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Old 02-26-2007, 06:49 AM   #1
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Talking painting subaru star badge & the impreza text on an '07

so i didn't really like the blue star badge or the blue impreza on the back... especially since my calipers are red, and so is my license plate (not in pics, but is a colorado firefighter plate (white/red/black))

note: i left the chrome & only repainted the background. you can also repaint the chrome stars using the same method below, BUT the chrome oval is a separate piece & is not repaintable from the back like the stars/background. therefore you would have to paint the exterior of the chrome, which i would recommend against.

basic how-to:

1. remove front & rear badge w/ heat gun. (be really gentle with back as it is obviously on the actual paint. (both badges are 2 parts: chrome oval, & the whole center). the front pieces are not glued to each other (sorry, forgot to take a pic of it), but the back, the center is stuck to the chrome back, so after taking the chrome off, then remove the center. (alternatively, you can just remove the center from the back & leave the chrome outline, but i had to use tiny screwdrivers & knives to separate the 2 parts & didn't feel comfortable with those tools sliding around so close to the paint.

don't worry about the 2 holes in the trunk, when you put the badge back on, it will fill them again.



2. when you turn them over, you will see that it's basically chrome in indentations the shape of the stars w/ a coat of blue paint over the whole back. i couldn't get any of the cleaners that we had in the fire station to take off the blue paint, & the only thing i could find that would work was brake cleaner (& it didn't damage the plastic, don't worry). anyway, basically just scrub the back w/ brake cleaner to rub off the blue from the flat area, leaving the indented stars. it will look like this from the front after that.



3. then repaint the back part you cleaned off with your choice color. i used enamel model paint for this. do multiple coats until you can't see any light through. i'm sure spray paint would work too, but i had the enamel lying around. then i coated it w/ a clear coat as well.




4. since i was painting the blue badges, the blue impreza looked out of place, so i painted it as well. just used a toothpick to paint 3-4 coats w/ model enamel, & touching up mistakes as i went. then i also did a few coats of clear coat over this part since it will actually be exposed.





5. re stick them on. i was able to save & re-use the sticky from the front badge fine, just reheated it really hot & applied pressure while it dried. for the back, i just used 3m automotive double sided tape.





& voila. total time, around 6 hours or so, but that included sitting around detailing other things while i waited for all the paint coats to dry.
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Old 02-26-2007, 07:24 AM   #2
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nice job looks sweet
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Old 02-26-2007, 11:08 AM   #3
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came out nice. wish i had the patience for that type of project ! haha.
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Old 03-04-2007, 04:03 AM   #4
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decided to do the outline of the wrx as well.

used a heat gun to take the letters off to avoid mispainting (& left the sticky on the car still to reuse).

painted a few coats w/ red enamel model paint using a small brush & toothpick for detail.

sprayed whole thing w/ a gloss clear coat, & the chrome still looks the same as it did before.

re-heated & attached.

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Old 03-04-2007, 09:23 AM   #5
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that looks amazing and is a must have on all black rex's. i wonder what would look good on my 07 wrb one though?
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:36 AM   #6
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Looks good, especially after you outlined the wrx on the back...that looks awesome
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Old 03-05-2007, 02:41 AM   #7
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you guys have polaris ranger 6x6s for fire & rescue.....nice

i am a polaris dealer, we set up quite a few F&R crews around here with them as well...we actually just did a 4x4 ranger with Mattracks on it for one crew....

to be on topic....the badges came out great....my badges are discoloring so i think im gonna repaint mine as well...good job!
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Old 03-05-2007, 02:48 AM   #8
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great job! i actually did that same thing years ago when i owned a 1991 ford escort. i painted the backdrops on the ford badges red. i got so many people hitting me up about it. i'm sure other subaru owners will see your badgework and ask where you got it thinking it's an aftermarket part you bought. it's a good feeling!
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Old 03-05-2007, 03:07 AM   #9
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you guys have polaris ranger 6x6s for fire & rescue.....nice

i am a polaris dealer, we set up quite a few F&R crews around here with them as well...we actually just did a 4x4 ranger with Mattracks on it for one crew....
we actually got the ranger from u.s. smokeless tobacco from their donation program.

