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984wdram 07-17-2010 04:25 AM

removing badges and tail gate plastic
what would be the easiest way to remove the badges on a 98 ram? also, is it possible to take off the plastic piece on the bottom of the tailgate?

CajunDodge 07-17-2010 04:34 AM

Lots of folks on here who have debadged their trucks, too many posts to quote here, but if you do a quick search for debadge, plenty of tips and tricks for that. Not too sure about the plastic on the tailgate, but someone here should have an idea about that. :smileup:

- Cajun

tinniste 079 07-17-2010 04:42 AM

i used fishing line and wd40 and my thumb nail lol i felt like it was going to fall off after then i just washed the hell out of where the badges were didnt want to take a chance an find out wd40 eats paint then just waxed the hell out of those spots came out great!

erm 07-17-2010 12:02 PM

Get some rags, some 3M adhesive remover, a hair dryer or a heat gun and some plastic spackling spatulas.

Take a rag, put it against the body and then use the spackling tool to gently separate the top portion of the trim piece away from the body. Just a little bit. Then spray the adhesive remover into the gap between the trim and the body. Let set for 5 - 10 minutes.

Then slip the spackling tool in between the body and trim, gently pushing down at an angle and down the length of the trim piece. working your way from front to back.

Here's some pics and a How To. This process will work for trim and badging attached to the body with double sided sticky tape:

It was all moldy so what was I to do? Well, I had to fix the problem!!!

Door Molding Removal

Here’s a couple of before pics:

Here are the tools: A can of 3M Adhesive Remover #08987, a couple of plastic squeegee or spackle blades and a couple of towels.

Gently separate the top of the trim piece from the body with the spackling tool. Just open a small gap at the top.

Spray the remover at the top of the molding. Let it set 5 – 10 minutes so it breaks down the double sided tape adhesive. Don’t get impatient and let the stuff work. It will save you a bit of work at the backend. This material will not harm your paint. And if you ever get any tar on your vehicle, this stuff will remove it quick!

Take one of your spackle blades (I prefer one with a handle for a bit of leverage) and work it down in between the body panel and the molding at an angle. All you want to do is break the seal between the two parts. Go easy – Don’t pry on the tool, just work it back and forth as you apply gentle pressure.

Now, work the tool at a slight angle and run it down the body line. Again, don’t rush or pry or pull too hard. Dimples in your body panels suck!!! Continue down the body, alternately moving from the top and the bottom.

If you go too fast or don’t wait for the adhesive remover to do its magic, like I did with the first panel, you’ll end up with a lot of leftover sticky tape you’ll have to remove. The adhesive remover will take this off. You can roll it off with your finger or thumb or use your spackle tool to gently remove it.

The finished product!

Some of you may experience some left over dirty lines that you can’t get off with just washing or with detail spray. Here’s how I remove them:

I take some regular paste wax, warm it up in the microwave and add a little baking soda to it. I call this “Miracle Wax”. The baking soda/wax mix is a very light rubbing compound. Work it into the areas that have lines and then buff off. Now, the lines are gone.

This is an easy mod to do. Just take your time!

City Slicker 07-17-2010 12:19 PM

Awesome post MADDOG :smileup:

erm 07-17-2010 12:21 PM

Thanx man. I decided to tackle this when I first got the car and not pay a body shop to do it. After I figured out how easy it was, I kicked myself for paying them for 5 other vehicles in the past...LOL

CajunDodge 07-17-2010 01:28 PM

That is a good post Michael, never would have thought about the "Miracle Wax" trick, very cool idea, thanks for the info! :smileup:

- Cajun

erm 07-17-2010 01:51 PM

Thanx, Dana. That's just a poor man's rubbing compound. :D

chithead 07-17-2010 01:58 PM

That is awesome! I will definitely be applying this technique in the near future.

erm 07-17-2010 02:24 PM

Thanx, Daniel. It's not a hard job but it does take some time.

The older the vehicle is, folks will find more tape will stick to the body and it takes a bit more work to clean it up. When I did my '99, getting the stock molding off wasn't hard, but a lot of residue was left over and that took some time. It's just the nature of the beast.

I found a cool eraser wheel that goes on a drill or other power tool that really can make short work of that chore. Wish I had found it earlier!!!

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