"A mistake is just that: a mistake. Are you ready and willing to deal with the consequences if you make a mistake debadging your own car or truck?"
Many people (mostly guys) who decide to remove the car or truck emblems are generally the do-it-yourself type of guys.
The problem is that debadging your car or truck is a job that looks really very simple and straight forward at a casual observation.
I even have videos on my YouTube channel that go into great detail on how to remove the badges and emblems from your car and truck.
But for every step of the process (and there are in fact many steps), there is an opportunity to really mess things up; be it a little scratch here, or a major paint blistering moment there.
Every step of the way represents unique challenges you will not fully appreciate until you are actually attempting to remove these car badges and emblems yourself.
It is one thing to see someone with decades of experience do this in a video; entirely different when you are suddenly facing your brand new (or slightly used) car or truck with a certain tool, and you find yourself overcome with a healthy level of fear and uncertainty of due to your lack of experience.
"Darren, now that I see you doing this first hand right before my eyes, I am so glad I decided to pay you to do it. It looks so easy on the videos. Now that I see it first hand I can fully appreciate the skill and patience that goes into the debadging process!"
You may have already come to the wise conclusion to hire a person like myself to remove the badges from your car or truck.
In the event you are still on the fence, I have learned through decades of experience that most people truly don't understand each step and the potential for problems until they see it first hand.
Performing the debadging process countless times has given me a unique perspective: the ability to now communicate to you, the different points of view my own customers have shared with me.
The idea of doing this yourself is a very real and serious mental debate due to the potential consequences that are a reality.
Using the heat gun alone freaks many people out! Visions of blistering paint dance through many onlookers heads. And not to over-dramatize; but a valid reality as it is easy to become hyper-focused during this step and heat up areas of the car/truck and do permanent damage.
To this day, the 3M eraser tool still baffles all sense of logic and reason! How a semi-hard wheel can burnish off double sided tape that is meant to last a lifetime and not damage the paint is completely perplexing to me. Honestly I still get nervous using it as I am waiting for the day (that still has not come) that it finally does some form of damage. Imagine that if I still find this part of the car debadging process after decades of doing this, how truly nerve wracking it is for an inexperienced individual.
Most people think that the eraser wheel is going to remove everything. It simply doesn't as there is always going to be a thin layer of adhesive remaining that now must be removed as part of a separate step of the process. And this is exactly one of the most common steps that people will fail when debadging car/truck themselves. At this point impatience sets in and people rush to remove the trace adhesive and end up abrading their car paint. Not necessarily visible if you are working on light colored paint; but on a dark colored car, this becomes very apparent after the fact. After the damage has been done.
Not all debadging car jobs will require the use of a car buffer. But for complete perfection, it is a definite bonus. Especially if working on a dark colored vehicle. Often when people have gotten this far into the process, they will reach for an abrasive car polish and try to polish the area by hand only to reveal that now they have left a definite swirl pattern from using the wrong type of polish and attempting to polish by hand. Another common mishap.
This is about the only part of the equation that is a no-brainer. Simply choose your favorite car wax and apply after you have achieved perfection with debadging car or truck.
"Due to my global following on YouTube and the many debadging car videos I have, many people want to know WHY!"
So let me answer that question in the event that you are simply investigating the process or contemplating having this done.
Use the following checklist to add additional information that you should or would like to know in advance.
Trying to lay out every conceivable removal and replacement debadging job would be impossible due to the numerous factors that will ultimately determine the cost.
I have done my best to lay out the many nuances of this process so that you will be as fully informed as possible.
With that said, despite all these many nuances of debadging cars and trucks, every car/truck owner is different and have unique requests. Which means that ultimately, every job will be unique in actual cost to have done what you want done.
So with that said, I will make some broad generalizations so you at least have some context as to what to expect.
Virtually every job has fallen between $80-$350.00. (perhaps your unique situation will fall on either side of those numbers; there is always a first) I realize this is a massive spread in cost, but there is a massive spread in the countless jobs I have done along with the countless requests of the individual car/truck owners. Literally, anything goes. Seriously....
Before and After
Car Emblem Removal: Chevy Silverado
Notice how the back end of this Chevy Silverado truck has a new, cleaner appearance after the car emblems and badges have been removed.
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