Gold Emblem Restoration (?)

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Scott, Jun 17, 2006.

  1. Scott

    Scott Guest

    I have a 2005 Honda CR-V SE in Taffeta White, with the optional gold
    emblem kit. While the two "H" logos look alright at the moment, I am
    absolutely disgusted with the way the gold "CR-V" emblem has weathered -
    or not - the past ten months, including a very mild winter season.

    There's what looks to be a very thin, brittle plastic film curling off
    of the lettering, along with some tiny greenish pitting on the letters'
    surface. Some areas remain bright and shiny when polished up, but for
    the most part, the emblem's pretty dull. So, what I'd really like to
    know is if there's some special product and/or procedure for
    rejuvenating these emblems and preventing them from deteriorating

    I'm sure I'm going to have to replace one or more of the emblems more
    sooner than later, but, in light of the cost of the gold kit, I was
    hoping to get a little more life out of what I have. So, any input that
    you folks can offer would be greatly appreciated, and I'll certainly be
    looking forward to reading your replies!

    Thanks in advance for your help and Happy Motoring!

    Suburban Buffalo, N.Y.
    Scott, Jun 17, 2006
  2. Scott

    TeGGeR® Guest

    (Scott) wrote in

    These pieces are vacuum-metallized, AFAIK. (Similarly to the inside of a
    potato chip bag.) There is no way of fixing them other than re-metallizing
    them, and I don't even know if that's possible on plastic parts. You can
    phone metal plating companies in your area to see if anyone knows more.
    TeGGeR®, Jun 17, 2006
  3. Scott

    jim beam Guest

    as tegger says, they're metalized plastic. unless you have free access
    to the gear, re-plating is uneconomic. when you replace the emblems,
    next time, /do not/ over-clean or attempt to polish them. they're
    coated in a thin layer of plastic on top of the metal film, and once
    that's been worn through, the [thin] metal is free to corrode. just
    lightly clean with mild soap and a brush, but otherwise leave alone as
    much as possible. no abrasives or polishing compounds.
    jim beam, Jun 17, 2006
  4. Am I missing something here? Isn't this just a 1000% markup dealer
    add-on? I met a guy who wanted the gold on his Lexus. He found out
    the name of the guy who did it for the dealer and got him to do it on
    the side for a fraction of the price.

    I don't see why the gold couldn't be reapplied to the old part.
    Gordon McGrew, Jun 17, 2006
  5. Scott

    jim beam Guest

    yeah, and?
    you could, but it's cheaper to just buy new emblems and stick them on
    yourself. the emblems are not plated with real gold btw, just a gold
    colored metal. that's why they corrode if the protectant is removed.
    jim beam, Jun 17, 2006
  6. Scott

    TeGGeR® Guest

    (Gordon McGrew) wrote in

    Hence my advice to the OP to call around to plating places in his area.

    The problem is getting the flaky old stuff off without eating the plastic
    that's underneath. Putting it on a NEW part wouldn't be a problem.
    TeGGeR®, Jun 20, 2006
Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.