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Offline Ralph Messina CLC 4937

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Re: Gold plating vees '53
« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2018, 07:24:54 PM »
“OLD DOG LEARNS NEW TRICKS”……..Mike’s post about Dirilyte, a term I had not heard before,  made me curious enough to search the subject. Looking at the pics I found:  I felt the color was too much like brass. Further references noted the material was a bronze alloy which means it could be adjusted to a richer gold like color. Additionally I found a site devoted to polishing Dirilyte  ( ) which explains the proper way to polish and care for the surface. ….Seems the material does not react well to certain cleaners and chemicals. Several of the posts reported the ability to achieve a mirror  finish like real gold. Unfortunately, there’s nothing specific about the nature or composition of the “protective coating” but comments suggest that regular use of unprotected flatware could cause surface stains or tarnish. If the ’52-55 emblems were Dirilyte, and I’m now convinced they were, they had to have some protective coating, be it lacquer, plastic or even a flash coat of gold.

Gary, if your emblems are only dull and tarnished, but not pitted, you should be able to restore them yourself using the polishing materials noted above after removing the protective coating. If there’s surface pitting, you’d have to sand the surface to remove any blemishes before polishing. I’ve done this on stainless and it’s a laborious process that’s hard on hands and fingers. It’s wet sanding from 400 through 3000 grit, without skipping a grit.  I would not try my first piece using machine sanders.  After polishing the surface a thin lacquer coat would protect it for a while but eventually you’d have to remove it, polish out any new tarnish, and coat it again.

Great topic!


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Offline Munich

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  • Name: Gerhard Renz
Re: Gold plating vees '53
« Reply #21 on: January 10, 2018, 12:02:08 PM »
interesting discussion.
Till now I waste no thoughts about the V´s, but now I wishes to know it.
Master Parts List 1959 says that V´s and Crests from 1952 including 1958 are gold finished and clear coated, but no word to the material. 1959 alum. finished.

I have two spare sets of 55 Cadillacs V´s. The first one: Trunk Derilyte 3 1463457, Hood 146?460 AF 3 (is no Derilyte and it is heavier, maybe brass.
The second one: Both NO Derilite and are heavier maybe brass. Trunk 14?3459 AF 1, Hood 14??480 AF 3.
All exact the same size and studs but different numbers.
Now I was in the garage and removed my 1955 gold finished Trunk V, it is Derilyte # 1463005  12 30
I plated it 20 years ago and it looks like new.
Any help from the professionals?.


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