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#1 (permalink) Old 05-17-2005, 02:43 AM
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Hi all,
About to do my first mod's.......original boot spoiler....rear diffuser........ front/corner splitters.Once i've done them i want to de badge the 318i.What i wanted to know is,are they just stuck on,and will this leave any residue on the bodywork.If so whats the best stuff to get any residue off.




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the best way i have found to remove the badges is with either fishing line or sewing thread. use tither of them and pull it through the glue that holds the badges on. you may have to use a sawing motion to get all the way through. this is the best method in my opinion becasue it doesn't damage either the badges or the car. however it usually leaves a little residue on the trunk. but adhesive remover or even gasoline on a arag can clean that up.
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Use a low heat gun. Not a torch, but something similar to a hair dryer to heat it up and then they should be able to be pryed off with your hands. Once they are off, use 3M Adhesive Remover to remove the residue. If there are still traces of badging, use a light rubbing compound followed by a hand glaze and it should look like this. Hope this helps.
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I don't have anything to add to the process, but always test whatever extra chemical you are using in a non-obvious place first and see if it will damage the paint job.
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Thanks for the help lads ....i'll let you know how i get on.
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i used the wifes hairdryer to slowly heat the area
then i slowly pulled off the badges
the whole process took about 20 minutes because i was extra careful

when there was just glue residue left,,i used normal car wax to rub over and remove the residue

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Can somebody please explain to me why would we want to de-badge your car?

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i think that by taking the badges off the trunk it really cleans up the back of the car it just looks better in my opinion. it just makes the rear look more symetrical i guess. not neceserily to hide that you may have a 318 instead of an M3 if someone were to make thier car look like an M3. becasue if someone really knows what they are looking at they will be able to tell what kind of car it is anyway, or atleast weather or not it is a true M car. i guess it is more of a personal preference kinda thing.
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Can somebody please explain to me why would we want to de-badge your car?
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I'm sure there are people out there who think the badges don't look good on thier car... As far as I've observed, it's people who want to suggest that there car's faster/more expensive than it really is.... but I didn't really need to answer that question, did I?
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Now now beachbunny.....i don't think there was any real need for the flippant reply now was there.....after all we are all brother beema drivers now arn't we!

And as far as the original point,well i don't see any harm in it.

OH.....and bunny i notice you wheels are from those good old days.....way back when
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Now now beachbunny.....i don't think there was any real need for the flippant reply now was there.....after all we are all brother beema drivers now arn't we!

And as far as the original point,well i don't see any harm in it.

OH.....and bunny i notice you wheels are from those good old days.....way back when
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I got my car back in the good ol' days... thought about getting some new ones, but I'm too cheap. I decided they looked fine.
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