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Old 06-05-2002, 09:16 AM   #1
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Unhappy Debadged and...dented?

I recently debadged the rear decklid of my WRX wagon - silver. I used a hairdryer and dental floss to remove all the lettering and badges, then used goo-gone and WD-40 to remove the adhesive. The decklid looks much cleaner/better now, but in reflective light conditions, I notice a wavering of the reflections in certain spots about where the letters/badges were. Running my hands over it, I can detect no specific dimples or depressions, but there is a slight imperfection.

Question - has anyone else noticed this? I don't know why it makes a difference, but I'm trying to figure out if I somehow caused this, or if this is why SUBARU put lettering where they did - because these are difficult curves to manufacture?

Anyone else notice this? It seems so slight that when I try and see anything from other angles, I can't find it at all.
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Old 06-05-2002, 11:16 AM   #2
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WHEN I took the letters off my trunk the paint underneath was a little more dull than the rest of the car. Almost as dull to where you could still read subaru. A couple coats of wax took care of that. Did you wax it yet/???

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Old 06-05-2002, 01:24 PM   #3
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I'm going to do mine today. I'll let you know how it turns out and if I see anything like that.
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Old 06-05-2002, 01:49 PM   #4
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I haven't had time to detail it with wax yet, but I did clean it pretty well. I did wonder if different reflective areas would cause this - I'll clean it up really good when I can.
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Old 06-05-2002, 03:42 PM   #5
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same thing happened to me....
i haven't waxed it yet, but 5 car washes later, its gone.

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Old 06-05-2002, 09:56 PM   #6
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1) you need to wax it, that should help
2) also how old is the car ....and i dont mean how old have you had it ....how old total other wise how long was it out in the sun ....

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Old 06-06-2002, 10:11 AM   #7
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do the clay bar in that area.
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Old 06-06-2002, 12:20 PM   #8
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Bah claybar. You don't need to do that to the debaged area. its been unexposed since birth.

You are seeing this weird effect because the car had its original waxing AFTER it was badged. (If you ever replace your badges you want to strip the area of wax). So, you are seeing a matte-ish area within a waxed area. Also, when you used Goo Gone, 3M Tar and Wax Remover, etc, you stripped the wax from the whole surrounding area.


Wash the area lightly and then wax it well. But wax it soon before contaminants get right to the clear coat and then the paint... if that happens you will need to buy the ~$15 clay bar. I re-wax as soon as I was finished taking off the badges and it looks great.

So get crackin'!

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Old 06-09-2002, 12:36 AM   #9
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Just a little follow up...

I de-badged my WRX last Thursday. Letters came right off no prob, used a little bug / tar remover and WD-40 for the glue, and waxed the PISS out of it. Looks great! When I get my next mods done I'll post some pics.

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Old 06-09-2002, 01:00 AM   #10
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just wax and it is perfect
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Old 06-10-2002, 12:48 AM   #11
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To get rid of the "clean" area:

1. lightly sand the area on the rear deck where the badges were.

2. Now take MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone) and rub the entire rear portion - you might also like to do the rims and tires at this time.

3. Now take your car to be repainted and if you didn't get all the MEK off the tires, it would be a good time to replace them too. If it stained the wheels (ie it was powder coat) it would also be a good time to re powder them.

good luck.
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Old 06-10-2002, 10:23 AM   #12
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Default Yes i have them too. i thought i was the only one...

i have the dimples too. i have waxed the car twice since debadging and the dimples are still there. NO, it's not a "finish" or waxing issue, there are genuine indentations on my lid. i thought maybe i rubbed too hard getting the badging-goo off, or maybe the heat from the rubbing had softened the metal enough to allow it to be dented in slightly. i can't imagine any other possibilities, except for maybe it happened during manufacturing. maybe they use some really strong machines to press those letters on!

any other thoughts, anyone?
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