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Old 11-17-10, 01:15 PM   #1
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Raleigh heron Headbadge refurb and also decal ideas.

Anyone have ideas on what to do with the headbadge on a Raleigh I'm doing a resto on? It has most color faded and a very tarnished surface, sort of cruddy looking.

Just get rid of it and use a decal?
Polish it up and see what'll come of it?
Is it of good enough metal to actually shine or clean up?
Buy new online? How to reattach?

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If I buy 2 mil decals from ebay how do you think they'll last if applied carefully? Should absolutely plan on clearcoat over them? Will they lift over time if under a clearcoat?
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I tried polishing up my Heron Headbadge a while back and ended up with a stamped piece of copper colored metal with no paint left on it

polish carefully. The ones that are stamped and have some relief to them are a little harder to source in good condition. I've got a spare one of the later type which are just aluminum with the coloring screened on. if you want it for postage let me know.
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I polished up the one on my son's bike, then redid the paint. I ended up edging the paint with an xacto knife as well. I reattached by tapping the holes and using 3-48 brass screws with loctite on them.
Planning to repeat the process on my SuperCourse this winter.
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I used brasso and testors model paint on my Professionals badge. It took a couple of hours but I think it turned out nice.

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That looks great
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+1 very nice work. Gives me a little hope I might be able to fix up the badge I polished all the paint off of.

How'd you re-rivet it?

I put mine back on with double sided automotive trim tape...I crazy glued the original rivets back in place then stuck the whole thing on.

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I didn't do those rivets. My frame has some extras that were added onto it and it was probably painted at that time. Whomever did the paint probably did the rivets. I painted the badge while it was affixed to the frame.

Here are a couple poor quality "in process" photos. I used a needle to scrape the excess paint away.

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that cream tube looks good, exactly what I'm going for. Almond color with white headtube, seattube band and gold lug lining.
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that cream tube looks good, exactly what I'm going for.
Thanks, Its "Pepper White". Same color they use on Mini Coopers.
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I used brasso and testors model paint on my Professionals badge. It took a couple of hours but I think it turned out nice.
mkeller, that came out great! i did essentially the same thing... i first used steel wool with plenty of dish shop to polish up the brass, then filled in the paint sections using red and black decocolor paint pens. afterward, i removed the excess paint by steel wooling with soap again. i don't have before shots, but this is the after:



the rivets are faux rivets; i just glued on the heads of brass nails.
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i know this is of topic but the headbadge on my trek is in the same condition ugly looking and the paint is all but gone, i was just thinking about taking all the paint off and leaving the brass.

but those repaints look amazing.
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yeah, that's what i like to see. Great work all, i hope I can make it look as good.
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I went the other route when I built my Raleigh Sports Path Racer. I removed the headbadge and replaced it with a decal from e-Bay seller Cyclomondo. The decal installed on my bike:



Here's a link to the same decal, as well as the typical Raleigh headbadge decal, offered by Cyclomondo:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Raleigh-head-t...item45f3b638f7
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i know this is of topic but the headbadge on my trek is in the same condition ugly looking and the paint is all but gone, i was just thinking about taking all the paint off and leaving the brass.

but those repaints look amazing.
+1, that's what I did on my Trek as well. The Trek badge looks good in all-brass finish.

But somehow I doubt the Raleigh badge looks that good in plain brass. I'd try the paint trick; but if anyone needs a genuine Raleigh badge, I'm pretty sure I have one.
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here is what i have so far.

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the rivets are faux rivets; i just glued on the heads of brass nails.
How is the badge attached to the headtube?
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How is the badge attached to the headtube?
glue.
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There was a fellow in Chicago a while back who was selling NOS Raleigh rivets for cheap. He was on Ebay a long time ago but gave it up and was just doing it on the Chicago CL. Someone linked to it on the Craigslist thread but that was months ago.
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I like it, very art deco.

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here is what i have so far.

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So what's the best way to remove the rivets without damaging anything?
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So what's the best way to remove the rivets without damaging anything?
I made a slide hammer that has a pin that rests against the rivet on the inside of the headtube. It's really ugly but works well.
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So what's the best way to remove the rivets without damaging anything?
I used a small beat up chisel and a hammer popped the backs off mine. Managed to save the heads.
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