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Old 06-12-2006, 09:20 PM   #1
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I am thinking of debadging the "SUBARU" emblems off my trunk but had some questions regarding if it were bad to do on an older car. My sti is almost 3 yrs old now, so i wonder if the paint under the subaru will be slightly darker then the paint around it, since it hasn't been exposed to the sun and nature's elements for quite some time now. I have my fishing wire and goo gone all ready, but don't know if it will looks like ass considering the paint might be off. Any input on this or has anyone debaged an older model wrx? Thanks!
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Old 06-12-2006, 09:23 PM   #2
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just take it off then wax the whole trunk.
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Old 06-12-2006, 09:23 PM   #3
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I did mine when it was 3-4 years old and I didn't notice anything with the silver paint. I don't know if the darker blue would be any different.
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Old 06-12-2006, 09:24 PM   #4
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shouldn't be a problem - worst case, you just put them back on, right?
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Old 06-12-2006, 09:29 PM   #5
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Thanks for the quick help guys, hope i don't have to try to align those damn letters again putting those things on
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Old 06-12-2006, 09:30 PM   #6
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just take one off, look, then stop or continue.
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Old 06-12-2006, 11:15 PM   #7
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what is the best technique for debadging?
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Old 06-12-2006, 11:41 PM   #8
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When i debaged my wrx (now have an sti) i made sure it was a nice hot sunny day and my trunk was facing in the sun all morning, then i just took some fisihing line, and got the letters as well as the big glue chunks off. Then for the remaining sticky backing and goo I just used some goo gone, then immediatly after I waxed as there will be some hazing in the area. If its not warm in your area just take a hair dryer to the back for a little. Hope this helps!
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Old 06-12-2006, 11:48 PM   #9
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You would be well advised to hit the spots where letters were with some polishing compound prior to waxing. There will be a little bit of adhesive left over from the letters that even the Goo Gone won't take off.
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Old 06-13-2006, 12:01 AM   #10
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Yep, paint cleaner, polish, and wax... it'll look better than new.
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When i debaged my wrx (now have an sti) i made sure it was a nice hot sunny day and my trunk was facing in the sun all morning, then i just took some fisihing line, and got the letters as well as the big glue chunks off. Then for the remaining sticky backing and goo I just used some goo gone, then immediatly after I waxed as there will be some hazing in the area. If its not warm in your area just take a hair dryer to the back for a little. Hope this helps!
Thanks, the previous owner debadged the"SUBARU" from the back, now I want to do the "WRX". I just took off the grill and so the only badge left is the WRX, so... it gotta go
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you can always use a claybar as well. it may be a little over the top, but it worked wonders for me. All of the above mentioned methods are fine as well. I went with goo-gone, then mothers claybar(i had a bar saved in a ziplock).
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Old 06-13-2006, 03:58 PM   #13
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I got the letters off just fine, and used a blow dryer some. The left over goo was giving me a lot of trouble. Eventually I just got the goo as hot as I could with the blow dryer and it came right off. Of course I polished it and all that jazz afterword. It looks great now.
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