Debadge Car Tips from the Expert
While many people get hasty and start to pull and tug the car emblems off their car, they quickly find out that what appeared as a simple process, is indeed much more than they bargained for! As a professional, I have been called upon to fix many incomplete and bad car emblem removal jobs done by the inexperienced and the impatient. In an effort to help the "Do-It-Yourselfer", I have laid out the following tips to help you get not only satisfactory results, but professional grade results. I have also laid out some of the exact products I use professionally in the column to the right. So whether you are a professional detailer looking to enhance your profit stream by adding this service, or simply an individual looking to apply some of their own effort, my tips will give you a huge advantage.
GMC Yukon XL Denali
The debadge car of the moment is this 2003 GMC Yukon XL. Because this Yukon is as old as it is, it presents additional problems to the removing car emblems task; the longer car emblems and badges are attached to a car, the more difficult it is to remove the double sided tape that is used to attach the emblem to the car. This also means that additional scratching is done to the paint during the adhesive removal process. These are the steps of the "debadge car" process:
Debadge Car Step 1
The shot to the right shows the first step already started with the removal of the XL. You can see the thick underlying double sided tape underneath. The double sided tape used by the Chevy and GMC products are as thick as you will find when it comes to removing car emblems. Not only is it thick, but there is plenty of it to remove! Removing the actual plastic car emblems is no brain surgery; most guys use dental floss to "cut" their way through the double sided tape in order to lift up the edge of the emblem, whereby you can simply pull the remaining emblem off with your fingers.
Debadge Car Step 2
The shot above shows the process of removing the thick, sticky, double sided tape I usually "roll off" with my finger tips. This gets to be a bit painful after awhile as you have to use extreme pressure to get the tape to roll off from the paint. If you look closely, you can also see the next step of the debadge car process with the residual adhesive laying underneath the double sided tape. Once all the double sided tape is removed, then adhesive remover is used to remove the glue or adhesive left behind from the double sided tape.
Debadge Car Step 3
The picture above shows the damaged paint after all the double sided tape and residual adhesive has been completely removed. Rubbing alcohol will work as an adhesive remover, but is much less effective than an actual adhesive remover like the 3M product pictured in the right column of this page. Using rubbing alcohol will be cheaper, and you might already have it around the house, but will greatly increase the time and effort of this step, as well as leave additional scratches in paint due to excessive rubbing. I recommend using a micro fiber towel to use the adhesive remover with in order to limit the amount of scratching done to the paint; especially if you plan on polishing the paint by hand as the final step.
The shot to the right shows where the GMC car emblem was with remaining adhesive left to be removed.
Debadge Car Step 4
The finished product above shows the new and improved "cleaner" look of the back end of this Yukon XL. Because this is a black Yukon, I needed to do color sanding to remove all traces of paint scratching. It is possible to polish the paint by hand if you are a "Do-It-Yourselfer" and I have laid out the tools and products in the column to the right that you can pick and choose from based on your budget and commitment to removing car emblems. Color sanding is the only way anyone is going to obtain this level of shine and perfection in the car emblem removal process.
If you live in the Orange County, CA area, I can offer my services for car emblem removal and guarantee professional results. If you consider yourself mildly resourceful and good with your hands, this project is definitely doable with these tips and by shopping some of the products in the column to the right. Just like any other car detailing project, it is always easier on light colored cars as the paint on these cars is much more forgiving. Polishing the paint damage by hand is acceptable to most people due to the fact that the scratching will only be visible in the right lighting. By using one of the polishes to the right, you can restore the shine and luster to your paint that will look great 98% of the time, and in most lighting. Like I said, it will be the rare cases, and only in the "right" lighting that any of the residual scratches will be visible; and this is usually only by those with an overly critical eye!
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Car Emblem Removal Products
The list of products below will produce superior results for you when performing the car emblem removal process. I have divided it into 2 separate sections for you:
1) Professional detailers
2) The "Do It Yourself" crowd
Car emblem removal is an excellent add-on service you can offer people. Very popular with people, car emblem removal service can be mastered with the helpful tips I offer here, along with these superior products listed below. Most professional detailers will already have some form of commercial tar and adhesive removal product; if not, use the 3M product below in removing the adhesive residue from the double sided tape. If you are already skilled at using either a DA or rotary buffer, the Meguiar's kit below is what I personally use and recommend professionally for superior results. These polishes are incredibly user friendly and great for any car emblem removal job as well as any paint correction process you need to take a car through!