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How to: De-Badge and De-Mold your vehicle

Discussion in 'How-to Guides' started by bzboardco, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. bzboardco

    bzboardco New Member

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    Not sure if this was previously done but thought i might throw some knowledge at you guys

    This is a 2002 Silverado so the adhesives have had a good amount of time to set in...lol

    Supplies Used
    1. Astro 400E Smart Eraser Pad-10.00 (BOUGHT FROM NAPA)
    2. Strong Fishing Line
    3. Abrasive Compound I chose Turtle Wax Polishing Compound-3.00
    4. Old Drill
    5. Gloves

    Sorry I had already removed the badges before I decided to do this How To Tutorial so I will start with the molding which is the same removal just a bigger task

    I began by using fishing line to "saw" away at the adhesive tape on the molding *Tip* make sure you use a strong line mine was very brittle and became so what annoying...lol *Tip* Unlike the badges the molding is stronger so once I had it removed about 6 inches with fishing line I could grab the molding and pull it the rest of the way off.

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    Once the molding was removed I used the Eraser Wheel to remove the tape left behind *Tip* I bought two wheels but was able to remove badges and molding with one they last awhile *Tip* The Eraser Wheel is actually made to fit on another tool but the stud is long enough on the back to fit in a drill

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    As you can see the Eraser Wheel removes the adhesive very well and fairly quickly I can imagine how long this would take using Goo Gone..lol The Eraser Wheel leaves a residue behind that is majorly cleaned off by soap and water.

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    After "erasing" the adhesive I washed the area with soap and water very good then I used the turtle wax compound to remove the excess smudges and wax the area

    As you can see the 1500 emblem and molding is removed. This complete job took a better half of my day to do but I like it and think it was worth it. HOPE THIS WILL HELP YOU GUYS

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  2. oOcornflakeOo

    oOcornflakeOo New Member

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    Cool beans, I always thought those moldings were punched in!
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  3. bzboardco

    bzboardco New Member

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    Well none of them were punched through on a 2002 can't say if they are or aren't on newer or older models i guess it is something where you just do it and pray...lol:gasp:
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  4. oOcornflakeOo

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    lol yeah.. nice clean up job too, I thought you were scratchin the hell outa your truck at first with that eraser wheel
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  5. tlperry68

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    Good info. It will be usefull for sure.
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  6. Perault

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    came out good considering you have an older red truck. Well done.
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  7. Duncan_Z71

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    I dont get why people take the 1500 and all off there truck. i mean i would have people to know what i have instead of asking is it a 4x4, 1500 or 2500 or whatever
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  8. Springthing

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    For that nice clean look. It's all part of aesthetic mods. Some like a certain colour, some like the clean shaven look, some like the big lifted look, etc etc. If you are going to mod at all.. where to you draw the line? New grill? Chrome door handle covers? Replacing the bowtie with a yellow one? Taking out the ride height and lowering it by 2"? *shrugs*

    If you have more than one person a year asking you what kind of truck you have then you need to hang out in new places. LOL

    Also - what does the guy sitting behind you at the red light care if he knows you have a Z71 or not?

    Just my $.02
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  9. chevyrulz

    chevyrulz New Member

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    i debadged my s10 showtruck. it looks great, but to an experienced body man it says collison. the primary reason for debadging is to re-paint a vehicle. i still love the look and will probably debadge my new '04 silverado when i get the time. duncan please research the difference between "there" and "their"



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    in case you don't already know, the paint might be less faded behind your badges and mouldings if your vehicle is more than a few years old. i could tell slightly when i debadged my '99 s10 around '02 but good wax helped it blend and the sun evened things out eventually
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  10. bnlake

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    Cool write up! Sometimes the simplest mods are the scariest for a lot of people. I'll be de-badging mine this weekend (my z71 sticker has already started to tear off)
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  11. silversurfer

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    Nice job - looks very clean. Impressive because I thought it was going to look obvious, but it ended up smooth and clean.
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  12. zachh1020

    zachh1020 New Member

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    Wow! looking at your truck I would swear it was my old truck! :lol: Mine was debadged before I bought it.

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  13. silveradotrailblazer

    silveradotrailblazer New Member

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    De-badge/molding

    Did my 05 Silverado and wifes 05 Trailblazer, both look 100% better and no more wax to clean from grooves around molding.
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  14. bzboardco

    bzboardco New Member

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    Glad the Write-Up could help :great:
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    I used a heat gun and then wiped the residue off with alcohol.
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  16. Darstedly

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    Cool to see the theiry put to the test. Your truck looks great. I'm also glad to see another use for fishing line. I only ever use is to hang Christmas decorations. (Can you tell I don't go fishing?) :great:
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  17. bry2500

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    If you do it that way you need to have no distractions. A little too much heat and bye-bye clearcoat.

    Cool write-up. BZ way to go on this one.
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  18. chevyrulz

    chevyrulz New Member

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    finally got around to de-badging my silverado this weekend. i didn't use a heat gun and my results were flawless. I just grabbed hold of the door trim pieces and ripped them off. the glue came off easily with just my finger nail and about 20 minutes. i used alcohol to clean what little bit of glue was left, followed by some carnauba wax to protect.

    the tailgate was a little trickier. the chevrolet emblem came off with most of the glue on it and i easily blended the slight fading with some light rubbing & meguire's scratch-x followed by more carauba wax. the silverado logo proved to be a total pain in the ass, and theres still some glue on my tailgate from it. my thumbs got sore so i'll finish it up over the next couple days. the heatgun will definitely make this process easier, but you gotta be real careful with the heat application. i'll probably stick with the fingernail method solely for the best interests of my paint
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  19. 1st Synthetics

    1st Synthetics New Member

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    Yes you do have to be careful with the heat gun. I just heated them up just enough to distort the emblem and then garbed the corner with a pair of duckbills and pulled them off. And yes my fingertips hurt after scarping off residue too.
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  20. zachh1020

    zachh1020 New Member

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    Just got back inside from removing my door molding. My driver side pulled off with no tape left on the doors. (According to the date on the back of the molding it was just made in '08). The passenger side was a different story. It was original to the truck. It left every piece of tape behind, I expected this. I searched all 4 auto parts stores in the area and can't find an eraser wheel. Can anyone recommend anything else to remove the adhesive?

    Thanks!
    Z
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