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    Debadged and took the lacquer off!!

    Ok so on Saturday i decided to take off the A3 and 2.0TDI badges off the back using dental floss.

    Badges came off easy but oh my days the glue wouldnt! Used 'Sticky stuff' remover and a Spatula numerous times and it still wouldnt budge! Never had this problem before! So i had the choice of either leaving it on and it looking a mess or scraping it off with a knife!

    I knew using a knife would take the lacquer off, which it did, but thought it would look less noticable than the glue.

    I've used T-Cut to try and smooth it but still looks a bit shoddy so i was wondering what else could i use and if there is nothing else, could i just get the lower part of my boot lacquered fairly cheaply to rectify?

    Thanks!
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    I used Farecla G3 and plenty of elbow grease to clean mine up after I moved the badges up and in a little! it took a few attempts to get it looking right though.
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    if you have taken the lacquere its a repaint, A good body shop will be able to do a part respray on the damage area and blend it in.

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    Debadged and took lacquer off!!

    As said. One the lacquer has been taken off its repaint time I'm afraid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BB13 View Post
    if you have taken the lacquere its a repaint, A good body shop will be able to do a part respray on the damage area and blend it in.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis583 View Post
    As said. One the lacquer has been taken off its repaint time I'm afraid.
    Ah balls!!

    I've Debadged before but its been easy compared to this. It was like someone put the badges on themselves and used No-Nails or something.

    How much do you think it would cost approx? Not had any spray work done for a looooooooooooooong time!

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    If trying to remove sticky double sided tape, just buy yourself a caramel wheel, brilliant things I have a stock of them
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    Quote Originally Posted by NHN View Post
    If trying to remove sticky double sided tape, just buy yourself a caramel wheel, brilliant things I have a stock of them
    ............. i dont get it

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    Which part?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NHN View Post
    Which part?
    The whole thing. I've been around Chemicals today so i think some brain cells have been killed off....

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    Do a search for caramel wheel.

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    Ahhhhh right haha.

    I thought it was a joke!

    Never heard of them! I have all of the glue off now so would this be any help with the lacquer as in, will it smooth it out?

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    ChipsAway are supposed to be pretty good and fairly cheap @ £80ish per panel.
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    Lol I just used white spirit... took the glue straight off and left no marks whatso ever and still nothing and that was 6 months ago. Knife... 0_o !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artimus View Post
    ChipsAway are supposed to be pretty good and fairly cheap @ £80ish per panel.
    Sh*t the bed!! Think i'll just wait until the dirt covers it haha!

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    & when the dirt gets into the metal & rusts, lifts paint & lacquer, thats the bootlid below line/top of bumper needed doing at vastly more.

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    didnt you heat it up first ?

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    Methylated Spirits for removing trims and badges
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    Debadged and took the lacquer off!!

    Scary, I'm doing mine at the weekend.

    Meths and hair dryer already at the ready.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bez101 View Post
    didnt you heat it up first ?
    Yeah it just wouldnt budge! It didnt look like normal glue either,Well,not what ive been used to in the past!

    Quote Originally Posted by Danny-boy View Post
    Scary, I'm doing mine at the weekend.

    Meths and hair dryer already at the ready.
    Good luck, hopefully have no problems like me!

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    When i de-badged mine i simply used a spatula/scraper and leaved the badges off the car.

    Once this was done it left the adhesive from the badges, i used UPVC cleaner to take the majority off and they polished the rest off. Personally i wouldn't use T-Cut as you can achieve the same just using different grades of polish.

    And with views on the re-spray you more than likely will have to get the full door painted, as blending would be a nightmare.

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    Debadged and took the lacquer off!!

    Reckon mine wants de-badging but like on previous cars it takes time and patience!

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    I'm due to replace chrome Audi decals on rear and front bumper as I've purchased high gloss black replacements however...... after so many conflicting opinions and reports on 'how to' remove existing decals I stopped and decided to get professional detailers to do the job when the car goes in for detailing work in April...... Sorry for you're troubles mate
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathaan View Post
    When i de-badged mine i simply used a spatula/scraper and leaved the badges off the car.

    Once this was done it left the adhesive from the badges, i used UPVC cleaner to take the majority off and they polished the rest off. Personally i wouldn't use T-Cut as you can achieve the same just using different grades of polish.

    And with views on the re-spray you more than likely will have to get the full door painted, as blending would be a nightmare.
    Its the boot so hopefully because of the part where the boot has the line above the plate it should be easier to blend! Fingers crossed if it needs doing!

    Quote Originally Posted by READER84 View Post
    Reckon mine wants de-badging but like on previous cars it takes time and patience!
    I had alot of patience.....for a change....but then the knife came out!

    Quote Originally Posted by robbiemac View Post
    I'm due to replace chrome Audi decals on rear and front bumper as I've purchased high gloss black replacements however...... after so many conflicting opinions and reports on 'how to' remove existing decals I stopped and decided to get professional detailers to do the job when the car goes in for detailing work in April...... Sorry for you're troubles mate
    Haha wish i did that now!

