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    Badge Removal

    Hey all I’ve watched a number of videos on badge removal, but hoping some can chime in. I picked up the blacked out badges from R8stuff and planning an install this weekend. I’ve watched several videos, each a little different in technique to get best outcome. My car has a front bra PPF (hood, front bumper), should I just use the fishing line to avoid the heat to break the epoxy on the hood? Should I start with the back R8 logo and Audi rings then move to the front? Any specific rec’s for getting excess epoxy off paint (Goo be Gone?)

    I have the following:
    1. Painters tape to tape around old badges to ensure good placement of new badges
    2. Heat Blower
    3. Fishing line

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    Re: Badge Removal

    Bump. Watching this thread. I am interested in black badges as well. Just curious how easy it is to do the job right.

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    Re: Badge Removal

    I have successfully used dental floss quite a few times to remove badges with a slow 'sawing' action keeping the floss as parallel with the body panel as possible.

    I'm sure fine fishing line would work but there is that slight risk of scratching the paintwork very slightly. It will polish out so that's not a problem. I just find dental floss a little less of a worry.

    When the badges are off, to remove the remaining part of the 3M type adhesive stuck to the panel, I have used both 'bug and tar remover' and also a little bit of WD40.

    Once the old badge and glue are off then the main thing is to make sure that the panel is free of grease etc so that the new badge will adhere properly. I wipe the surface of the panel with a little methylated spirit (denatured alcohol) being careful not to put too much on as it will make the painters tape loosen. Then wipe with a clean microfibre cloth before applying the new badge.

    On the occasions I have changed badges the weather has been fairly warm and I didn't find the need to use a heat blower.
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    Re: Badge Removal

    If you have ppf under the badge then it was removed one already and the adhesive is probably not as good as the OEM adhesive. I have ppf and replaced my badges with gloss black shortly after I did the ppf. Just use a low setting and move it around quickly the ppf will be fine. You definitely want to give it a good clean and a polish if you have a the outline of the badges. I would hit it with some isopropyl alcohol and wipe it down right before you place the new badges. Alternative method to taping which I would use if the area around the badge is dirty would be to use some Saran Wrap and mark a few edges along with where the badge is on it. That way you can use that as a template to get better placement on the new badges. I find that works better then tape especially on curved surfaces.

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    Thanks all. Good info regarding the PPF too. Was worried about the heat, but will surely put on low setting and keep line parallel to car. How long would you say the heat takes to break the epoxy bond holding the original badges? 2-3 minutes then start working the floss/fishing line?

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    Re: Badge Removal

    I would suggest you try removing them after about 15-20 seconds with the heat. I've never needed to apply it for any longer.
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    Re: Badge Removal

    My main concern is getting the new badges in the exact correct place. I'm thinking of using a marker with removeable ink to trace around the rings. Sound like a good idea ?

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    Re: Badge Removal

    Quote Originally Posted by Mountainwolf View Post
    My main concern is getting the new badges in the exact correct place. I'm thinking of using a marker with removeable ink to trace around the rings. Sound like a good idea ?
    I used masking tape, one line for the left of the badge and one line underneath.
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    Thanks Dave. I am planning to use that blue painters tape just around the edges. Seems fairly easy for positioning new badges, just mainly was worried about applying any heat around the PPF areas on the hood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountainwolf View Post
    My main concern is getting the new badges in the exact correct place. I'm thinking of using a marker with removeable ink to trace around the rings. Sound like a good idea ?
    I used masking tape, one line for the left of the badge and one line underneath.

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    Re: Badge Removal

    You don't need much heat just a little to soften the adhesive, probably less heat than the ppf would get if parked in the sun for a few hours.
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