Lotus Elan

Gear knob restoration

PostPost by: denicholls2 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:41 pm

Once you've got the badge out, just paint the face completely with flat black of your choosing using a model brush. Or if you want to practice your skills, get a 0000 brush and a magnifying light and paint around them. You will be able to get the raised lettering back when it dries with a toothpick or your fingernail. Use 2 coats before engaging in that.

My problem is getting the badge to stay in the knob. Last I knew it was floating about the interior, may be lost now...

When you're happy, paint the whole thing including the badge with polyurethane. I wouldn't bother with 2-part (which is pretty toxic), but whatever. Then 0000 steel wool, recoat, steel wool ... until you are almost satisfied (because some of us will never quite be. :))
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PostPost by: JonB » Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:58 pm

vincereynard wrote:
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vincereynard wrote:Just to confuse things - the background on my gearknob is yellow.


Yours has a Lotus logo on it, not a gate pattern, no? And it is an aftermarket aluminium part, IIRC..


That would just be being facetious, I would never do that!


Of course not, Vince! :D

So here we are after some staining:

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Definitely getting there.
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:18 am

Story Jon but imho that’s way too dark. What are you going to do about the little holes just flood them with varnish?
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PostPost by: JonB » Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:18 pm

Hi Steve

Noted. But it's light years ahead of when it started in terms of condition and the colour will be a good match for the new dashboard. That's what I am hoping to achieve here - if the knob was light it would stick out against the dark dashboard. It is pretty clear to me that this is a very dark hardwood. When wet, it looks like mahogany. Were all the Lotus knobs made of the same material? I tend to doubt it.

As to the holes, they are not very visible to the naked eye. Close ups are very unforgiving. I will lay down a few coats of clear and see where we are. Probably have to sand and spray a few times to get the lovely glassy finish I am seeking.

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PostPost by: JonB » Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:50 pm

And here we are.

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A Steve says, too dark, but compare with the new dash and it looks good. Come too think of it, it looks like Vince's.

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In the end I decided not to go with a super high gloss because a) it's easier to do it like this and b) it feels better (actually looks like patina).
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