How to Debadge a Car

This is a step-by-step guide on how to debadge a car. If your car's badges are attached with adhesive, it will be a simple process—but metal clip badges may need professional help.
Written by Elan Mcafee
Reviewed by Carrie Adkins
Removing a badge can be a relatively easy process you can accomplish on your own—but not if the emblem is attached with metal clips. If your car's emblem is attached with glue adhesive, it will be easy to remove.
There are many reasons vehicle owners decide to debadge their cars. Some people don't like the dirt and grime they tend to collect, while others prefer to remove their badges for aesthetic reasons.
If your badge is attached to your car with an adhesive, here's how to safely debadge your car without damaging your car paint.
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Materials needed

Here's what you need to successfully complete the debadging process:
  • Adhesive remover
  • Dental floss or a fishing line
  • A hairdryer
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Mild soap and warm water
  • A plastic razor blade or credit card

Steps to debadge a car

Step 1: Heat the adhesive beneath the badge. Put the hairdryer on its highest setting and hold it 2 to 3 inches away from your car before moving it along the length of the badge. Periodically try to wiggle the badge to gauge if the adhesive is softening.
Step 2: Pry the badge. Once the adhesive has softened, use a plastic razor blade or a credit card to pull up an edge of the badge.
If the adhesive has been completely softened by the hairdryer, you might be able to pry up the badge in its entirety (if that is the case, you can skip the next step).
Step 3: Thread dental floss or a fishing line under the badge to slice through the adhesive. Similar to how you would floss your teeth, move the floss back and forth to saw through the adhesive.
It may be necessary to re-soften the adhesive with the hairdryer (depending on how quickly you work). Continue the process until the badge comes off.
Step 4: Remove the residual adhesive from the car. Rub an adhesive remover like Goo Gone in a circular motion over the removal site. Try to limit the spread of the product because it could strip the clear coat or wax off of your car's surface.
Step 5: Perform a final clean. Using a mild detergent like dish soap and warm water, wipe up the adhesive remover and allow the area to air dry.
For best results,
and wax your car after it is debadged. This will help even out the appearance of the paint beneath the badge and make it uniform with the rest of the exterior.
There you have it. Your car is badge-free!


Why do people debadge cars?

Most of the time, people debadge cars for aesthetic reasons. People want to show off the car by itself, and they find the emblems are distracting. Or, they may not want to advertise a specific brand, trim, or engine attached to their car.

How much does it cost to debadge a car?

The cost to debadge a car depends on how the emblems are attached. If they're attached by glue, it's an easier process, but if they're attached by metal clips, you will almost certainly need professional help.
Prices range from $80-400, depending on how much needs to get done. Some debadging will require aesthetic fixes to be made, such as paint that comes off during the process. Consult an auto body shop to get more details on how much your debadge will cost.
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