Professional removal of your truck/car emblems and badges
Removing the badges from your Dodge truck is a popular way for truck owners for a variety of reasons:
Mobile detailing is an industry saturated with many inexperienced "detailers" that are barely more than glorified mobile car washers. Due to the nature of the business, very little is required to enter the business...
after all, washing a car is not rocket science now is it?
But certain jobs that fall into the arena of auto detailing require much more skill and experience than a typical "glorified car washer" has....
or at least should. Removing car emblems and badges just so happens to be one of these specialized areas of auto detailing that should not be a time to cut corners in the name of saving a few bucks!
Removing the badges and emblems from your car or truck involve much more than what a casual observation might suggest. Each step offers opportunity for success or failure...
and by failure what I really mean is damage. As an inexperience person behind the job can cause damage that is either permanent at worse, or fixable at best.
For all damage is not created equal!
While many do-it-yourselfers following the many videos hosted on sites like YouTube will employ outdated techniques to remove the chrome plated plastic truck lettering, experience in the industry allows us to shorten this one step alone to a very straightforward and safe process.
The picture above shows the removal of the chrome plated plastic truck lettering already removed to expose the underlying double-sided tape used to fasten these types of emblems to cars and trucks.
Virtually every car or truck badge and Emlen is fastened using double-sided tape. This is a spongy, rubberized material that has adhesive on both sides and not only keeps the car or truck emblem in position for the life of your truck, but also adds a buffering gap between your painted body panel and the hard plastic edges of the lettering.
The picture shows a close up of the spongy, double-sided tape.Each car/truck manufacturer has their own version of the tape and vary in thickness. Dodge uses a thicker tape than many of the other manufacturers.
Despite the removal of the double-sided tape, there will still remain adhesive residue that now also must be addressed and dealt with. Once again, there are many adhesive removers on the market, and just like anything else, they are not all created equal. Much abrasions can be created during this process if an inferior adhesive remover is used where excessive rubbing is necessary for removal.
Here you can see the spongy, thick, double-sided tape being removed along with the shadow created by residual adhesive found underneath the double sided tape.
The final step of polishing the area for true professional results is either overlooked entirely, or done in ineffective ways due to lack of experience with professional polishing techniques, tools, and polishes.
The picture shows the final step debagding Dodge Ram truck job we did this day. Due to superior techniques, only minimal polishing was required using a light polish and a finishing polishing pad.
While many people know immediately if they are going to remove the lettering or emblems from their car or truck themselves, many people remain on the fence in trying to decide whether to remove them in the first place, and then how are they going to accomplish the task once they are committed to the removal process.
With that said, I have laid out the following pointers to be taken into consideration that are relevant for every part of the process from decision making to final completion:
Debadging Pricing Menu:
See this Debadging Car pricing menu for a pricing guide that will answer most cost questions. This particular debadging Dodge Ram truck consisted of the following:
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