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hughwolf
Apr 13th, 2006, 10:38 AM
I want to remove the emblems off of a new car - any tips or suggestions?

MB///HRV
Apr 13th, 2006, 11:59 AM
Depends on the car. If it's double sided tape then some dental floss and 3m adhesive remover will do the trick. Just remember to polish and wax the specific area when completed.

Michael Stoops
Apr 13th, 2006, 05:52 PM
Originally posted by MB///HRV
Depends on the car. If it's double sided tape then some dental floss and 3m adhesive remover will do the trick. Just remember to polish and wax the specific area when completed.

That's how I shaved all the emblems off my '04 PT Cruiser. I want to remove the emblems from my '99 Miata too, but they're pinned so I guess they're staying put. Darn.

Jeff Smith
Apr 13th, 2006, 09:12 PM
Originally posted by MB///HRV
Depends on the car. If it's double sided tape then some dental floss and 3m adhesive remover will do the trick. Just remember to polish and wax the specific area when completed.

I did the same to my Honda Ridgeline. Be sure to use waxed dental floss. I tried unwaxed and it just kept breaking on me.

Mine was not double sided tape but some sort of rubber adhesve. I had the chrome covered plastic emblems. They were hollowed out a bit I guess to hold the adhesive in better.

I just worked the dental floss in a back and forth, saw like, motion under a corner. It was a little hard at first. Most likely becuse this was my first attempt at doing something like this and was skiddish about working it to hard. But after a few minutes I had the feeling everything was OK so I started really working the dental floss. It cut right through the adhesive very well. With my rubber adhesive I could almost pull the dental floss through rather than sawing at it.

I then used Isopropyl Alcohol to remove the remaining adhesive. I just dampened a cotton washcloth and soaked the adhesive with it. Then I started at on end and kind of rolled the adhesive along with my thumb until it all came off in a nice neat litte roll.

There were still a few spots of adhesive left so I went back over that with the Washcloth agiain and it came right off.

My only regret was that I created some minor swirl/micromarring because as I was just getting into detailing I applied too much pressure on the Washcloth when removing the glue. So let the IA or 3M Adhesive Remover do the work for you. Try to avoid to much manual input on it.

Of course you will need to rewax once done but a Spot treatment should be fine.

If you do get the swirl/micromarring, try.;
ScratchX (http://www.meguiars.com/?auto-paint-cleaners/ScratchX)

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1008Scratch_X.jpg

I did all this because when I bought my Rideline they had just come out and I had done some extra work to it. Nobody knew what it was. I would be sitting at a Sheetz Gas Station drinking my coffee and look back in the rearview mirror at pepole who were working their way around the back of the truck to try to look at the emblems and figure out what it was. So, of course I just had to go out of my way to make it difficult for them.:D

The whole process I detailed above took less them 30 minutes for me to do 4 rather large emblems. One was about 12" I guess. The other 3 ranged from 4-8".

Paulvr4
Apr 14th, 2006, 08:45 AM
Jeff - instead of dental floss you can try fishing wire. that works well too. I like to heat up my emblems with a hairdryer first to loosen up the gunk.

WD-40 helps remove the residue and use scratch x afterwards to balance out the paint.

Good Luck!

inthedetails
Apr 14th, 2006, 10:10 AM
Damn...fishing line! Thanks for the tip boyz. Mineral Spirits works well for residue too.

ecorona6
Apr 27th, 2006, 06:17 PM
Great tips!

Jeff Smith
Apr 27th, 2006, 08:34 PM
Originally posted by Paulvr4
Jeff - instead of dental floss you can try fishing wire. that works well too. I like to heat up my emblems with a hairdryer first to loosen up the gunk.

WD-40 helps remove the residue and use scratch x afterwards to balance out the paint.

Good Luck!

I had heard about fishing line. I chose the waxed dental floss. For some reason I felt the wax would help create some sort of protective barrier to keep the line from abraiding the paint. Made sense to me at the time. :)

Chubbz91
May 20th, 2010, 12:40 PM
I removed my lil civic badge from my trunk lid very easy without floss.I just strated to wiggle it and it came out. But idk why but the paint left like a chipped lining around where it said civic so from now on it have to see a lining of where it said civic. Any suggestions on how to get rid of it if their is a way?

J. A. Michaels
May 20th, 2010, 02:44 PM
Wd- 40 or Goo Gone works great. I have hadgreat success with the WD-40.

I Shine
May 28th, 2010, 10:54 PM
I just did this on my wife's new truck (new to her). The fishing line trick didn't work too well for me. I used a heat gun to soften the adhesive, then I just pulled them off. I then sprayed them with WD-40 and let it soak in for a while. Using an old credit card I scraped off the adhesive. This removed about 90% of the adhesive. The rest (mostly residue) I removed with laquer thinner and a micro fiber cloth. Afterwards I went over it with my G110 and M105. Looks great, took me about 3 hours from start to finish. It was a Silverado extended cab truck. I removed all of the emblems and side moldings.

Calais
Jun 5th, 2010, 03:51 AM
I can't believe no one has said: BODY SOLVENT! The stuff is like magic on anything sticky. I use my heat gun to warm up the emblem's adhesive, remove it with fishing line (12lb test) and spray with Body Solvent and wipe away. I also use Body Solvent on my hands when they are black with grease from working on my engine.

zeegs
Jun 5th, 2010, 07:20 AM
Fishing line, goo gone, scratchX, NXT, worked great. Do it on a hot day the adhesive is a lot softer.