Because it had such a perfect patina to match the rest of the brass parts, lot of care was taken to get the side cover badge removed without damage. I started out trying to mask off the badge, but it became clear there was a good deal of sanding necessary around it and the best result would only come with it removed. If you have ever tried to drill small steel pins out of aluminum, it is next to impossible. Your skinny drill bit will wander from the steel and drill into the aluminum every time. Having made this mistake before, I didn’t even try, but considered more exotic solutions like TIG welding a small piece of metal to the pin heads and using that to pull it out. I ended up trying to slip razor blades underneath, stacking them up slowly to try and lift the pins, but that did not work even slightly. The solution was fast and simple, merely a matter of finding the right tool and technique. Turns out that guitar fret removal pliers are the ticket. Get a good grip on the head and simply twist, no pulling is necessary as the pin is actually a screw.