Great tip (the tape thing), thanks!
BTW, have you ever explained the genesis of your car's name? Something in
the lyric of the song of the same name?
From: "Jeff McNeal" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Michael D. Nugent, Ph.D." <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: June 26, 2000 3:48:01 PM GMT
Subject: Re: VIN plate restoration/replacement
The commission plates from VB are blank and you will need to stamp the
number yourself, or take it to an engraver like the kind you'd find at your
local shopping mall. Metal stamp sets aren't all that expensive, but if
you're only going to use it once, maybe you can rent or borrow a set from
I had paint over my commission paint also and had good success removing
nearly all of it by pressing clear packing tape (the 2" wide stuff) against
the plate, burnishing it down real good, then yanking it off. The body
paint came off, leaving the black paint on the commission plate beneath it
Jeff in San Diego
'67 RHD Spitfire Mk3 aka "Mrs. Jones"
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----- Original Message -----
From: Michael D. Nugent, Ph.D. <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2000 4:29 AM
Subject: VIN plate restoration/replacement
> The VIN on my '68 Spitfire Mk3 was sprayed over by the PO (looks like
> spray can paint). I'm thinking about using paint thinner to try to get
> it off without taking off the black wording underneath - anybody have a
> better recommendation?
> And, Part Two, if that takes off all the paint, what's the story with
> the replacement VIN plates from VB, etc? Do they punch the number on
> when you buy them, or do you use a set of shop hand stamps and a large
> hammer or . . . ?
> Renton, WA
> >>----> 914 Lite 2.5 is FOR SALE (can't start the Spit6 project until
> it's out of the shop!):
> Tell your Porsche-phile friends to see it at