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DIY: Debadging your car: 3rd Gen
So, I am sure this has been threaded before but here's for the 3rd gen
The following items can be removed with heatgun/hair dryer and either a clean credit card (plastic card) or 3-5lb test fishing wire.
-Rear Mazda Emblem
-Rear Skyactive Badge
-Rear Mazda 6 Badge
Basically, use your heat source to warm up the glue holding on the emblem/badge. Gently wedge your credit card or fishing line behind the piece and wiggle till you can remove the piece. Go slow and heat different areas to loosen the glue.
The rear Mazda Logo also has two prongs that insert into the body of the car.
The front grille emblem is clipped in at about 6 places if I recall correctly. To remove, gently pry at areas surrounding the emblem with a clean flathead screwdriver. Try not to dig or use too much force. The piece will clip off and then snap back on once you are done. Since there are holes around the whole circle of the emblem, I refrained from making the "evil M" in the front and just did the rear.
Removing the chrome and black lip on the trunk . . . I did not like the crome accent lip on the trunk since I feel its too close to the Hyundai Sonata look. To remove it, there are three caps on the underside of the ledge. They are very noticble and just use a flathead to pop em off and use a socket wrench to do the bolt inside. Once those are off, it will take some wiggling to get the chromed ends out. They are clipped at two points, one near the end and one in the middle. I haven't found the surefire method to easily remove them so I just wiggled it till it came loose and bingo, it came off. Also, you might have to remove your license plate frame if it is bulky and prevents the downward/outward movement.
I did em all classic black and relocated some of them on the car. I let the paint air dry for at least 24hrs before reapplying them to the vehicle. I waiting about a week before I had the chance to reapply the non-chrome trunk lip.
Cleanup!!! Once you have removed your badges from the car, clean up as much of the tacky goo they use by using your fingers and heat. I personally like goo gone to finish up the job and get all the remaining bits off. Use what you think works best.
For reapplying, I used 3M 5lb weight test double stick tape. I am not 100% happy with it but it holds it nice and doesn't look too bad. The issue I have is it is thick and bumps the emblems out a bit. Not a huge deal breaker. Also, its weak enough to just undo easily and reapply somewhere else or with something else. Other suggestions for adhesion are welcomed.
WARNING: if you try to reapply your pieces with glue (elmers,crazy,apoxy) there is a high chance it will seep out before it can set and you might ruin your paint job and emblems.
Good Luck and post if you have questions. Also, show some pics once you get your project done.
I will be posting pics later today. The car is a bit dirty but you will get the idea. Shine and show hopefully this weekend. . .
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