The engine badges need to be touched up. The black paint has some chips and dings and the chrome lettering needs some polishing. I use brake caliper paint as its very hard and resistant to heat.
Quick Bench Top Paint Booth
I set up a quick paint booth for use on my workbench using a cardboard box and a small packing spacer as a stand.
Then I used paint masking paper and tape to cover all but the badge and put the cover on top of the paint stand.
A well shaken can of paint and a couple of light passes and the badge is painted.
Remove Paint From Lettering
I let this dry for two hours before removing the paint from the lettering with 600 grit wet sand paper. Use the sanding block with a light touch to get the paint off the lettering.
Bake Until Done
Then I backed the cover in the oven at 200 F for 20 minutes.
To make the lettering shine again, I used 1500 and then 2000 grit wet paper and carefully polished out the nicks from the letters so I didn’t gouge the fresh paint. Next, I used Griots polish to buff the letters and finally finished up with Autosol metal polish. I rinsed the cover and with a toothbrush I brushed the bits of polish out of the cracks of the letters and dried the cover using compressed air.
Here is the final result mounted on the bike.