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Old 07-29-2015, 12:25 AM   #1
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Default 2015 STI - Made custom badges

I wanted red badges on my DGM STI so I decided to make them myself. Used VHT Metalcast red, followed by rustoleum crystal clear... I think they look great, and I'll probably black out the STI portion with black lettering. Also working on a custom front and rear badge as well. They also match my shift knob. Let me know what you guys think! Cheers!


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I decided I wanted to black out the STI lettering on the badges and paint them a shade darker red. I also finished up my front badge, which was a total pain in the ass but turned out great in my opinion. The thing about the vinyl overlays that I just couldn't wrap my head around was that you loose the 3D look of the stars and the entire emblem looks 2d and flat. On some cars the vinyls looks great, but this wasn't the look that I was going for, so i decided to paint them myself. After many MANY attempts to get the emblems painted how I wanted (stripping the paint off and starting over), I finally succeeded.

BEHOLD, my red chrome background emblems with a slight texture that gives the background an almost ice or jewel-like look. I absolutely love them, and can't wait to put it on the car:



The texture is hard to photograph, lol.



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On to the version 2.0 of the fender badges:
For those who want to know what the stock badges would look like with black lettering:


My red tinted version, drying of course:


Stay tuned for a full write up on both badges, but the gist of it is I only removed black and blue portion of the badge, which gives me the chrome stars only, then painted the background using VHT metalcast, then overlayed the rear of the badge with thin chrome vinyl I had from my Kegerator project. It was a pain to get right, and I had to redo it a bunch of times to get the look I wanted.

For the fenders, I did a technique that I think is called color washing. I basically put the flat black paint over the red STI and filled it it. Let it dry slightly, then went back with a "Graffiti Safewipe" and very cautiously removed the top surface layer of the paint, thereby exposing the now black lettering.
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Old 07-29-2015, 12:29 AM   #2
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Looking good!
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Old 07-29-2015, 12:42 AM   #3
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great idea. looks good
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Old 07-29-2015, 08:45 PM   #4
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2nd UPDATE:

Got the badges installed on the car and love how they look! I still have to do the rear badge though:




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Old 07-30-2015, 05:23 PM   #5
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Turned out pretty damn nice, especially the front badge!

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Old 07-30-2015, 10:41 PM   #6
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Looks great, I like that the front badge looks stock and not like the cheesy vinyl overlays.
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Old 08-02-2015, 06:36 PM   #7
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that looks really good
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Old 08-02-2015, 09:32 PM   #8
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I approve of this modification.
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Old 08-03-2015, 01:24 PM   #9
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Actually very nice
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Old 08-03-2015, 10:11 PM   #10
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did you use a clear coat afterwards? I wonder if a pipette would work for the WRX/STI lettering...

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Old 08-04-2015, 11:57 PM   #11
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Actually, that is exactly what I did. Used a pipette, filled in the lettering, removed excess, painted red, cleared. Also finished the rear badge too. All done! Excuse the filthy car, lol.

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Old 08-05-2015, 12:44 AM   #12
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How did you get the rear emblem out ? Was considering to do this in a silver. ^_^
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Old 08-05-2015, 01:22 AM   #13
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If you remove the liner on the inside of the trunk, you will find two silver posts sticking out on the inside of the trunk. These are connected directly to the chrome ring, which is connected to the badge. With heat and pushing up on these posts from the inside of the truck, you can make a gap large enough to get some floss in between the paint and the chrome ring/badge. In a sawing motion try to cut the adhesive along the backside of the badge and eventually you should be able to push the ring and badge off the car from the inside of the trunk. Be careful, as one of the posts us skinnier than the other and can snap off. Once the badge is off, remove the adhesive, and continue with customizing the badge. Cheers!
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Old 08-05-2015, 01:58 AM   #14
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What did you use to take off the backing ? Like to remove the background? Goo gone ? Sorry for the questions would rather just do it once ya know and not mess up
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Old 08-05-2015, 10:22 AM   #15
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Looks good! 🏻
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Old 08-05-2015, 11:42 AM   #16
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I used these:

Amazon.com: Graffiti SafewipesAmazon.com: Graffiti Safewipes

The goo gone and everything else will eat the plastic and can cloud it as well. The Safewipes are citrus oil based, and will remove the paint, but in a less harsh manor. You can still eat the plastic or cloud the plastic if you leave it on for too long, but there is a larger margin for error with these and they are easier to handle, imo. Definitely recommend gloves though as you can actually get acid burns from the citrus oils. Cheers and good luck!
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Old 08-06-2015, 12:36 AM   #17
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Those look great. How did you do the front and rear badges? Is there a write up somewhere?
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Old 08-06-2015, 02:53 AM   #18
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Emblems look real nice.
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Old 08-31-2015, 03:34 PM   #19
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Subbed for write up
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Old 08-31-2015, 03:49 PM   #20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nudarkshadowl View Post
Let me know what you guys think!
I think you need to edit your original post and hit ENTER between the first 3 images so they don't all post side-by-side-by-side. As it is now, the extra wide post makes the whole thread too wide for normal viewing, even on a 24" monitor.

The Subaru badges came out fantastic!
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Old 09-27-2015, 04:09 PM   #21
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Absolutely love the front and rear badges! How difficult was it to remove them and do the paint? Would you be willing to sell them or make another set?
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Old 09-27-2015, 04:51 PM   #22
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Front pops right off after 15 minutes with a hair dryer. The rear is a little more involved I think. The sides, 15 minutes as well.

I ordered up a complete set of badging (front/back and sides) from Dynamic Custom Carbon and love em. I went traditional red stars on a DGM STi, but I think he'll do just about anything for you. They would pop on a lighter color car.
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