[W204] Cleaning Residue from debadging

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  1. Maurauth

    Maurauth Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I've always debadged the model numbers on the back of my cars with no issues, however when I took the Blueefficiency badges off the wings it left a lot of sticky residue that won't budge with the good old fingernails + hot water.

    I was wondering if you detailing experts could recommend the best product to clear the residue without damaging the paintwork? Cheers!
     
  2. J4miejenks

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    Did mine yday, I find neat screen wash work a treat.

    At worst I'd hit it with AG tar spot remover and clay bar with quick detailer and towel dry.

    Like I say screen wash work a treat ;)
     
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    Autosmart Tardis.

    It's only generally available in 5 litres so overkill for your use.

    If you are local to me (PR9) you are welcome to some.
     
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    Thanks a lot guys!

    I'll start with screen wash as I've got plenty and then go to Tar Remover and all else fails the Tardis stuff!
     
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    Never heard of using screen wash before, genius.

    If that does fail, you won't go wrong with Autoglym Intensive Tar Remover, works a treat for glue residue.

    Either way, just give it a quick coat of wax afterwards as either product will strip off any protection. :thumb:
     
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    WD40 also works a treat :thumb:
     
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    warm it up with a hairdryer, then wd40 and your fingernails works perfect. dont forget the polish and wax after.:thumb:
     
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    A strong adhesive tape will usually lift any residue off cleanly, particularly if you warm it with a hairdryer first.
     
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    Heat up with a hair dryer. Will become nice and soft and can then easily remove. Bit of T-cut will help as well to remove the final residue.
     
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    Why debadge? Any petrolhead will just look at the exhaust tips,wheels etc and think you're a complete prat for debadging and slightly ashamed of your car?
     
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    That's what I've always thought about debadging. I wonder if the debadging brigade are equally ashamed of their wives/girlfriends and put paper bags over their heads when they go out!

    When I placed the order for my car the salesman asked whether I wanted it debadged. "No way", I said, "That's the car I've chosen and I'll be proud to let everyone know". (The fact that most people don't have a clue what "C350" means is totally irrelevant!)
     
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    Do you know what I find embarrassing when people post and it's not even relevant to the initial question asked ;)

    It's his car guys, so leaving him do what he wants, I de-badged mine as personally I prefer the less cluttered look, and I have no issues with the way my misses looks or what car I drive :)
     
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    I'm a petrolhead and I won't think that :dk:
     
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    if it said V8 , V12, BRABUS or M3, M5, Alpina etc would you take the badges off? :doh: Surprisingly all the Astons, Ferrari's, Porsches, old E Types and Mercs around here (let alone the Triumphs and MG;s) in gods country aren't debadged..Derbyshire is brill!
     
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    Some are about showing off and some prefer an understated clean look.

    One doesn't have to be better than the other. Isn't difference of opinion great?!
     
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    Yes I suppose you're right..so are you going to take the MB stars off the car and put Toyota ones on or just leave it bare?
     
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    Not a Toyota per se but if the badges read LFA, I'd have them anywhere on the car :)

    I personally like that some cars are really something else lurking beneath a stock outward appearance, more so that unless you know what you are looking for it could pass by un-noticed.
     
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    No need to be a *****, I was just asking for advice on how to clean the residue.

    I've always debadged my cars as I dislike the chrome that they put all over the boot and sides of cars. I debadged all my old MX-5s which were top spec, top engine.

    Removing the badges is just first step before I remove the chrome trim and have it wrapped in black to smooth out the look.

    It's not like you can hide the sound of a turbo-diesel anyway, and the only reason it's not an AMG is the insurance at my age, once I can afford an AMG's insurance premiums I will remove all badges other than the AMG one.
     
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    Back on topic:

    I tried the screenwash and I think the stuff was a bit cheap and didn't quite do the job, although I needed to top up the car anyway, so was worth buying haha.

    I used the AG Intensive Tar Remover and it worked wonders, followed that up with a a good bit of T-Cut and it looks great. (Other than the small scratch I made when I originally tried to get the residue off with a brush I normally reserve for wheels.)
     

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