FAQ About Pins

Pin Grading Policy

It is of the upmost importance to me that the pins you buy are high quality. I strive to only sell the best quality pins. With that said, it is realistic that no pin will be perfect and that each batch/design is different. Enamel pins are handmade so there will always be natural variations and slight flaws that occur during production. I put a lot of time and effort into accurately grading my pins. Please read below for more details regarding my grading standards.

 

A Grades/Standard Pins

A grades are the best of the batch for the particular design. If there is a minor imperfection that is across more than 20% of the batch, that will be considered part of the standard grade for that design/batch. No major defects will be considered standard. A-grades may exhibit very minor imperfections that can be seen under close inspection.

  • Stray glitter
  • Wiggly posts
  • Low-fill or very slight overfill of enamel in small areas
  • Slightly misaligned screen printing
  • Small traces of random debris (dust, fuzz, etc.)
  • Small amount of tiny bubbles in enamel, glitter or epoxy coating
  • Light scuffing, scratches, dents, enamel bleeding
  • Slight discoloration and imperfections in/on the metal plating on the sides and /or back of the pin
  • Minor enamel discoloration
  • Small areas of thickened metal lines that reduces or removes visibility of small enamel fill spots from original design. 

 

B Grades/Seconds Pins

Noticeable minor defects, however, very close to being Standard grade pin.

  • Moving posts
  • Low-fill or overfill/spillover of enamel in large areas
  • Chipped metal plating
  • Discoloration or staining
  • Missing enamel or plating
  • Wrong enamel fill colors
  • Large dents, divots, scratches
  • Missing or badly printed screen printing
  • Excessive bubbles, scratches, dents, divots
  • Foreign materials embedded in enamel, glitter or epoxy
  • Lightly discolored / tarnished plating
  • Scratched or medium-largely misaligned screen printing

 

C Grades

Very visible multiple minor and / or major defects. Perfect for those on a budget. In addition to defects mentioned above, C grades may also have...

  • Missing posts
  • Heavily Discolored / tarnished plating
  • Other

*By purchasing from The Dapper Dolphin Co. you agree to these conditions. Thank you.

 

FAQ

Is there a way to fix a bent pin post?

Yes! Place a rubber clutch on the pin post, then gently (and SLOWLY) push the needle back in place. A pair of pliers would work well too. If the post is wobbly a little super glue should help.