Removing car emblems has grown in popularity over the past ten years and remains a very popular option for new car owners looking to add a level of personalization to their particular choice in cars. Especially popular with the Mercedes crowd of buyers, I will be highlighting these how to remove car emblems for any of the Do-It-Yourselfer's out there looking to customize their ride with this process. Follow along as I bring you years of experience with my helpful pointers so you can get professional results yourself.
Before you start out on your project to remove the badges/lettering/emblems from your car or truck, it will be helpful to go through a preliminary checklist first. By reviewing these initial pointers you may either come to the conclusion that this DIY project is for you, or you may decide to hire a professional like myself to perform the car emblem removal project for you; either way I can help.
I will be taking you through the steps of removing car emblems on this Mercedes ML350 today. When it comes to the car emblem removal process, working on dark colored paints such as this black are the most difficult. This example also highlights the fact that on this particular car, the ML 350 along with the 4 Matic are removable while the Mercedes 3-point star is not.
The before shot of this Mercedes before removing car emblems. By removing the ML350 and the 4MATIC, we can clean up the back end, put your Mercedes in "stealth mode" as far as particular model, and make for easier washing and detailing of this area by removing additional emblems to wash and wax around.
Removing the hard plastic car emblems is first on our list of removing car emblems job. These are usually made of lightweight, chromed plastic. Often, car emblems can be made of a rubberized plastic that makes them pliable, such as the case with the emblems on the Porsche models. Regardless of material, these must be pried up and lifted off. The double sided tape used to attach these emblems to the car come in varying thicknesses depending on the make of the car. Mercedes happens to use a rather thin double sided tape. Removing these emblems can be accomplished in one of the following ways:
Since I am a big fan of "cutting to the chase", I will actually use a pair of pliers and literally grab the car emblem without touching the paint, and lift straight off from the paint; this is a very quick way to get to the end result of removing car emblems! Of course a very steady hand is required for this effective process. If you like this idea but are unsure of your steady hand, you can apply some blue painters tape to protect the surrounding paint as a safe guard from damage by the pliers. Otherwise, simply use the dental floss or fishing line as shown at right, to literally cut and saw through the double sided tape. A little over half way through, you will be able to lift the emblem up and finish pulling away from the car with your fingers.
If the car emblem is new enough, I have found that in many instances, I can pry these car emblems up with my finger nail as they are that easy. I have also found that the underlying double sided tape is much easier to remove when removing car emblems is done very early on; which leads into our next step.
The picture to the right shows what is left over after the initial removing car emblems step. This step of removing the remaining double sided tape and adhesive will be the most challenging in my opinion. Most people get freaked out with the removal of the emblems themselves, and this is understandable as during removal, you realize that there is no going back at this point! But anyone with experience removing car emblems will tell you that removal of the underlying adhesive is the most difficult, and is the step that also produces the most damage to the paint underneath.
There is no wonder product that will simply dissolve this adhesive and double sided tape easily. Regardless of the adhesive removal product you use, the material will break down gradually through repeated rubbing and application of the removal product; some products simply "break down" this adhesive quicker than others. When you have completely removed any last traces of adhesive or double sided tape, you will now have a clean and scratched paint surface! Yes, I did say scratched! This will be the result of so much rubbing with the cloth and adhesive remover. On light colored paint this will be much less noticeable, and this is the reason removing car emblems from dark colored cars is more difficult; its not the removing car emblems process that is difficult, it is the removing the scratching left behind that becomes difficult with dark colored cars.
If you value your time as much as I do, I would suggest you get this amazing tool from 3M; called the eraser tool attachment. No magical adhesive remover exists which has been suggested by many companies to be the ultimate decal or adhesive remover. They all require additional steps and create a gooey and sticky mess when you start to use them. This 3M tool represents an amazing alternative to speed up this process without all the mess. It attaches to any drill motor and can be used by any beginner for truly effective removal of any car decals or double-side tape as is the case here with removing car emblems.
This picture shows me preparing to remove this set of decals and lettering using a 3M eraser tool that you can see attached to the end of my drill motor.
If you are cheap and really have to save a buck, then you can remove the double-sided tape through the repeated process of adhesive removers to help dissolve the tape, and picking with your finger nail, and rubbing aggressively with some cloth. The trade off will be you save around $40 bucks by not having to purchase this tool, but you will be signing on to the following by not going with the Stripe Off Wheel:
Depending on the following factors will determine what your final step will include:
This final step will be a case by case decision to make based on the above points. I will lay out the few options you have:
Polish By Hand:
You can use some form of car polish to hide and diminish any scratching or marring you may have put into your car paint.
Polishing by Machine:
For true professional results, you will have to use a car buffer of some kind, along with the appropriate polish to remove any trace scratches or marring left behind. You can follow this link to my other site where I help you decide on the most appropriate car buffer for you and your needs.
If you have made it this far with removing car emblems from your car or truck, then don't forget to add a nice coat of wax for the final and finished product. You can see my best rated car wax page with help in finding the best wax for your needs.
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