Now I can’t strip and paint Ms. Rusty with her badge still on, so it will have to come off. Also, the poor badge is not in great shape so it will need some TLC also.
Before you can take off the badge, the pins need to be removed. One way is to drill them out, but a less invasive way is to straighten the pins and pull them out. I’m wasn’t sure the second option was viable due to the corrosion, but I gave it a try anyway.
At first I tried to use a screwdriver, and then a pair of pliers, to bend the pins so they would be straight enough to pull out. After several failed attempts I eventually gave up and severed the pins. To do that, I placed the screwdriver against the pin inside the arm and gave the screwdriver a sharp tap with a hammer.
Theoretically, at this point the badge should have been easy to pull off the arm. However, my first guess was correct and the corrosion was too extensive for that to work. So, I pulled out my drill and carefully drilled out the pins. Finally the badge came off!
Obviously the badge will need some cleaning and polishing, which I’ll cover in a future post. Believe it or not, Ms. Rusty is nearly completely disassembled – just a few more parts to go. We’ll cover that next time