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Emblem Removal / Installation Guide

EMBLEM REMOVAL / INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

Congratulations on your purchase of LODEN brand full replacement badges for your vehicle!
Firstly, it's important to note when dealing with overlay Wheel Cap Emblems, Steering Wheel Emblems, LODEN "Metal Skin" overlay badges and various other metal and abs Accent Emblems, there is no learning curve, ANYONE can install safely and securely with the pre-affixed 3M adhesive backing without the need to remove the OEM badges. The below guide pertains only to FULL REPLACEMENT BADGES (ie: Badges which require the standard equipment OEM badges be fully removed prior to the installation of your new badges).
FULL REPLACEMENT BADGES, Learn how to:
1.) Quickly and easily remove your existing OEM badges
2.) Properly prepare the vehicle surface to accept the new badges (very important)
3.) Install your new LODEN badges safely and securely
4.) Care-for your new badges to ensure they look amazing for years to come
READY? Let's get started!
STEP #1: TOOLS

1.) Heat Gun or Hair Dryer
2.) ABS or Rubber Wedge
3.) Adhesive Remover
4.) ABS Razor Blade
5.) MicroFiber Towel
6.) Adhesion Promoter
7.) UltraFine Emblem Polishing Cloth
8.) Heavy Duty Gloves (optional)

***IMPORTANT TOOL CAVEATS***
*Heat processing times vary between Heat Gun and Hair Dryer
*ABS wedges are only recommended for badge removals on METALl car panels (not ABS or Carbon fiber)
*Microfiber Towel should never be replaced with a standard terry towel
*String Emblem Removal Tool (or waxed dental floss) is only recommended for "letter emblems" (not full replacement OEM "badges!)
(More in-depth information on each of these caveats listed below..)

STEP #2: HEATING OEM BADGES

A.) VERY IMPORTANT. Before you begin heating your OEM Badges (to loosen the backside adhesive) it's extremely important to identify the MATERIAL underneath your badge! Is your badge placed on SHEET METAL, ABS PLASTIC or CARBON FIBER? The answer to this question will determine various factors going forward. Good news is most OEM badges are placed onto SHEET METAL, which is the most durable / forgiving automotive material. ABS PLASTIC and CARBON FIBER (more the UV Coating placed over carbon fiber) is much more sensitive to HEAT. Considering your OEM badge is placed on SHEET METAL, let's proceed.. (additional notes on ABS and CARBON FIBER below).
B.) General Rules of Thumb when heating OEM Badges:
*Keep the heating tool 6-10" away when on HIGH MODE
*Keep the heating tool 4-6" away when on LOW MODE
*Keep CONSTANT MOTION when heating OEM Badges (circular and sweeping motions only)
*Considering Heat Gun, the processing time should be between 1-1.5 minutes for the adhesive to fully loosen
*Considering Hair Dryer, the processing time should be between 2-2.5 minutes for the adhesive to fully loosen (on high). **processing times will vary**
*When removing OEM Badges you should be resigned to possibly melting, cracking or breaking the badge. However, if keeping the badge in-tact is a top priority it's recommended to heat on a lower setting for a bit longer. This will not guarantee the preservation of the badge, however will improve your chances. More on this subject below..

STEP #3: REMOVING OEM BADGES

Before selecting your removal tool it's important to determine if salvaging the OEM badge is needed. Our tool of choice is the ABS wedge, a more aggressive tool which may risk damage to the OEM badge in some cases. If damaging the OEM badge is a concern we recommend using a strong fishing line on this step to carefully work/cut the backside adhesive slowly. With either tool, be mindful of the opposite corner of the badge when LIFTING to prevent nicks and scrapes to your paint finish. We recommend working behind all sections of the badge (left, right, top and bottom) applying slight lifts to each position before lifting the badge off the vehicle.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Many newer model vehicles have additional "Pins" or "Tabs" fastening the badge through (2) holes made through the sheet metal. Even in the presence of these pins, some year/models are harder to break-free than others. Going through great lengths to remove interior paneling to access the backside of these emblems to loosen the bolts or tabs can be extremely time consuming. To bypass this, simply heat the emblem for a bit longer (extra 30 seconds - 1 minute). Here's where a good pair of heavy duty gloves would come-in handy, otherwise use ABS (2) wedges (1 in each hand, behind the left and right side). Begin to rock the emblem back and forth (left to right, right to left) while PULLING with moderate force. This motion with added pressure will compromise the stability of the ABS backside pins and eventually release the pins from the sheet metal. Additional heat to the OEM badges may be necessary to properly compromise the stability of the fastening pins.

