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.
But sometimes you just have to ask yourself...
"Are you up for the challenge and the risk involved?"
The Internet and media platforms are filled with endless tutorials on how to remove car and truck emblems yourself.
I dominate YouTube with my countless debadging videos where I will literally teach you how to do it yourself. But you have to do a cost/benefit analysis for yourself to see what the winning conclusion is for you and your world.
Ultimately you have (3) specific options:
But for you to come to the most appropriate conclusion for yourself, you need sufficient information so that you are able to make an informed decision rather than an misinformed decision.
Perhaps this page will be your very first step of a process that many people tend to over-simplify at a casual observation. There are some very distinct steps you will have to consider:
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.
Removing the hard plastic car emblems is first on our list of removing car emblems job. These are usually made of lightweight, chromed plastic. Dental floss can be used, but fishing line is the preferred method of removal.
Dental floss typical breaks very easily and you will go through a whole lot of dental floss in most cases.
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.
Removing these emblems can be accomplished in one of the following ways:
Fishing line has truly proven to be the best approach. Dental is an alternative, but you will likely find you go through a lot of dental floss due to it repeatedly breaking.
Darren's Tips: If you use fishing line that is too weak (very thin), it will break on you more often than you like. But if you get fishing line that is too strong (very thick), then the actual thickness of the fishing line becomes a problem.
Some car manufacturer's use double-sided tape that is very thin and there simply is not enough room to get thick fishing line between the chrome plastic car emblem and the body panel it is attached to.
This picture shows me suing the 3M stripe off wheel to remove the double sided tape. While you can simply peel this tape off with your fingers, you will find very quickly how difficult this can be without using the stripe off wheel.
The longer your car emblems have been in place, the more difficult this process will prove to be without the stripe off wheel. Especially helpful when removing larger embellishments like the rub rails off this Chevy truck.
If your car is brand new the double sided tape will be much easier to simply push back with your finger tips to roll the tape off. There will always be some level of residual adhesive regardless of the age of your car or truck.
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.
There will always be sticky adhesive left behind regardless of how you decide to remove the double sided tape. This is often when problems arise due to the amount or rubbing that most other adhesive removers require.
The more rubbing you have to do, the more abrasions you will leave behind that require polishing to remove.
The Rapid Remover is the best adhesive remover I have found to date. If you allow it to do its job, the adhesive will literally dissolve away and you can wipe it off very easily.
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 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.
I have covered a lot of territory on this page. Between the resources I provide and the products and tool recommendations, you should be a much more informed car/truck owner capable of making a much more informed decision and plan moving forward.
Much success in your efforts!