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    Quick & Easy Emblem Removal

    Ever since I purchased my Honda Civic Si a year and a half ago it has repeatedly been referred to as the "Honda Si" from friends, techs at the Honda dealership, and so on. Since it is currently the only model Honda makes with the "Si" designation, it makes sense. For that reason - and because I dislike taping the emblem off anyway - I decided it was time to remove the Civic emblem altogether. This makes for a much cleaner appearance.

    Most emblems on vehicles manufactured in the last 25 or 30 years are attached with an adhesive backing. If you have an older car, the emblem more than likely bolts onto the panel. This guide is for removing the former.

    It's real simple, so don't click away just yet. Here's a couple basic tools you will need:






    First you'll want to heat up the emblem using a heat gun or hair dryer. I used a hair dryer for two reasons: 1. I don't have a heat gun. 2. Less chance of damaging the panel.

    You only need to heat the emblem for 15-30 seconds or so, and pay close attention to the surrounding finishes. Use the "fight or flight" method to determine if the surrounding panels are too hot. If you can't touch them without yanking your hand away in pain, then it's too hot. Take your time - better safe than sorry.




    Once the emblem has been heated up, take your fishing line and wrap it around your index finger on both hands. It's kind of like flossing a tooth, but much bigger. Perform a "sawing" motion as your work your way behind the emblem.






    Normally the emblem will pop right off, but mine wasn't as easy so I simply had to pry it off with my fingers. Be careful, the emblem might still be hot from the hair dryer.








    What you see is leftover adhesive. You can remove this with a plastic razor blade, or simply use your fingernail. A plastic razor blade works much better.




    Once you remove the majority of the remaining adhesive, spray 3M Adhesive Remover directly onto a DAMPENED (with water) microfiber towel.




    GENTLY wipe the panel until all the remaining adhesive from the emblem has been removed.




    Tada!




    Just to be on the safe side, I quickly washed the panel using a rinseless wash. This is to ensure any residue from the adhesive remover is completely gone.






    3M Adhesive Remover is pretty potent stuff, so it will remove your wax or sealant. I quickly applied a coat of Wolfgang Fuzion to protect the area.




    That's it!




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    Re: Quick & Easy Emblem Removal

    Slick!!! How did that suspension go in?!?!
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    Re: Quick & Easy Emblem Removal

    nick, looks much better (and cleaner) without the badge. all the cars (including mine) in my family have all the badges taken off except for the middle logo badge (H or whatever).

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    Re: Quick & Easy Emblem Removal

    Is there ever an issue of the letters shapes being left behind on cars a few (+5 years old) years older from UV fading the surrounding paint?
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    Re: Quick & Easy Emblem Removal

    Quote Originally Posted by Smokinss View Post
    Slick!!! How did that suspension go in?!?!
    New suspension was installed late Saturday night. So far so good.

    Quote Originally Posted by VISITOR View Post
    nick, looks much better (and cleaner) without the badge. all the cars (including mine) in my family have all the badges taken off except for the middle logo badge (H or whatever).
    It does make for a much cleaner appearance.

    Quote Originally Posted by conman1395 View Post
    Is there ever an issue of the letters shapes being left behind on cars a few (+5 years old) years older from UV fading the surrounding paint?
    It's certainly possible, but it should polish right out.

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    Re: Quick & Easy Emblem Removal

    Looking good Nick!
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    Fishing line, Rapid Remover and polish or wax ......... golden.
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    Re: Quick & Easy Emblem Removal

    Thanks for sharing your de-badging tutorial, Nick.


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    Maybe it's the "old-school" that's embedded in me...

    (remembering how people once desired that the vehicles
    they wished to "collect" wear all that originally came with
    them from the factory)...

    but I like "badging".


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    Re: Quick & Easy Emblem Removal

    Quote Originally Posted by FUNX650 View Post
    Thanks for sharing your de-badging tutorial, Nick.


    Note:
    Maybe it's the "old-school" that's embedded in me...

    (remembering how people once desired that the vehicles
    they wished to "collect" wear all that originally came with
    them from the factory)...

    but I like "badging".


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    Bob,

    If I had a Corvette Z06 you can bet I would keep the badges on it.

    Bragging rights.


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    Re: Quick & Easy Emblem Removal

    If you don't have any fishing line, you can use dental floss also.

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