Remove Car Emblems
Acura TL-S emblem replacement

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Growing in popularity, many people remove car emblems to enhance the uniqueness and originality of their particular car of choice. Often I am called upon as a professional to actually do car emblem replacement, which means I must first perform car emblem removal. remove car emblems

Emblem Replacement:
Acura TL-S

According to the owner of this Acura TL-S, the current emblem and logo was incorrect for the year of this TL-S that he had purchased as a used car in Washington state before he moved to Irvine, CA. He found my services on the Internet and was interested in having the old car emblem replaced with a new and correct version of the TL-S logo. While car emblem removal is one thing, it is entirely different to position a new logo or emblem correctly; suddenly you are faced with a whole new set of problem solving difficulties!

Step 1

remove car emblems

What may look like the same "remove car emblems" picture above, is really after I had removed the hard, plastic letters as the first step in the process. Because this car was a few years old, the double sided tape remained virtually intact even after removing the plastic emblems.

Step 2

remove car emblems

Removal of the double sided tape and underlying adhesive is the most difficult and damaging to the entire "remove car emblems" project. The picture at right shows the residual tape and adhesive that has hardened over time; which only makes things more difficult! Because of the much rubbing necessary to remove the adhesive, a certain amount of paint damage will be guaranteed.

Step 3

remove car emblems

Here we have the finished result of complete removal of all underlying double sided tape and adhesive of our "remove car emblems" project. Looking close will reveal the damage done to the paint due to all the rubbing with adhesive remover. Ironically, the damage creates an outline where the letters used to be. Because the double sided tape protects the paint underneath until the very end of the removal process, the majority of the damage is with the surrounding paint areas which is why the shadow is created the way it is. Removal of the adhesive residue and double sided tape is the 1st place people tend to do less than 100%. If you do not remove 100% of the residual adhesive and double sided tape of the "remove car emblems" task, you will only discover this later down the road in further steps, which will require you to have to repeat this step over.

Step 4

remove car emblems

Here is a shot of the area after I have sanded the area completely flat and scratch free using 1500 grit sand paper. This process is called color sanding/wet dry sanding. This is the only way to remove these types of scratches 100%. This is the 2nd area where most fail to do a truly professional job. Guys either do not know how to color sand, or they simply get hasty and lack the patience to see this part of the "remove car emblems" process through. The blue painters tape is used to tape off vulnerable areas during the sanding and polishing part of the "remove car emblems".

Step 5

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As you can see, the end result is nothing short of stunning; perfectly flat and polished paint. This is what creates the true wet-look to paint. Only a truly flat and scratch free surface can create this level of shine and perfection! At this point we are almost ready to install out new car emblem for a complete car emblem removal and replacement...almost.

Step 6

remove car emblems

If you are having me perform car emblem removal and replacement, it is necessary to have ordered the replacement emblem in advance. These can be ordered through the parts department of the car dealership. Notice how this particular car emblem is set in its own template for easier installation; I said easier, not easy. Correct placement is an area that many people get wrong, with either positioning the emblem crooked, or actually install in the incorrect position on the car itself. I have fixed numerous errors made by body shops themselves who simply failed to install in the correct position on the car. For this reason, "remove car emblems" is much easier than car emblem removal and replacement! It is necessary to lay out the position first using guidelines for correct positioning. There are many things to consider and this step is not recommended for the inexperienced. Once that emblem is attached, there is not going back!

Things to consider:

  • Is it level?
  • Which lines of the car has it been leveled with?
  • Is it positioned symmetrically on car?
  • Which points of reference on the car has the car emblem been positioned within?

Once you have had the "pleasure" of replacing one of these car emblems, you can begin to empathize with dealerships and body shops as to how they could possibly get it wrong; there is much to consider!

Step 7

The finished product of our "remove car emblems" page highlighting the Acura TL-S. If you want to compare the before and after you can see the overall improvement with the new emblem and the surrounding detailed area.

Before car emblem replacement

remove car emblems

After car emblem replacement

remove car emblems

If you are interested in "remove car emblem" or "replace car emblem" for your own car, I suggest you hire the Expert to perform this service for you, as this is not the time to go the "cheap" route. You can see my car emblem removal and replacement pricing at this link:

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