I have a 1969 College Queens that sat next to a chain smoker in his living room for the last 20 years. I blasted it out with a blower and washed it with Mean Green then quarantined it for 6 months on the far end of my garage with air fresheners inside to get rid of the smell. Now I've pulled it out and starting to restore it. The plastics are all in tact but are completely brown! I cleaned the heck out of them with Novus 2 and a rag and got them spotless, but the brown is soaked in hard.
So I scanned the plastics and began figuring out how to recolor them in Photoshop. I soon figured out that it would take me decades of learning in Photoshop to do this simple task, so I looked for an easier solution. I did a little experimenting and landed on a great solution. Rather than Photoshop, I used Paint. Yes, Paint. The simple picture editor that comes with Windows. I brought the scan file in and saved it as a 16 color .bmp file. That knocked it down to a very easy file to deal with. At that point it only took a little over an hour to clean up the pixelation with the eraser tool and then fill areas with more appropriate colors. I still have a little work to go. Once done, I am going to send the file to an online printer to print it as a window decal with the ink on the glue side. I'll then paint the backside white and cut it out with an Xacto blade. Then I'll make new plastics from PTFE and apply the stickers.
Here is the work in progress of the artwork before and after.
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