Karmann Badge Restoration

One of the things that really bugged me about my Storm were the worn out Karmann B-pillar badges.

This is how they originally looked.

I thought about painting them silver but I knew that I would not be able to get an even finish. Then I came up with the idea of sticking chrome tape over the raised letters and cutting around them. Here is how I did it.

Firstly de-grease the badges and then press the tape onto the letters to reveal the outline as above.

Carefully cut around the letters with a super sharp scalpel. Take your time and don’t try this if you have just come back from the pub and have the DTs.

Finished. They look like new, which is good as they are no longer available.

I have used this technique on other badges to great effect. Just be careful when cleaning your car. The chrome can come off if you get carried away with the sponge.