How To Debadge A Car: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Today I’m going to teach you how to properly debadge a car without damaging the paintwork.

This guide applies to all types of vehicles including cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats. As long as it’s held on by adhesive this guide will work for you.

Before you get started, you should be warned that not all vehicle emblems are stuck on with just adhesive. Some have internal clips or rivets that may leave holes behind. To find out which type your vehicle has, you can do a quick Google search.

What you’re going to need:

  • Paper towels or clean cloth
  • Soapy water
  • Hair dryer or heat gun
  • Dental floss or fishing line
  • Adhesive remover that can be used on paint e.g WD40, 3M Adhesive Remover

Now you’ve got everything you need, lets get started.

Step 1: Clean the area you are debadging

It is important that you clean off any dirt/debris from the badge and the area around it using soapy water and a clean cloth. Failing to remove any bits of dirt could cause damage to the paint work when it comes to rubbing the adhesive off.

If you have an air compressor, feel free to give the area a blast with that to further ensure you’ve got all the dirt off. This isn’t necessary but is an added bonus.

Step 2: Apply low heat to the badge using a heat gun or hair dryer

Set your heat gun or hair dryer to a low heat and gradually heat up the badge you are trying to remove until you can get it to slide around.

Warning: be careful when handling the badge because it will be hot.

Once you can slide the badge around, move on to the next step.

Step 3: Slowly slide the fishing line or dental floss behind the badge

Slide the fishing line or dental floss back and forth behind the badge staying close to the body of the vehicle until the badge is completely removed.

While doing so, try not to pull the wire towards you as this could cause the badge to snap.

If you’re following this as you go, you may notice the adhesive from the badge is still on your vehicle. Don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal and we are going to fix this in the next step.

Step 4: Apply adhesive remover to the left over residue

Grab a fresh paper towel or clean cloth and soak it in your choice of adhesive remover.

Begin to carefully rub the left over adhesive with the cloth and allow the adhesive remover to sit for a few seconds.

If the adhesive is being perticulalry stubborn, get another clean cloth or paper towel without adhesive remover and rub the left of adhesive some more.

Repeat this process until there is no adhesive residue left on the vehicle.

It is important to know that you cannot use too much adhesive remover. Also make sure you use it in a well ventilated area or with a respirator as the chemicals can be quite potent.

Step 5: Clean the area to remove any left over chemicals

To finish up. Once again, clean the area with soapy water just to make sure you get off any last bits of adhesive remover and grease that may still be on there.

This step is not super important but it’s good for added peace of mind.

 

TL;DR

Step 1: Thoroughly clean the area of dirt with warm soapy water

Step 2: Apply a low heat to the badge using a heat gun or hair dryer until the badge slides around

Step 3: Slide the fishing line or dental floss behind the badge, moving back and forth until it comes off

Step 4: Soak a clean cloth or paper towel in adhesive remover and apply to the left over residue

Step 5: Clean the area once again to remove any left over chemicals

 

Top Tips

  • When using the wire behind the emblem do not pull towards you
  • Make sure the adhesive remover you choose can be used on paint
  • Do not apply heat after you have used adhesive remover until you have cleaned it off

 

I hope you enjoyed this guide, I will be making many more like it so make sure to stay tuned by signing up to our newsletter. You can do this by using the form to the right of this page.

P.S This is purely an educational guide, do not use it to pinch other peoples badges.

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