    Not your fault mate but hopefully yours turns out better!
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    Tardis works well removing sticky residue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robbiemac View Post
    I'm due to replace chrome Audi decals on rear and front bumper as I've purchased high gloss black replacements however...... after so many conflicting opinions and reports on 'how to' remove existing decals I stopped and decided to get professional detailers to do the job when the car goes in for detailing work in April...... Sorry for you're troubles mate
    Even some chicken thin wire from a diy store can cut the foam backing away from the badge, then use a caramel wheel to remove all the sticky residue, then just quickly rub over with a cleaner, then polish with some G3.

    Caramel wheels are used by professional bodyshops, to remove the sticky foam tape to fit new trim etc parts that have these to fix to the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grr666 View Post
    Tardis works well removing sticky residue.
    Quote Originally Posted by NHN View Post
    Even some chicken thin wire from a diy store can cut the foam backing away from the badge, then use a caramel wheel to remove all the sticky residue, then just quickly rub over with a cleaner, then polish with some G3.

    Caramel wheels are used by professional bodyshops, to remove the sticky foam tape to fit new trim etc parts that have these to fix to the car.
    Thanks for the info. I'll know for the next time if a debadge a car in the future.

    My main problem now is just trying to smooth the lacquer until i get it corrected but T-Cut has done all it can do!

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    Why don't you put some badges over the damage mate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimG View Post
    Why don't you put some badges over the damage mate?
    Haha to be honest i did think about putting them back on until i got it sorted!

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    Hair dryer and WD40.

    In fact I washed the car with WD40 to get rid of tar spots. It was superb. Followed that with a snow foam, rinse, shampoo, rinse, dry and polish. WD removes anything sticky and is not too harsh. Just be careful around the wheels!!!!!!! Discs dont like it!!!!


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    Debadged and took the lacquer off!!

    +1 for WD40, top stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimG View Post
    Why don't you put some badges over the damage mate?
    Seems like a daft question, but does anyone know how you would go about sticking badges back on once you've taken them off? I ask because I'm thinking about taking the rear 4 rings off, spraying them black and sticking them back on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leeds2592 View Post
    Seems like a daft question, but does anyone know how you would go about sticking badges back on once you've taken them off? I ask because I'm thinking about taking the rear 4 rings off, spraying them black and sticking them back on.
    The same crap that someone used to put the badges on the back of my car with lol. Only comes off with a knife!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeds2592 View Post
    Seems like a daft question, but does anyone know how you would go about sticking badges back on once you've taken them off? I ask because I'm thinking about taking the rear 4 rings off, spraying them black and sticking them back on.
    Buy a new ring badge, paint it then stick, trying to fit new sticky tape to the shape of the rings would take ages considering the rings arent exactly expensive overall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigWillyStyle View Post
    The same crap that someone used to put the badges on the back of my car with lol. Only comes off with a knife!!


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    I took mine off and painted them black. Used those number plate sticky pads to reattach it - but it did take ages to cut the adhesive into the correct shape and to look neat! managed it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimG View Post
    I took mine off and painted them black. Used those number plate sticky pads to reattach it - but it did take ages to cut the adhesive into the correct shape and to look neat! managed it though.
    Quote Originally Posted by NHN View Post
    Buy a new ring badge, paint it then stick, trying to fit new sticky tape to the shape of the rings would take ages considering the rings arent exactly expensive overall.
    Cheers lads. I'm going from working 5 days to 3 days soon so I'll have a bit of time on my hands. May give it a crack and if I balls it up, buy new rings.

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    eBay..... Underground parts, roughly £12.50 for the small Audi rings decal.
    you can order in High Gloss Black or matte Black, the rear badge has the adhesive backing already fitted.



    And once you've ordered that, you might need a can of this to coat the A3, S3, RS3 badges you may have.....



    I am going through this conversion now, decided to hand over the car and parts to a professional detailer as my skills are not up to it......
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    Just debadged mine this morning, nice easy free mod, hairdryer and meths came off no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robbiemac View Post
    eBay..... Underground parts, roughly £12.50 for the small Audi rings decal.
    you can order in High Gloss Black or matte Black, the rear badge has the adhesive backing already fitted.



    And once you've ordered that, you might need a can of this to coat the A3, S3, RS3 badges you may have.....



    I am going through this conversion now, decided to hand over the car and parts to a professional detailer as my skills are not up to it......
    good luck with you're project.
    I'm planning to dip my whole car by the end of next weekend so I'll make a thread on how that goes. I'm doing the same thing atm... Iv debadged the whole back and looking to dip my rings black then remount it back on but I can't seem to find any 3M adhesive anywhere. What glues are u guys using to put it back on?

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    Dang!... The thought of going anywhere near my cars with a knife makes me cringe! you stoopid! Hang your head low in shame pay for a good paint job and leave it to the experts in future.

 

 
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