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Old 06-24-2011, 02:04 AM   #1
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Hey guys!!

I did a search around and couldn't really find an answer.

Heres a bit of background. I decided to finally debadge my car today while giving it a wash.

Things were going well, just prying it off and rolling off the glue, but the problem is, I wasn't paying attention to the direction that I was prying off the letters. What happened was, with some of the letters, the corners dug into the trunk and caused some scratches. I think they broke the clearcoat layer because the scratches catch my fingernail as I ran them over it, but I'm sure it didn't breach the paint layer.

I wasn't sure if the scratches were bad enough to get the trunk repainted (which I want to avoid). So for now, I put a couple layers of wax over the scratches and am hoping that'll hold for now.

What do you guys think? Is there a way to fix this?
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Old 06-24-2011, 02:12 AM   #2
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pics? if you're lucky you can take it out with a polish, or if that doesnt work then maybe wet sand and then polish... but it really depends on how bad it is. worse case scenario you can probably still make it not so noticeable.
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Old 06-24-2011, 02:32 AM   #3
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I'll try and post up pics tomorrow.. but to be honest, I would say its me freaking about something small, since its something that only I will find.. haha

But the main thing I'm worried about are stuff that happen if the scratch is left alone. Perhaps not taking care of the scratch would lead to rust? or clearcoat degradation?
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Old 06-24-2011, 03:18 AM   #4
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Wtf were you using to "pry" the letters off??????

A crowbar?!
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:19 AM   #5
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Next time, use heat and fishing line to avoid this issue...
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Old 06-25-2011, 01:30 PM   #6
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If you were debadgeing your WRX badges on a '11 I feel no sympathy for you. Other wise wet sandpaper and some wax and polish.
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Old 06-25-2011, 02:24 PM   #7
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I would try a buffer with a good wax with good abrasive compound...if no go...then ^this...wet sand usually helps if you haven't breached the paint
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:50 PM   #8
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My question is how come you couldnt find an answer on here? There are over a million threads asking this exact same question. In fact there was one last week in the Newbies section asking this... sorry about the scratches but you should know better?
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Old 06-25-2011, 06:05 PM   #9
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I also don't understand why you didn't look up how to do it properly.
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:21 PM   #10
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if you hit the paint put the letters back on
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:26 PM   #11
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Hey guys!!

I did a search around and couldn't really find an answer.

Heres a bit of background. I decided to finally debadge my car today while giving it a wash.

Things were going well, just prying it off and rolling off the glue, but the problem is, I wasn't paying attention to the direction that I was prying off the letters. What happened was, with some of the letters, the corners dug into the trunk and caused some scratches. I think they broke the clearcoat layer because the scratches catch my fingernail as I ran them over it, but I'm sure it didn't breach the paint layer.

I wasn't sure if the scratches were bad enough to get the trunk repainted (which I want to avoid). So for now, I put a couple layers of wax over the scratches and am hoping that'll hold for now.

What do you guys think? Is there a way to fix this?
Did the same thing on my bug eye and had my friend at a body shop buff and water sand the scratches out.. Hope its not to deep or other measures might have to be taken... Good luck
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:21 PM   #12
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put the badges back on?
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:23 PM   #13
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That's why I havnt done this on my 2011
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:03 AM   #14
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That's why I havnt done this on my 2011
....well, if you do it the right way, there is nothing to worry about.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:22 AM   #15
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yeah I feel incredibly stupid about what happened

The reason why I couldn't quite find an answer is because everyone else's problems pertained to clearcoat scratches, which could be taken out with a good wax.

I wanted to avoid trying the wet sanding cause that seems a bit of an extreme method to use.

Anyways, I'm not sure how much it actually breached. All i know is the scratches are miniscule and can hardly be seen. But I would still want to do something about it. Would an abrasive polish do the trick? or should I find a buddy who knows about wetsanding?
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Old 06-27-2011, 02:19 AM   #16
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I also don't understand why you didn't look up how to do it properly.
So to answer your question.. I did kinda read up on how to debadge. most posts said that with newer cars all you had to do was pull off the enblems one by one.. but I didn't take into account the sharp edges..
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:12 AM   #17
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Would an abrasive polish do the trick? or should I find a buddy who knows about wetsanding?
Don't jump straight into wet sanding!

Start off with a mild abrasive and progress from there. Find a buddy with a DA polisher and some cutting compound, such as meguiars M105 and a light cutting or polishing pad. If you don't know where to find a DA polisher and pads, look for pads you can use by hand.

There are other abrasive compounds available which range from removing light swirls to scratches, M105 would be considered a strong start in my opinion, and I’d start with something with less cutting power.

Something similar to this, then move to pads with more cutting power or a compound with more abrasives.
http://www.wolfgangcarcare.com/wolfg...mover-3-0.html

You want to level out the scratch to make it less visible depending on it's depth. Do this by slowing moving up to the amount of abrasion you need by matching a compound and pad.

Just my thoughts Hope this helps.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:47 AM   #18
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Anyways, I'm not sure how much it actually breached. All i know is the scratches are miniscule and can hardly be seen. But I would still want to do something about it. Would an abrasive polish do the trick? or should I find a buddy who knows about wetsanding?
....start mild and then move up from there as hkp mentioned. Meguiars Swirl-X and Meguiars Ultimate Compound are readily available OTC (the latter being the more aggressive of the two and likely requiring follow-up with the Swirl-X if used). These can be used by hand or DA, are easily/quickly acquired and are decent polishes.
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