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Mark III Bonnet Badge

robolab

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On the late BJ8, including mine, built in 1966/67, the badge on the bonnet is in red paint and not in enamel. The paint of my badge is very washed out and difficult to identify. Since the chrome plating is still very good, I would like to repaint the badge with high-gloss paint. Can someone tell me a comparable RAL color type?
 
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BJ8Healeys

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Re: Mk111 bonnet badge

The BMC BJ7/BJ8 parts manual shows only one part number each for BJ7 and BJ8, although there were at least two configurations of the BJ8 badge: vitreous enamel and red paint. Some BJ8 owners have claimed that their badge was plain un-painted chrome from new.
Pretty much all of the painted badges I have seen were faded from 50 years of sun and washing. I would guess that the original red paint was selected to match the red of the vitreous enamel badges. It's hard to judge colors from paint chips on-line, but I think the RAL 3020 Traffic Red would be a good choice.

Gerd: you have a private message.
 

Marvin Gruber

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Re: Mk111 bonnet badge

Steve there is something to the all chrome badge, I have one ( a spare) and have seen at least three more. Don't know any more than that but no evidence of creamic or paint.
Marv
 

BJ8Healeys

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Re: Mk111 bonnet badge

Marv, I have seen many all-chrome badges that have no evidence of ever being painted. There just isn't any hard proof that they left the factory that way because BMC was so casual about documenting changes in official documentation. BJ8s came late in the game anyway, so perhaps BMC gave up on any effort to update the manuals on cars that were coming to the end of production.
 

BigGreen

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Original or not, I got two painted one's from different sellers
One (on the botom row) was said to be from a drawer ... 40 years or so untouched

PaintedMkIIIBadgeFront.jpgPaintedMkIIIBadgeBack.jpgRedPaintedMkIIIBadgeFront.JPGRedPaintedMkIIIBadgeBack.JPG

Paint looks like metal-primer
 

Patrick67BJ8

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I remember seeing the red painted ones in the seventies and eighties. There was a lot of them with some of the paint missing. I even have the original painted one that came with my 67 with a couple of Chips in the paint.
 

Healey Nut

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I have a bare chrome one somewhere in my spares box . Not sure if it ever had paint or not . I decided to buy a reproduction Cloissine one as they fit the look of the car way better .
Can you imagine the horror if they put a painted chrome badge on an Aston Martin instead of the hand enamelled and hand polished version that the actually use .
I can’t remember the number of hours spent on each one but it’s a lot and a google search will find it .
https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a22658987/aston-martin-hood-badges-vaughtons/
 

Tallman48

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I bought my 67 BJ8 in 1969.. it had a plain chrome badge and look like it had not been altered in any way.. I loved the red cloissine badge so much I replaced the original a couple of years later.. looks so much better
 
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