STEP #4: ADHESIVE REMOVAL / SURFACE PREPARATION

These are the MOST IMPORTANT yet most overlooked steps. Properly removing the left-over OEM adhesive and residue and surface preparation PRIOR to the installation of your new emblem is critical to ensure a secure fitment which will last the life of your vehicle.
This step consists of 3 phases:
1.) Remove OEM adhesive:
While the left-over OEM adhesive is still hot "roll" the adhesive with your thumbs, remove as much as possible before the adhesive cools. Move quickly and be careful not to burn your fingers. If you have sensitive skin and/or stubborn adhesive an optional ABS plastic razor blade can be used to scrape-away the bulk of 3M, however be careful not to scrape your paint finish (using an ABS razor blade properly requires skill and caution). However, if your new emblem will fully cover the adhesive area there's no need to worry about blemishes.
2.) Apply Adhesive Remover:
Once the bulk of left-over OEM adhesive has been removed proceed with applying the adhesive remover on the microfiber tower (Note: Microfiber towels work much better than standard terry clothes for this task). Apply a liberal amount of adhesive remover and allow to soak-in for at least 5 minutes before working the adhesive with the microfiber towel until the remainder of adhesive residue has been removed completely.
3.) Clean/Prepare Surface:
Once all adhesive residue has been successfully removed, proceed with cleaning the area with soap and water, then apply Adhesion Promoter to the vehicle surface to properly prep the vehicle surface to accept and bond your new emblem in place securely. Your new emblem is now ready to be installed!

STEP #5: INSTALL YOUR NEW EMBLEM!

1.) Prior to removal of the 3M backing, perform a few test alignments to get comfortable with your planned placement.

2.) Once ready, fully remove the 3M protective film from the backside of your new emblem

3.) Firmly press your new emblem into place. Don't forget to apply gentle pressure for approx 1-2 minutes to ensure the new badge has made full contact with the vehicle surface and fully bonds. It's recommended to wait 24-72 hours before washing the vehicle.
ENJOY the new, exotic appearance of your vehicle!
**Additional Tips:
Do not power-wash your new emblems. Always hand wash, lightly polish chrome plated badges with a microfiber tower or pat dry custom painted badges (never scrub custom painted badges, pat wash and pat dry. Use an Ultrafine Microfiber Polishing Cloth to maintain your new emblem from scratches or swirl marks.)
It's recommended to install your new emblem in 70+ degree temperature (approx 20 celcius). If you live in a cold climate be sure to gently heat the surface of your vehicle (only where the emblem will be placed) prior to installation. You should also make efforts to keep your vehicle warm and protected for 1-2 days post installation as immediately subjecting your new emblem to extreme cold/snow could adversely effect the longevity of the adhesive bond. Additionally, if you live in a cold/snowy climate and your vehicle is not garaged it's critical to invest in a CAR COVER. Do not leave your vehicle/badges directly exposed to frigid wind and/or snow pile-up. Furthermore, if your vehicle is exposed to road salts (used to melt snow) be mindful these salts are known to eat-through chrome plating and deteriorate custom paint finishes. Clean your emblems regularly if exposed to snow and/or road salts.

***ABS PLASTIC or CARBON FIBER NOTES***

As mentioned previously, extra precaution is required when removing badges from ABS Plastic or Carbon Fiber (bumpers, hoods, trunk lids, fenders, etc). The above pictured Scion FRS front badge is a prime example as the OEM badge is placed on an ABS plastic OEM bumper. Furthermore, the deep bumper indention raises the risk level of potential blemishes caused during the removal process. Always be mindful of indents and/or curves in the vehicle body which may be damaged by the emblem removal tool.
*General Rules of Thumb when removing badges from ABS or Carbon Fiber panels:
*Keep the heating tool 6-10" away on LOW MODE
*Keep CONSTANT MOTION when heating (circular and sweeping motions only)
*Considering Heat Gun, the processing time should be between 30 seconds - 1 minute
*Considering Hair Dryer, the processing time should be between 1 minute - 1.5 minutes
*DO NOT use an ABS wedge to remove OEM badges from ABS or Carbon Fiber surfaces
*Opt for either heavy duty waxed floss or fishing line to cut through the backside adhesive
*Use extra precaution around curves and indents, blemishes to the paint can occur easily
Installation Support:
If you have questions or concerns not covered in this tutorial, please contact info@lodenemblems.com for technical support.