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I had read on the site that early models had plated bowties and later had painted.
Maybe I caught caught up in the change.

I wasn't really pleased with the gold and had been observing what others had done, paint, crossed flags, script, etc. Fortunately I have a wife that likes the car hobby and she too agreed that (for us) I might improve the look. We finally decided red in the front and black in the back. If I didn't like the black I was going to take it off and put the crossed Chevy flags on.

This post is about the front, I'll follow with the back.

I used 2000 grit wet sanding paper made to a sponge. As you can see the gold came off evenly and without too much work. I considered the natural white briefly and moved on to the red as planned.
I had "automotive touchup paint" left from doing the gauge pod, engine cover and some touchup work. I also has sandable primer from them, probably should not have gotten red, would be easier to see the base coat coverage.

I sanded it, taped it. I used the foil tape and could slide it between the chrome and the painted parts. Primed. painted , retaped and put about 7 coats of clear coat on it.

I'm not a painter, carpenter, and as many of you know I'm also not a mechanic, I'm just saying this worked for me. Be very careful with sand paper around any chrome or painted surface, you can create a lot of extra work.
 

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I found after a lot , very much, sanding that the back was plated. It started getting lighter and I thought it might turn into chrome or satin.
It didn't, it just got less gold. Mine had two puckers, air bubbles in it. You can see the one in the upper left corner had some rough fiberglass work under it. A liite shows in the right corner. When sanded, the bubble collasped into a wrinkle. When I lifted the outer bowtie up to put the tape under it, the bubble ran, got larger. That's when I decided to pull the plating off:banghead . Some came off easily some had to be carefully picked off and it wraps the sides. That leaves a rough metal edge, so that has to be carefully removed.
If I hadn't had the two bubbles, I would have painted over the plating. I didn't want to take it off and the have to use tape to put it back. That seemed like to much of a challenge for me.
Anyway, I finally got the plating off and went through the same process as the front. I'm not sure I would recommend this. We really like the black, I have black license plate backup light bracket and we like the contrast.
I thought I did a very good job when putting the tape and plastic on, but I did have some over spray I had to compound, polish and rewax.:crying: But if I ever do it again, I'll know how.:laugh:
 

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Looks like you did a good j o b!!!!

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Nice! I especially like the red front bowtie.
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I checked out your garage under your avatar. We did the same thing, Went from a Miata to the the SSR. We have a couple of friends with Miatas, it was a lot of fun. One of our friends has the same color combo as yours(was), really sharp.
Ours was midnight blue with cream interior.
The "R" is much more usable. I just wish my friends would "trade up">:)

Here is the last shot. We stopped to get lunch on the way to part with Mazda.

Oh, we went up to Maggie Valley this summer to celebrate a friends birthday at the casino. The annual Miata rally was going on at Fontanna Village, 500 to 600 miatas each year. Google it sometime.
 

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I checked out your garage under your avatar. We did the same thing, Went from a Miata to the the SSR.....
Yea, loved the Miata. Amazing handling! But, it was too small for road trips (for both legs and luggage). Yours was a beautiful color combo... and hard top! Nice.
Loving me some SSR now though. :smile2:
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I hated the yellow also but went with a chrome one and a chrome name plate. The chrome bowtie does not jump out at you like a colored one does, blends in with the satin spear and chrome name plate.

Where did you get your chrome Bowtie? I was looking back through old threads and think I found a source but depending where you got yours, I may get one or two from your source. I may also do the rear in chrome ?:liebe011:
 

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Where did you get your chrome Bowtie? I was looking back through old threads and think I found a source but depending where you got yours, I may get one or two from your source. I may also do the rear in chrome ?:liebe011:
The link to the ebay site where I got mine is no longer good but this is what it is, front and back. I have a chrome one on the back as well, I l like it so much better then that yellow one, I hate the yellow bowties.


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The link to the ebay site where I got mine is no longer good but this is what it is, front and back. I have a chrome one on the back as well, I l like it so much better then that yellow one, I hate the yellow bowties.


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I'm not sure if our tailgate is flat. Did this emblem have any curve to it, did you have to shape it any, or was it a great fit right out of the box? That is one of my favorite looks.
Thanks for sharing.
 
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