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#1 Brig

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 07:08 PM

It's not uncommon to find someone to have painted over an insignia for some reason or other. It has happened to me a dozen times. I have long championed used nail polish remover and Q-tips to do this, and have often shown before and after pics. This time, I thought I'd remove half the paint and show the effectiveness

 

This WWII USMC sweetheart pin appeared to have been painted a LONG time ago, with a thick off-white paint, I think it may have been house paint. A little nail polish remover, a few Q-tips, and the difference is plain as day..

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 07:12 PM

Good job. Wonder why it was painted like that in the first place :lol:



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Posted 26 May 2019 - 07:24 PM

Looks great. But I was wondering if that was paint or is it tarnish? The reason I ask is that I got a bomber wing sterling silver and I could have sworn someone painted it.

And it turned out to be tarnish.... I cleaned it by wraping the silver wing in foil and soaking it in hot water and baking soda and when I pulled it out 10 min

later... No paint... And No tarnish patina what ever you want to call it. i like my silver wings clean.

Im not advocating it. Imnot suggesting you use it. I use it to clean silver and I like how it works. I wouldnt use it on gold navy wings etc..

So I was just wondering if that was actually paint?

Is that wing Gold? Or is it silver picking up the yellow light from something?

Thank you.



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Posted 26 May 2019 - 07:54 PM

Good job. Wonder why it was painted like that in the first place :lol:

 

 

I have seen sweet heart jewelry painted from the manufacturer.



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Posted 26 May 2019 - 08:34 PM

This was paint...most likely house paint, it was thick, uneven, and crap

 

It is gold in color, the paint was white

 

I imagine this was done by a kid who got into mom's jewelry. It's a high quality pin, it definitely wasn't done by the maker

 

This style pin was also done late war in lead



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Posted 26 May 2019 - 09:05 PM

I have theory... Back in the late 1960's like 1967....

My mom was into antiques... She had this old victrola in the basement.

It worked had extra needles records the horn / speaker everything. I used to crank it up and play the old 78's.

I came home from school one day and it was in the living room.

Gutted and painted white!!! I remember asking her why she had done that. She said that that was what was in style.

I was devastated. As little as I was I couldnt believe she had ruined it.

Might be why those are painted white? She did the same thing to a couple of

old crank phones with all the guts still inside.

Apparently was the thing to do in the late sixties...


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