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Happy Mac car emblem (was "Car vandalized. What next?")
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2010-02-15, 12:28

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2010-02-15, 12:37

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2010-02-15, 12:41

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2010-02-15, 17:53

I had someone steal a Porsche emblem on the back of my car a long time ago. I went out there and asked what he was doing to. Probably a good idea I didn't beat him up since he used a large razor/knife to rip it off. left all kinds of scratches and had to have the back repainted.

Grrr... thieves suck.

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2010-02-15, 19:16

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2010-02-15, 19:34

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I had someone steal a Porsche emblem on the back of my car a long time ago. I went out there and asked what he was doing to. Probably a good idea I didn't beat him up since he used a large razor/knife to rip it off. left all kinds of scratches and had to have the back repainted.

Grrr... thieves suck.


That's awful.

But I guess on the bright side, all he took was the emblem. It could have been worse, y'know. A drunk driver could have smashed into it on your first day in the neighborhood and then sped off.

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2010-02-15, 19:48

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That's awful.

But I guess on the bright side, all he took was the emblem. It could have been worse, y'know. A drunk driver could have smashed into it on your first day in the neighborhood and then sped off.
Or instead of a Porsche emblem, it could've been a 10 year-old Saturn emblem.

Or in my case, a Trek bike emblem...

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2010-02-15, 20:01

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Or instead of a Porsche emblem, it could've been a 10 year-old Saturn emblem.
Seriously! At least Porsche is still in business. My baby is a collectable now!
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2010-02-20, 17:10

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Possible, but unlikely. See that little bit of red plastic in the middle? I did a little research on replacements and apparently there are two holes and the emblem has two plastic feet that go into the holes to help hold it in. The red piece that's left there shows sure signs of breakage, see?

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I don't think plastic just "falls off" with uneven, sharp edges like that.
So, after fifteen minutes of contorting my arms between the engine and front bumper and twisting with pliers... and I've confirmed that this must have been vandalism.



That's the center peg that was still sticking through and that was holding the emblem to the bumper. This plastic isn't very brittle; so, the jerkwads must have pried the thing really hard to break it off. At least I can take solace in knowing that they didn't get away with the whole emblem as a souvenir or something.

Now that the guidance holes are clear, I'm starting work on the replacement emblem!

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2010-02-21, 18:40

I slow-printed Happy Mac on photo paper, superglued the print to high impact polystyrene, and coated it once with a matte acrylic sealer and then once with a gloss acrylic sealer for weathering protection.



Modeling cement bonds the plastic pieces together and superglue holds the bolt in place, reinforced with a little dab of hot glue around the edges.



And it's a near-perfect fit! Not bad for a first try.



The black in the emblem seems a lot lighter in the photos than it does in Real Life™ for some reason, but otherwise I think it looks great!



Lemons → Lemonade.

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2010-02-21, 18:50

So once the car dies, are you going to change the emblem to the sad Mac?



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2010-02-21, 18:55

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2010-02-21, 19:26

Nice work Brad ! It's really awesome. I would totally steal that one
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2010-02-21, 19:38

Sweet!
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2010-02-21, 19:39

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I slow-printed Happy Mac on photo paper, superglued the print to high impact polystyrene, and coated it once with a matte acrylic sealer and then once with a gloss acrylic sealer for weathering protection.
Scott Forstall approves.

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2010-02-21, 22:27

That is awesome. Brad is the coolest

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2010-02-22, 11:20

i am a little disturbed by the face within the face on the front of your car, Brad. but nice work!

oh... if the superglue gives on the bolt, try 5 minute epoxy next time...
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2010-02-22, 11:45

That's great. Do you normally park in that spot by the way? Having owned two Saturns I always glance below for the oil drips.

And I to would totally want to steal that emblem now.

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2010-02-22, 12:34

That's the one downside of this, Brad. You've gone and made something 5x cooler (and more steal-worthy) than the original Saturn emblem! The first Mac geek that sees this is gonna want it. Hope you made a few. You know, for backups? Good luck with that!
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2010-02-22, 13:11

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oh... if the superglue gives on the bolt, try 5 minute epoxy next time...
Good point! I'll consider trying that on v2.0. I was fortunate to be able to make v1.0 using only leftover materials that I had at home, but I don't have any epoxy. $0 budget!

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That's great. Do you normally park in that spot by the way? Having owned two Saturns I always glance below for the oil drips.
Fortunately, that's not my oil. I've checked! Since I live in an apartment complex, all of the parking spaces are already well-stained with oil drips.

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And I to would totally want to steal that emblem now.
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That's the one downside of this, Brad. You've gone and made something 5x cooler (and more steal-worthy) than the original Saturn emblem! The first Mac geek that sees this is gonna want it. Hope you made a few. You know, for backups? Good luck with that!
True. Making it was a little slow the first time as I was thinking through adhesion, the guidance peg, etc., and I did only make one, but I could easily crank another out on a lazy afternoon if someone yanks it.

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2010-02-22, 13:13

Have you considered covering it with a transparent resin to avoid further theft?
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2010-02-22, 13:24

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Have you considered covering it with a transparent resin to avoid further theft?
We used that stuff at an old job of mine to try and preserve leaf/plant samples for viewing, and found it was kind of tough to get it to work without leaving a bunch of bubbles in the solution. That looks pretty decent, I'd worry the resin would either cause the paint to bleed into it or end up making it harder to see.

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2010-02-22, 14:15

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We used that stuff at an old job of mine to try and preserve leaf/plant samples for viewing, and found it was kind of tough to get it to work without leaving a bunch of bubbles in the solution. That looks pretty decent, I'd worry the resin would either cause the paint to bleed into it or end up making it harder to see.
Yes, you would need to do a test somewhere on the car's paint where it wouldn't be noticed. I was thinking about applying it with a brush one thin layer at a time in order to avoid bubbles.
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2010-02-22, 19:22

Looks like today was a perfect test for my weatherproofing. Raleigh was smack-dab in the middle of a rainstorm system and the downpour was briefly heavy at times.



I was elated to see when I walked to my car this evening that my Happy Mac was still happy.



The good news? Happy Mac lives to see another day! The bad news? It looks like my sealer didn't completely cover the bottom edge, as you can see some of the black Sharpie ink (that I used on the edge of the plastic) starting to seep upwards into the image.

Still, not bad for a first attempt! I'm satisfied.

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2010-02-22, 20:22

Maybe you can get a temperature or humidity sensitive ink so it changes from Happy to Sad Mac depending on weather.

Or you could splurge and go for OLED and have custom icon control from inside.

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2010-02-22, 22:21

As for sharpie bleeding -- there are industrial strength sharpies that are water resistant.

Though I would be inclined to seal the edges with a black lacquer/acrylic...

This has to be my favorite DIY project I have seen for a while.
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Or you could splurge and go for OLED and have custom icon control from inside.
...THIS!
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2010-02-22, 23:46

Nice work.
Very impressed.
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2010-02-22, 23:59

That really is good work Brad! I love it. Most will never notice the bleeding you can see in the pic, maybe pull it and reseal?

OLED is just cool.

Oh, you might want to add this recent pic to the PCT in CE. I actually really like the image too.

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2010-02-23, 20:02

So. Cool.

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