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Old 10-08-2011, 04:52 PM   #326
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There's mine on car..
What U guys think?
I like it on the PSM, Im thinking about doing it on my wifes car hers it trimmed in pink. So idk, will see. lol
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:00 PM   #327
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i used brake cleaner worked well
Usually the brake cleaner dulls and take the shine away......... Did it do that to you???
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Old 10-08-2011, 06:00 PM   #328
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Usually the brake cleaner dulls and take the shine away......... Did it do that to you???
It took the shine away from mine.
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:11 PM   #329
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That looks real good. How do you think it would look if you replaced the red with yellow?
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:37 PM   #330
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well i would like to take this time to say thanks for the awesome DIY haha looks good I'm doing black stars and satin white background for my 09 wrx ill post a pic up when its done if i don't butcher it haha
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:57 PM   #331
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legit! i wanna try this now
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:38 AM   #332
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Thought I'd also add what everything looks like when it's apart since there weren't pics to help me when I started:

The front badge is attached with 3m sticky tape. I wedged a flat head screw driver between the badge and the crome trim, heated everything with a hair drier, and pried it off. This is what it looks like underneath with crome trim and badge removed:

This is what the removed badge looks like, the only thing that held these peices together was a solid 3m tape backing:

I reapplied new tape and stuck my newly painted badge & trim back on.
After reading thread instructions, the sanding is the best way to go for anyone doing this--stay away from all of the solvents they do damage the badge.
I sanded with 320, then 600, then further restored with a paste-based polish.
Wet sand?
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:36 AM   #333
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Bleach is great for removing the chrome inside the badge, you have to be really careful with solvents, they like to eat up plastic real quick.
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:06 PM   #334
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Wet sand?
What polish did you use? I got the blue off with sandpaper, but now I need to polish the plastic. Thanks!
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:35 PM   #335
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Wet or dry it didn't matter for me, I did use wet sand paper and ran the badge under the faucet every now and then to keep it clean as I was sanding.

For Polish, don't worry about polish if the outside of the badge looks good. The paint will fill in all the scratches on the backside.

Since I made the mistake of using solvents I had some polishing to do on the outside of mine, so for that case I used a headlight restoration kit to do the outside of the badge.
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:10 AM   #336
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It took the shine away from mine.
Yea i figured that! I learn my lesson on my old honda! Brake kleen is only good for metal lol
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:12 PM   #337
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I used a heat gun a low setting and moved it back and forth over the badge for a few minutes. It heats up the adhesive on the back to stretch out a bit. Be careful with the heat gun and keep it a good distance from the badge as to not melt it. I used a thin putty knife and shimmied it behind the chrome ring and slowly added force to start separating the glue. The whole piece (chrome ring and front piece) will come off. Patience is the key as to not scratch the car.
I tried heating and fishing line on the front emblem of a 2011 WRX today but hit something hard behind and couldn't get it separated. Is there really no post or bolt or anything behind the badge?
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:36 PM   #338
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There was nothing behind the front emblem. I promise!! It was just the chrome oval and the inner stars plastic piece. The double sided stock tape is NO JOKE! It's freaking bonded pretty good to the grill. Keep working at it and heating a little bit at a time and it should come off with some elbow grease. Careful and let us know!
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:50 PM   #339
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Haha I just pulled mine off 1.2.3
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:05 PM   #340
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^^^ this works too!!
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:39 PM   #341
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That Looks Great! I am going to do mine in an orange/red on charcoal grey.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:42 AM   #342
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wow, just what i needed, my badge on the front and back for some reason is getting chipped chrome. Anyone else?
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:29 PM   #343
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wow, just what i needed, my badge on the front and back for some reason is getting chipped chrome. Anyone else?
Yea for some reason mine was chipped but on the inside I ripped it off and put a black "i" badge on looks better now
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:01 PM   #344
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wow awesome mod. This may be the first thing I do when my new WRX arrives!

Thanks for the write-up / pics
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:48 PM   #345
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Finally did mine -
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:56 PM   #346
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That's hot!
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:34 AM   #347
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So, going to tackle this tomorrow, and from what I'm reading the best thing to take the paint off is sanding, then to use bleach sparingly to get the chrome off?

For the rear on a '11 hatch, does it come off with just heat and elbow, or do i need to go from inside as well? I didn't find a clear answer on this and dont remember seeing access to it when i painted my taillights.

Thanks.

Thinking of the pink stars with black background, looked clean and match my RAmudflaps . Or everything flat black. *Flips a coin*
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:28 AM   #348
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Yes he is already
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Old 11-26-2011, 04:13 AM   #349
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so i took a stab at this today and i completely failed haha the goof off cracked the plastic after letting it sit for so long.. i didn't have a badge on my sports grille anyway i just wanted to try the mod and se how it came out.. going to order another badge and see if i can pull it off this time without ruining the plastic good write up though!!
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Old 11-26-2011, 04:16 AM   #350
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