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Removing, or shaving, badges can give your car a nice clean look. It isn't really hard at all but can ...

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Old 02-21-2013, 02:13 PM   #1
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Removing, or shaving, badges can give your car a nice clean look. It isn't really hard at all but can be tedious and require some patience. I have done this before and this is what I recommend.
  1. Wash the area to be worked.
  2. Warm the badge up with a hair dryer to help soften the adhesive, being careful not to get it too hot which can damage the paint.
  3. Take fishing wire (about a 1' length) and go back and forth, in a sawing motion, behind the badge to cut through the adhesive.
  4. Once the adhesive has been cut through, and the badge is off the vehicle, soak the remaining adhesive in a product that's clear coat safe (Goo Gone will work but use sparingly).
  5. With a non-marring tool (plastic blade/scraper), or fingernail, remove the remaining adhesive, being careful not to scratch or mar the clear coat.
  6. Once all adhesive is removed, buff the area with rubbing or polishing compound and then throw on a coat of wax.
Don't rush! Be patient with it and you'll get great results.

Be aware that older, weathered (faded) paint will most likely show signs of where a badge has been, since the paint beneath a badge is usually protected from the elements.

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Old 02-21-2013, 03:03 PM   #2
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Nicely done write up!
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