mounted a compressed air foam system in the back, & it is removable to be replaced by a litter mount for off road hauling of a patient, or mounting brackets to carry scuba setups & extra tanks. (we do dive rescue for the whole county [from flatlands up to the continental divide] so there's some nasty places to get to that we have to dive, & it's pretty impractical to have somebody suited in a full drysuit hiking with all their gear on)
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Old 03-05-2007, 03:28 AM   #10
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awesome DIY man, love the look. when you used brake cleaner till paint is gone, it didnt melt or damaged plastic? because i remember when i was cleaning my screw driver with brake cleaner, the handle part kinda melted.
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Old 03-05-2007, 03:44 AM   #11
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it didn't affect the plastic at all, but i didn't pour it on. i sprayed it into a cup, & then used a small piece of paper towel, dipped it in, & rubbed the paint off.
also, i used crc brakleen fwiw.

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Old 03-05-2007, 11:20 AM   #12
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yup the brake cleaner works. Powerfull stuff
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:27 PM   #13
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reading through this thread,when you took the two parts of the badge apart would you say that the center part(with the stars on) is the same size as the 01-05 stars badge mate ???

i am after a pink stars badge,but i aint a great painter so would prefer to seperate the badge,and fit a resin pink 01-05 badge instead

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Old 06-24-2007, 02:20 AM   #14
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i am after a pink stars badge,but i aint a great painter so would prefer to seperate the badge,and fit a resin pink 01-05 badge instead

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The painting is actually the easiest part from what I found out doing my front badge today. The chrome stars are actually indented into the the badge, so cleaning off the background color is quite simple as long as you don't puddle the brake cleaner. I used Krylon Semi-Gloss Black spray paint for mine, only needing about 3 decent coats I think it turned out quite nice.

And to the OP: First off, thank you for the write-up it looks really great on your car! As mentioned above, I completed my front badge tonight after installing my grillcraft and am really wanting to do my rear badge but am scared of messing it up somehow taking it off. Does it come off fairly easy with the right amount of heat? Are the holes merely guides, or actually bolts? If you could supply a little more detail with what you did with the rear, I would really appreciate it! Thanks again!
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Old 06-24-2007, 03:46 AM   #15
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nice project..
i'll take pics of mine..
although, i did mine the other way..

I took out the chrome on the whole badge, painted the background with a touchup paint to match my car, then the stars and borders with gold.
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Old 06-24-2007, 03:57 AM   #16
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looks amazing...better if you put that red lip thing on the grill
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Old 06-24-2007, 02:56 PM   #17
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looks great
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Old 06-24-2007, 08:40 PM   #18
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nice project..
i'll take pics of mine..
although, i did mine the other way..

I took out the chrome on the whole badge, painted the background with a touchup paint to match my car, then the stars and borders with gold.

got pics?!?!
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Old 06-24-2007, 09:14 PM   #19
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Well I managed to get the rear badge off with no problems, but I can't seem to get the actual badge out of the chrome housing. Any tips from anyone? It's driving me crazy...

Update: I knew it would happen, I screwed it up... I guess I got it too hot and tried to flex the badge a bit to get something under it and it dented the chrome ring, looks bad. Any tips on how to get the next one off my replacement badge? lol

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Old 06-24-2007, 10:29 PM   #20
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that looks awesome... especially the painting around the WRX badge. Really good job.
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Old 07-03-2007, 04:09 PM   #21
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I just painted my headlight housings and my front badge. Can someone write out 'exactly' how to remove the rear badge? Do the brass fittings on the inside of the trunk come out? Do you put the heat gun directly over the badge? I would love to do this but I am very concerned that I might ruin my trunk lid by melting the paint
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Old 07-03-2007, 04:31 PM   #22
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Old 07-05-2007, 10:15 PM   #23
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BUMP for more info on how to remove the rear badge.
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Old 07-05-2007, 10:37 PM   #24
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Go to the local CVS or Walgreens, and buy one of those glasses repair kits

take the small screwdriver that comes with it and tuck it under one of the corners of the blue part of the badge and pull up just enough to get another screwdriver under there....

note: the small screwdriver is very weak and will bend if you try to use that one to rip out the badge...

also note: the chrome surround DOES NOT, come off just the plastic badge itself
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Old 07-05-2007, 10:42 PM   #25
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Is it possible to heat it up and use some kind of strong string, like debadging the rear, to get it off?
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