Painting Around the Emblem/Shield
Like it says, what do you folks do about painting around the maker's shield on the steering tube?
I've inherited an old [cottered crank!] Atala that's beyond restoration, but ripe for rescue. Anyway, the Atala shield is pretty classy and in great shape [unlike the paint and chromed frame]. It appears to be attached by two rivets.
So. . .do I remove it to paint the frame or tape it over?
Ride it like you stole it
Get a drill and drill out the rivets. You can pick up a small rivit gun for less than $10.00 at Harbor Freight Tools or Northern Tools to put it back on after repainting.
you're painting the whole frame I assume. in that case, I'd strip everything I could off the frame, including that badge. those cheap rivet guns work well. make sure you try to find stainless rivets when you put the badge back.
When I've sprayed my cars in the past, I have taken off the emblems all together, but if the badge is solid(i.e. not letters) then liquid latex is an easy way to completely mask off the badge. Just paint it on, and peel it off. Simple as that. The paint may make a bond between the (dried) latex and the frame, so make sure to use an exacto knife to cut the seam between the two. If you're careful with the latex, you'll get a clean mask and it is reusable in the future. The latex is also really nice for doing graphic work on your frame(or panel) for flames, lettering etc. Liquid latex will make the best stencil you've ever had, paint it onto some wax paper and cut out the design, or just paint the negative of your design on the frame and spray away. Make sure to do proper base prep though!
Removing the emblem is probably the best way to not get overspray on it and it allows you to do a good sanding job or whatever in that spot as well.
Or you could do what I did and press some masking tape down really well over the badge, then run your finger nail around the rim so that you get a smooth tape-down on the "sides" of it. Use short pieces of tape (pie shaped wedges) to get around the curved edges. Then take your x-acto knife and slice around the tape, getting the tip of the blade just under the edge of the emblem (between the emblem and the frame). Carefully peel off the tape from the frame, watch for spots that you didn't cut thru well enough as you're peeling so you don't lift the tape off the emblem, press down the tape on the emblem all over one more time, and wa-la, you're done.
good luck, worked fine for me.