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Old 08-11-2002, 10:54 PM   #1
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Post I debadged my trunk today...

My car is a WRB WRX that's about 16 months old. I've kept it outside the whole time and I live in Pennsylvania.

The debadging went well. There was almost no noticeable paint difference between where the letters were and the rest of the trunk.

I removed the letters with a blow dryer and dental floss. I used Goof Off to remove the adhesive left by the letters. I then washed and waxed the entire car. It definitely looks slicker.

I just wanted to post this in case someone else was unsure of whether or not 16 months was too long to wait before debadging a WRB WRX.
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Old 08-11-2002, 11:04 PM   #2
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good job...i was worry about mine even thought mine is only 1 month old...

i guess hair dryer and dental floss is good enough...

i am gonna do it first thing when i get back..(i'm on vacation)...
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Old 08-11-2002, 11:21 PM   #3
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I just want to do the WRX IMPREZA logo. I love the contrast of the SUBARU with the black car.
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Old 08-12-2002, 03:00 AM   #4
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You don't need goo gone do you? Can you just rub the excess glue off? I want to debadge my car in the next few days. Is it necessary to wax the car after you debadge it? And how long should you wait until you use the dental floss? (As in how long you should use the hair dryer for). Thanx.
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Old 08-12-2002, 04:41 AM   #5
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if your really good, you dont need goo gone or similar adhesive removers...

i was thinking of swapping the wrx logo for a 2.5rs logo after doing a black fmic and convert to a RS hood...
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Old 08-12-2002, 10:54 AM   #6
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this is one of the first things i will do when my car comes in. Do you have to wax the car once the badges come off?
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Old 08-12-2002, 12:13 PM   #7
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I like AJay got a black car and wanted to leave the subaru on. I think it makes the back look more symetrical. But i too used dental floss and a hair dryer but goo off didn't work. I ended up just heating the adhesive (after the badges were off) and kinda rolling it off with my fingers. Cept for the blisters on my fingers it looked great and as for waxing it u don't have to but atleast wash it...
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Old 08-12-2002, 12:13 PM   #8
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hey you took my idea for swaping out the wrx loggo for the rs one.
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Old 08-12-2002, 02:18 PM   #9
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-- this pic taken post 1 application of Zaino. (Z1/Z2). This stuff works.

I find that the trunk look less cluttered than this pic--
Just my opinion.
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Old 08-12-2002, 07:24 PM   #10
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Are those the STi wheels?
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Old 08-12-2002, 08:15 PM   #11
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I can still see little glue remnant or scratches or whatever that spells out 'subaru' after I debadged mine. I don't know how many times I've washed and waxed that. But under certain sunlight (at a low angle like sunrise or sunset) I can faintly make out the letters. People tell me they don't see it but that's because they don't know where to look. I know its there.
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Old 08-12-2002, 08:36 PM   #12
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Are those the STi wheels?
with high temp paint. I had it for over a month and no problems, no chipping.
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Old 08-12-2002, 11:04 PM   #13
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You don't need goo gone do you? Can you just rub the excess glue off? I want to debadge my car in the next few days. Is it necessary to wax the car after you debadge it? And how long should you wait until you use the dental floss? (As in how long you should use the hair dryer for). Thanx.
I used the hair dryer for about 20 seconds before flossing. The letters came off pretty easily. Be careful using your fingers if you remove the glue that way, make sure you don't accidently scratch the paint with your fingernails. I think Subaru has their cars painted by Macco or whatever that place is that advertises paint jobs for $99.
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Old 08-12-2002, 11:12 PM   #14
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make sure you don't heat the same place for too long either, you could ruin the paint that way too. the dental floss works like a charm. and the goo-gone takes a few minutes to settle in and start working. i think you should def. wax the whole trunk when you're done. i guess this depends on when you debadge. if get it home from the factory and debadge the same day, you can probably skip the wax. but if you have the car for any period of time, you should def. wax. it just looks a lot nicer.
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Old 08-13-2002, 12:27 AM   #15
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does anyone have an AWD badge that they removed just lying around? i just got a paintjob, and my trunk is "debadged" and my 'impreza' and 'awd' were stickers, not actual badges, so i would like to put some on. hell, a gold AWD badge from an outback would look great on my black impreza L w/ gold wheels

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Old 08-13-2002, 01:03 AM   #16
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Quote:
Originally posted by krzyxrevver12
if your really good, you dont need goo gone or similar adhesive removers...

i was thinking of swapping the wrx logo for a 2.5rs logo after doing a black fmic and convert to a RS hood...
I'll trade ya hoods.
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Old 03-21-2003, 05:30 PM   #17
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Haha....you thought 16months would be too long to wait before debaging. Yeah I waited 3 years to do mine....came out just fine
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Old 03-21-2003, 07:09 PM   #18
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1005 miles and my wrx is due for her first oil change. PermaPlate will be applied when I visit the dealership. I figured, I need to debadge before they treat my car with PermaPlate and I dont have to worry about seeing a mark of S.U.B.A.R.U.

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Old 03-21-2003, 09:36 PM   #19
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I debadged my trunk also. Well, the SUBARU part of it anyway! I left the 2.5 RS and small Impreza underneath it. For those who like the symmetry of the badging, but don't like the SUBARU, you could get this http://www.subydude.com/parts/details.php?10

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Old 03-22-2003, 01:58 AM   #20
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I don't think that it is necessary to use a hairdryer in most cases. I did mine over a year ago in Feb., and I didn't need to use a hairdryer (fairly cold climate).

I too, tried dental floss but it kept breaking. I used some braided Kevlar flyline backing (used for flyfishing). It may be worth it to ask a flyfisherman you know (or a fly tackle shop) for some of this stuff.

After rolling most of the backing off:

Instead of using Goo-Gone or anything "fancy", I used a car wax that was a Carnuba wax. It takes a little rubbing, but it almost lifts the residue off of the paint. It didn't scratch at all.

I hope these tips work as well for you as they did for me...
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Old 03-22-2003, 10:50 AM   #21
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Wow this thread was resurrected from the dead Turns out I am now rebadging my trunk I am demodding my car, donating blood plasma, and selling everything I own and don't need in the the hopes of being able to afford an STi

I am rebadging my trunk to prevent the dealer from lowballing the trade in value. If you think modding your car is tough, de-modding is ten times worse. I don't even want to think about changing my stainless steel brakelines back to the stock ones. Or removing the catless up-pipe and putting the stocker back on...
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Old 03-22-2003, 01:57 PM   #22
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I just used dental floss to debadge - no problems.
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Old 03-22-2003, 03:28 PM   #23
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Quote:
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I just used dental floss to debadge - no problems.
Dental floss to take out the lettering.
Credit card to take out the excess sticky crap.
Water to wash out everything and clear it up.

I highly recommend it for white cars. It gives a clean look.



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Old 03-22-2003, 05:14 PM   #24
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see now i love debaged cars, but IMHO, that looks bad leaving the keyhole there....looks out of place and stupid.

My maxima that I used to have:



has the keyhole removed....I had it done when I had the repair from getting rearended done. I think it looks MUCH more clean without the keyhole.... just my opinion though

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Old 03-22-2003, 05:19 PM   #25
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see now i love debaged cars, but IMHO, that looks bad leaving the keyhole there....looks out of place and stupid.

My maxima that I used to have:



has the keyhole removed....I had it done when I had the repair from getting rearended done. I think it looks MUCH more clean without the keyhole.... just my opinion though

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i actually agree, which is why i bought a sticker to "offset" the look.
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