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      08-30-2017, 11:40 PM   #1
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Black Debadge Success

I decided to finally debadge the car today. I was a little intimidated with everyone always messing it up and having bad experiences. I do have to say that it was extremely easy to do the actual debadge; the only hard part was getting the excess adhesive off and the shadow that was left because the car is nearly 4 years old now. I just bought the car a couple months ago and the badges were just not pleasing and made the rear look to cluttered.

Took me about 3-5 minutes to get the left and right side badges off. Took about 5 minutes to get most of the thick adhesive off. Then I spent about 10-15 minutes scrubbing the last bits of adhesive with Goo Gone Automotive and a microfiber towel, which was a pain. It did get most off, but it took a lot of work into scrubbing it off. I finally switched to a magic eraser with just water and it works so much nicer and got all the remaining adhesive off.

Now there was a still a shadow and heres how I completely removed it. First I did a good thorough wash to make sure everything was clean and to remove all of the chemicals from removing the adhesive. I then did 3 rounds of Polishing Compound and that removed the shadow and outline completely. To finish it off I used a paste wax and while I was at it, I did the whole trunk and rear bumper but that part isn't essential, I just did everything while I had the wax out. The polish and wax did a good job and removed any little scratches that were made while removing the adhesive. If you accidentally make any bigger scratches, I would recommend using a more abrasive compound before using the polishing compound and wax.

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I'm so much happier without the badges. It looks way cleaner now. If you are going to be a troll or bash debadging because, it was a 3 Series, don't waste your time because I don't care what you think. Im very proud of my car and love it.
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Photos would of been nice =)
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The resolution was to large, so I had to reduce the resolution. They are now displaying properly.
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Looks clean, great job!
Thanks! I'll take some close ups to ltoday if I can!
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Yep, debadged mine a few months back when I purchased it on a lease return, so my deck lid is just over 5 years old, but surprisingly no paint fade. I'm guessing the car was primarily garage kept from the sun.
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Here's a close up showing that there is no remaining residue or shadows
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Here's a close up showing that there is no remaining residue or shadows
Is that bad camera or bad orange peel?!
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Here's a close up showing that there is no remaining residue or shadows
Is that bad camera or bad orange peel?!
Bad orange peel
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Wow I'd never take a magic eraser to my car but glad it worked out. For others doing a similar project less work and more time just letting the goo gone soak is the way to go.
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Wow I'd never take a magic eraser to my car but glad it worked out. For others doing a similar project less work and more time just letting the goo gone soak is the way to go.
I tried letting it sit and I didn't help. The magic eraser didn't do any damage to the car except for maybe some very light scratches, but they were easil buffed out by hand with the polish. Just keep the eraser very well lubricated
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The heat gun is your friend. Heat and goo gone + microfiber towel
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