Heatgun or blow dryer
rough and smooth sided sponges
Soap and water
Items NOT suggested:
Step 1: Clean the area of the badges with soap and water, then dry it off. Make sure you park near a plug outlet so you can use your heat gun or hair dryer for step 2.
Step 2: Be extremely careful with the heat gun, if you have it to close to the truck it can burn your paint. I find it easier to stay back about a foot, and pull the drigger in 10 second increments. For beginners, I would suggest a blow dryer. Stay back 6-12 inches, and heat up the emblems. This will soften the adhesive, so it not only makes it easier to get the letter off, but will help you get the left over adhesive to come off aswell.
Step 3: Cut off a good amount of fishing line, and run it behind each letter/badge. Do a 'side-to'side' method like you are sawing wood, until every letter and or badge is off.
Step 4: This will vary for each person. You may be able to rub off the left over adhesive with your fingers. If so, rub the adhesive upwards until all of it is off. You may want to use dish washing gloves if you get blisters easily. If you can't rub the adhesive off, spray Goo-Gone on the adhesive, and let it sit for 3-5 minutes, then try toremove with a rough side sponge. DO NOT USE MUCH PRESSURE. You can fade your paint and mess up your clear coat.
Plasti Dip or Spray paint color of choice
*Paint I suggest: Painter Touch
**Clear coat will help add more shine to the finished product
TONS of newspaper/painting paper
3M double sided tape
Tools NOT suggested:
Nail polish or Crayola markers
Glue sticks or chewed gum
Scissors or rusted butter knife
Step 1: Make sure you have all your supplies needed, and the spray paint/Plasti Dip is shaken upp good and ready for use. Use in a well ventilated, closed environment. I.E - Garage on a work bench/table.
Step 2: Get the emblems ready for painting, place them on the newspaper and tape the newspaper corners down so that if any wind manages to blow into the garage, the newspaper corners will not fly up, and into the freshly painted emblems. Also, I do not suggest doing it on the garage floor. It is 99% possible that wind will bloe dirt, grass, bugs, dead bodies, etc. into the wet paint and you will have to start over.
Step 3: Start applying the paint, do not drown the emblems in paint, they will bubble and look sloppy. Spray a line at a time over each letter until they are all coated evenly. Give them 40 minutes to an hour to dry, then add clearcoat if desired. If you do add clearcoat, simply repeat Step 3 if desired to do so. *Using a blow dryer will speed up the drying process, use on the lowest setting to prevent streaking. **A heatgun will work even better, and can increase the durability of the finished paint.
Step 5: Time to Rebadge; Use the 3M tape and apply it to the badges. There are multiple ways to approach this.
Method 1:: Line the letters up straight and apply 2 strips of 3M paint, one covering up half of them, and the other to cover the last half. Use the razor blade to cut off the tape not covered by the letters, remove the adhesive cover and apply the badges back on to the truck. Let it sit for 1 hour for the tape to cure.
Method 2:: cut out small strips 1 at a time to put on the back of the letters so there will be no excess to cut off. The only tricky part to this step is you have to put the letter on 1 at a time. I recommend using a ruler or lazer to get a perfectly straight line.
That concludes my How-To, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to share. Also, feel more than free to post pictures of your debadged, or repainted emblems.