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I have a heat gun. And after the badge is removed the adhesive underneath is a very hard glue. Would an eraser wheel be able to get it off without damaging the paint?
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My experience was different- I went the typical fishing line method to remove the badge and then fingers to painstakingly remove all of the foam and glue. pita for sure!
But I saved 1/2 the job for the next day. I got up early - it was cold in the morning and I went to work. to my surprise the line got between the badge and tape a little easier than when it was warm. Then I was left with the black letter shaped residue in almost perfect shape- I grabbed an edge and the entire letters peeled right off. I was stunned! What took an hour the day before took less than ten minutes the next day. You still need to finish it up with Goo Gone and a light wax coat.
My results not guaranteed but you all might want to try the cold day method- you can always heat it up with a hair dryer if it does not work. BTW- a cold day in California is a bone chilling 48º HA!
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Just for the record I didn’t invent this but read it from others posting how they did it in different threads. Now I wanted to pass on this easy and simple way to debadge without blisters on the fingers.

Step 1 is removing the badge. Most will say use fishing line and that did work for the first door. However I found it easy to use a paint stick to remove the badge. Disclaimer I did this late in the afternoon when the badges were nice and hot. Take the paint stick and grind it on the driveway making the end sharp like a putty knife. It doesn’t take long at all to get a nice edge on the paint stick. Work the paint stick between the badge to be removed. Sometimes I had to hit it from both sides.
Using either fishing line or the paint stick resulted in sticky foam being left behind on the truck so use whatever option makes you happy.

Step 2 is removing the foam and sticky glue. This is probably the part most hate. This is where the paint stick comes in to save time and sore fingers. With the sharp edge of the paint stick scrap off the foam. It comes off so easy and it doesn’t hurt the paint what so ever. Once you have all the badges and foam removed the only thing that will be remaining will be the sticky glue. Now spray the remaining glue with glue be gone or goo be gone. Continue to scrape the glue with the paint stick. All the glue will slide in to a nice neat pile as long as it is wet from the Goo be gone.

You will have to work the final shadow of the badge off with some elbow grease, but I found it to be much easier using the paint stick.

Feel free to add to this if you know a better way.
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Oh I know what that is, I just wasn't sure he was speaking of scrapping a wooden stick on his clear coat???
DO NOT use this method to remove your badges!! The potential to mess up your paint job is a certainty!
No offense OP, I'm glad it worked out for you, but a wooden paint stick could easily scratch the clear coat, especially when you "grind" it down on the driveway, which could embed particulates from the driveway into the paint stick, making it even more abrasive!
Fishing line or a body filler scraper are the best methods for removing the emblems. A 3M wheel is by far the quickest and safest method for removing the residue. Goo gone works if you don't have/want to buy the 3M wheel, just takes a little elbow grease.
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Despite being hungover I was determined to get those last emblems off. I used the heat gun and some weed wacker line as suggested above. Was surprised how easily they came off even with this glue type adhesive instead of the foam type.
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I would imagine that age of the truck and local climate would have some affect on how easy/hard they are to pry off. Sounds like heat is the answer.
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I have a heat gun. And after the badge is removed the adhesive underneath is a very hard glue. Would an eraser wheel be able to get it off without damaging the paint?
That's how it's done! Just take the heat gun to it and get it nice and hot. Then put a flat head screw driver, with a rag on it so you don't scratch the paint and pry up. The eraser wheels are one of the greatest inventions ever.

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I don't think I would use a screwdriver even with a rag covering it. The potential for the metal making it's way through the cloth and scarring your paint is way too great. I do agree that the 3M eraser wheel is absolutely invaluable for debadging.

I don't see the need to reinvent the wheel here. Fishing line works great. Use some heavy test line or double it up so it won't break. Wear gloves so it doesn't cut into your fingers and work the badge off in a sawing motion. Zero chance of scratching your truck with fishing line. 3M eraser wheel is by far the easiest way to get the adhesive off and follow up with whatever goo remover you like (as long as it's safe for paint....I use Goo Gone Pro and it works great). Finish with a polish if needed and some wax and be done.
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The cleanest way I found to pull the sticky adhesive off is to pull it away at a 45* angle.



It leaves pretty much no sticky residue and it doesn't tear quite as easily.
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.. tip from an 'old head'...
for the final stage of 'goo removal'... Forget goo-gone.

Use Rain-X (or Windex) Window Cleaner.
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