How to remove car "emblems"

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  1. Scott_lb

    Scott_lb Supporting Actor

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    I am interested in "renewing" my '97 Toyota Camry. I've always taken great care of it, however, I am now in the process of getting the 60k mile service done, changing the belts, etc. I am also fixing up some of the asthetic aspects of the car as well. The four gold emblems on the rear of the car ("Toyota", "(the toyota symbol)", "Camry", and "Le") are very faded, and I'd like to replace them. After popping the trunk, I haven't the slightest idea of how to remove them. I see many other cars on the road who have removed and/or replaced the emblems on their cars, and I'd like to know if I need to take it to a shop to have it done or if I can take care of it myself.

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  2. Tim Markley

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    This is commonly called "debadging". Most of these badges are held on by glue. You can use fishing line and just 'saw' back and forth between the emblem and the paint finish to get it off and then use something to remove the rest of the glue. I think there's a product called 'goo gone' or something like that. I've never actually done it myself so I can't really be more specific.
     
  3. Shane Bos

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    there is a product called "Goo Gone". I have also seen "Sticky Stuff Remover". Lighter fluid usually works very well to remove residue, however I don't know what any of these products will do to the paint.
     
  4. Don Black

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    Dental floss and a hair dryer work well for debadging. Be carefull with Goo Gone though to make sure it doesn't damage your paint job.
     
  5. Bobby T

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    A heat gun or a very hot hair dryer. If there is any adhesive left use 3M adhesive, tar, and wax remover or you can get an eraser wheel that attaches to a drill.
     
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    use floss, a hair dryer, and goo gone automotive (or any other bug/tar remover)
     
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    or if you live someplace warm, park your car outside for awhile, and let the metal get warm, and then use the floss/fishing line.
     
  8. Steve Schaffer

    Steve Schaffer Producer

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    Check out how much new gold emblems are going to cost before you remove the old ones, or better yet go back to the original chrome emblems.

    In most cases those gold emblems have a thin plating of real gold, and they are quite spendy to replace.

    If those emblems were "factory" they are real gold plated and very expensive to buy from the dealer. There is also a process by which the originally chrome emblems were gold-plated on the car at the dealerships, and this too resulted in a thin plating of real gold.

    Dealerships could either order cars with the gold emblems from the factory, remove the silver ones and replace them with factory supplied gold ones, or plate the originally chrome ones at the dealership with an electroplating kit.
     
  9. Scott_lb

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    Thanks for the input. Yes, they are factory gold emblems. Also, I have checked out the prices on new ones. They run about $120.00 for a set. I'm not sure if I'm still going to do it, though.
     
  10. Clinton McClure

    Clinton McClure Casual Enthusiast

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    I debadged my Celica last fall and it took about 15 minutes to heat up the adhesive with a hair dryer and saw it off with dental floss, then almost 2 hours to get the rest of the adhesive to come off. I used the 3M auto adhesive remover and used a finishing polish after I got all of the adhesive off.
     
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    Dental floss and plain water for me. Fishing string would be stronger but I don't fish so I used dental floss. Now, my Toyota emblem is making a nice display on my computer monitor. [​IMG]

    Jay
     

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