Rear Badge Renovation

The rear badges have not been taken off of the car in the 9 years of my ownership and they were looking decidedly the worse for wear. The 308 logotype, in particular, was dirty and the white paint had started flaking off.

Ferrari 308 rear badge in need of restoration
A badge in need of restoration

I removed the old white paint with a toothpick and then gave the anodized black finish a polish.

Ferrari 308 rear badge during restoration
Dirty old white paint removed

After polishing, it was clear that some of the anodizing had chipped off on the lower right part of the 8.

Ferrari 308 rear badge with chipped anodizing
Chipped anodized finish

Time to touch it up with some gloss black enamel from my scale modelling days (Ferraris of course)…

Ferrari 308 GTB badge mid-restoration
Black finish all touched up

Next for the white line. I used an oil based white sharpie for this. The ‘very fine’ nib size is a good fit for the groove being painted.

Ferrari 308 GTB badge mid-restoration
Starting to add the white back in

The paint in the Sharpie is very thin so a number of coats need to be built up. I think I finally ended up with around 10 but the resulting badge came out looking like new again.

Restored Ferrari 308 badge
Completed badge, ready to go back on the car

The GTB logotype is polished on the 1978 cars and so only needed a good going over with some Brasso metal polish. The logotypes changed throughout the years… sometimes painted/anodized, sometimes not. The subtle variations of logotypes used over the years are well captured in Bluemel’s “Original V8” book:

Ferrari rear badges
Variations on a theme

Finally, the cavalino also got a good dose of Brasso to clean it up so that it no longer looked like it had been hanging off the back of a smoky, diesel, gen-1 Fiat Tipo doing taxicab duty in Milan.

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2 Responses

  1. Kevin Bento says:

    No clearcoat? I did the same to mine a few years ago by a local guy that does work for Orange County Choppers. He added a spray of clearcoat to keep it all protected.

    Looks great, nice job on it!

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