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    How many of you guys have boiled your badge to remove the plastic coating? How long did it take, what did you use to scrub off the plastic and what policsh do you now use in it.

    I have been using the ole tooth paste/ soap and water to keep my badge clean because I didn't want to remove the protective coating on it but now after a few years of use, the coating is coming up on it's own and starting to look like poo.

    Most of the guys I work with have removed the coating and use a variety of polishes, some make the silver turn gold, some use a high grit polish that wears down the surface to make them look like they have 20yrs on when they only have 4. I need a non abrasive polish that won't fade out the color or lettering on my badge, so far mothers chrome polish is the best I have seen, any other suggestions?
    Originally Posted by VegasMetro
    maybe it’s me but I think a six pack and midget porn makes for good times?????

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    Couple of questions, who is the company that made the badge and second, what style (i.e. LAPD, Oval, Eagle top, star?). I've heard of guys doing this over the past 10 years, however, I have never done this to my own.

    My badge is a traditional eagle-top and when it got dull a few years back, I took it to a jewelry store and they re-finished it with the original Rhodium-type finish that Blackinton uses on their badges. That's my suggestion.
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    • #3
      Sun Badge Company, Oval. The enamel coating is coming off around all the raised edges and the rank and dept rockers top and bottom. My dept is in a long standing dispute with Sun Badge co and they are currently NOT taking anything that has to do with us, go figure. Unless it's over and nobody told me yet.

      Removing the enamel is "the thing to do" on my dept and I haven't yet because honestly it's a pain in the *** to keep it looking good after you do, but if you do properly keep it up a 10 yr old badge will look better than a brand new one. I just don't want to jack it up completely, already has a descent scuff from a sidewalk i encountered.
      Originally Posted by VegasMetro
      maybe it’s me but I think a six pack and midget porn makes for good times?????

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      • #4
        don't boil it...eventually all the blue and white will crack out and it will look like crap. go to a motor cycle shop and buy some "semi-chrome" polish (it comes in a red and yellow box/tube). Just spend a few hours polishing it and the plastic will wear off and you won't have to destroy your badge to do it. After your done the badge will look awesome and not be discolored in the least bit.
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        • #5
          ok that's what I was looking for, all the guys that told me to boil it then told of the 4 hours process of boil scrub, boil scrub, boil scrub etc it took to get that crap off.
          Originally Posted by VegasMetro
          maybe it’s me but I think a six pack and midget porn makes for good times?????

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          • #6
            From the "Sun Badge" catalogue re: care of your badge...

            "Do not polish your Sun Badge. The badge is covered with a protective coating of clear baked enamel. To clean your Sun Badge use warm water and soap and a soft-toothed brush. Do not use any abrasive on your badge."

            http://www.sunbadgeco.com/catalog/su...talogsmall.pdf

            Your badge needs to be sent in to have a new protective coating put on it; otherwise, you will have to polish it for the duration. Doing that will remove all of the relief and eventually make the badge undistinguishable.
            Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

            [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]

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            • #7
              Originally posted by SgtCHP View Post
              From the "Sun Badge" catalogue re: care of your badge...

              "Do not polish your Sun Badge. The badge is covered with a protective coating of clear baked enamel. To clean your Sun Badge use warm water and soap and a soft-toothed brush. Do not use any abrasive on your badge."

              http://www.sunbadgeco.com/catalog/su...talogsmall.pdf

              Your badge needs to be sent in to have a new protective coating put on it; otherwise, you will have to polish it for the duration. Doing that will remove all of the relief and eventually make the badge undistinguishable.
              That's a running theme on LAPD, shine it every day, eventually you have a flat gold, oval on your shirt. I guess i'll send it back eventually, for now mothers soft polish it is.
              Originally Posted by VegasMetro
              maybe it’s me but I think a six pack and midget porn makes for good times?????

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              • #8
                Follow the Sunbadge Co. info, I have seen a CHP badge that was smooth in the middle where the state seal is and an LAPD badge that had city hall smoothed out. Looks bad.

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                • #9
                  Plastic??? Must be a new thing... I put mine in my wallet many, many, many, years ago, and it looks the same today, as it did then... We are given ours when we retire. It's still there.
                  As far as "rights" are concerned; I look at them this way... I don't tell you what church to go to, and you don't tell me what kind of firearm I can own...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mtxpro752 View Post
                    Sun Badge Company, Oval. The enamel coating is coming off around all the raised edges and the rank and dept rockers top and bottom. My dept is in a long standing dispute with Sun Badge co and they are currently NOT taking anything that has to do with us, go figure. Unless it's over and nobody told me yet.

                    Removing the enamel is "the thing to do" on my dept and I haven't yet because honestly it's a pain in the *** to keep it looking good after you do, but if you do properly keep it up a 10 yr old badge will look better than a brand new one. I just don't want to jack it up completely, already has a descent scuff from a sidewalk i encountered.

                    I recently brought mine back to Sun Badge for refinishing, they are still taking them. This is the third time I've done it in my 20 years. It always looks much better when it comes back and usually lasts a long while, unless it gets scraped in a scuffle or something similar. I've never "boiled mine" and have no regrets.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mtxpro752 View Post
                      How many of you guys have boiled your badge to remove the plastic coating? How long did it take, what did you use to scrub off the plastic and what policsh do you now use in it.

                      I have been using the ole tooth paste/ soap and water to keep my badge clean because I didn't want to remove the protective coating on it but now after a few years of use, the coating is coming up on it's own and starting to look like poo.

                      Most of the guys I work with have removed the coating and use a variety of polishes, some make the silver turn gold, some use a high grit polish that wears down the surface to make them look like they have 20yrs on when they only have 4. I need a non abrasive polish that won't fade out the color or lettering on my badge, so far mothers chrome polish is the best I have seen, any other suggestions?
                      Alot of Deps like myself used to boil our name tag to remove coating. worked fine. Most of us took our badges to a jeweler to remove coating. Works really good. You just have to keep up on the polishing after that.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Five-0fromSoCal View Post
                        Alot of Deps like myself used to boil our name tag to remove coating. worked fine. Most of us took our badges to a jeweler to remove coating. Works really good. You just have to keep up on the polishing after that.
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                        • #13
                          Hahaha....try shaving that HUGE bear on our badge! It looks like a pig when it's shaved.....

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mtxpro752 View Post
                            That's a running theme on LAPD, shine it every day, eventually you have a flat gold, oval on your shirt. I guess i'll send it back eventually, for now mothers soft polish it is.
                            I managed to make it through probation without boiling mine... and still haven't done it a few years later. The whole badge number thing and missing window thing does not matter anyway since they decide to recycle badge numbers. I worked with a P1 a few days ago that had a 16K badge number... Some lady asked me if I was being trained by my FTO who was standing by the passenger door. I said "yes... press hard... three copies"
                            Yes I'm a LEO... but I do no care enough to go through the trouble of changing the screen name.... sorry

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                            • #15
                              Mine has a few years of use on it, I was really holding off on taking of the covering but oh well, time has come. Yeah I am seeing all these fresh P2's and boots running around with 18, 17, 16 badges... not right. Once the city gets it all worked out with Sunbadge they need to reissue those guys and gals the badge #'s they were supposed to get. It's like reissuing serial #'s, you just don't do it.

                              I'll try my best not to wear down the windows and all that.
                              Originally Posted by VegasMetro
                              maybe it’s me but I think a six pack and midget porn makes for good times?????

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