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Replacing bowtie on tailgate?

Replacing bowtie on tailgate?

Postby EJsZ71 [OP] » Jul 17 2011, 4:00pm

Dumb non-mechanically inclined guy question: Has anyone replaced the bow tie logo on the tailgate? I have a 2009 Silverado and the gold in the logo is deteriorating. I'd like to replace both the front and back with a black version. How difficult is this swap? I'm more concerned with replacing the back than the grill logo.

Thank you for your help.
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Re: Replacing bowtie on tailgate?

Postby silveradoblack » Jul 17 2011, 9:22pm

no the grill logo just snaps out of place from the back of the grill and the new one screws in the back logo however is just glued on so take like a hairdryer and heat up the glue and peel it off and replace with the new one its what i did on my 2010 model also and if you dont want to spend the money on new emblems you could paint the emblems your self and that would definitely be a cheaper option
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Re: Replacing bowtie on tailgate?

Postby zandron263 » Jul 17 2011, 10:59pm

If you are still under warranty the dealer will replace it with a new one. You could also cover it with Vinyl for a more custom look and if you don't like it later it can just be peeled off. Here is what I did with mine. I have had it on since March no issues with it coming off yet and it was only $20
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Re: Replacing bowtie on tailgate?

Postby EJsZ71 [OP] » Jul 18 2011, 1:10am

Thank you for your help. The more I think about it, I may remove the tailgate emblem entirely and replace the grill emblem with a black one.
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Re: Replacing bowtie on tailgate?

Postby OlSmokie » Jul 18 2011, 1:51am

Zandron, is that just a vinyl sticker? I really like the looks of that and I think it would look great on my black truck.
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Replacing bowtie on tailgate?

Postby fox4wd1981 » Jul 18 2011, 4:24am

EJ, just my 2cents, but, when removing the rear emblem from the tailgate use a flexible plastic scraper with the hair dryer or heat gun if you have one to avoid any paint damage. I learned that the hard way when doing some badge and emblem removal on an 01 Sierra a few years ago.
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Re: Replacing bowtie on tailgate?

Postby nitrox28 » Jul 18 2011, 1:27pm

I de-badged my Silverado last night! The tailgate bowtie came right off. I heated it with a hair dryer, soaked it in Goo Gone, reheated it, then used a plastic putty knife wrapped in a microfiber cloth to pry it off. It was easy.
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Re: Replacing bowtie on tailgate?

Postby zandron263 » Jul 18 2011, 7:22pm

OlSmokie wrote:Zandron, is that just a vinyl sticker? I really like the looks of that and I think it would look great on my black truck.


Yes you just spray the vinyl decal and the emblem surface with a little soapy water and position it smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles then heat and dry it with a hair dryer, It took about 15 min to do each one. I got them on line from big worm graphics they have several different styles
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Re: Replacing bowtie on tailgate?

Postby EJsZ71 [OP] » Jul 18 2011, 11:29pm

If I were to paint the emblems, is there a clear plastic cover type thing I need to remove before I would paint the thing?
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Re: Replacing bowtie tailgate?

Postby GearheadZ71 » Jul 21 2011, 10:27pm

Ej, nope no clear cover, you can pick up some platic prep paint which will remove anything that might stop the new paint from sticking, also make sure you clean it really good before you spray it. Or like i did, you can take it to a body shop and they will paint it for about 25$ but i know alot of people who simply just cleaned it and sprayed it and it comes out just as good as mine just use the right paint like krylon or anything just as good.
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