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#1 sheldon1992

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 12:35 PM

Hi all, 

 

I'm wanting to debadge my Mini. However, I'm worried it's going to leave a mark. Do you have any recommendations on the best way to debadge it and how to clean up anything that is left under the badge?

 

Cheers,

Lloyd



#2 nicklouse

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 12:48 PM

It depends on the badges. Most just pull off as they and mounted in little plastic plugs that fit into the mounting holes in the boot and the bonnet.



#3 beardylondon

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 12:59 PM

Most have lugs as Nick says, but if they stuck in with double sided tape, get some fishing wire behind the badge to destroy the tape.

#4 Ben_O

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 01:15 PM

I usually go for a clean, new plastic filler spreader.

 

Only problem with debadging a mini is you will most likely be left with mounting holes in the bodywork behind, especially on the bonnet.



#5 bpirie1000

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 01:34 PM

If by badges you mean decals then try a hairdryer or a heat gun.

You do get tar and glue remover as well if that helps.

#6 Vanman20

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 01:46 PM

Check if they've been masked out and painted around, there'll be a paint edge if they have

#7 sheldon1992

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 04:05 PM

I suspect they've been stuck on. I want to replace the wing badge on the bonnet and boot with a new one (cooper car company one, I think they look smart!) . But there is also a Cooper Sport (It's not a cooper sport!) and a 1.3i badge that I deffo want off.



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Posted 24 October 2020 - 05:11 PM

I suspect they've been stuck on. I want to replace the wing badge on the bonnet and boot with a new one (cooper car company one, I think they look smart!) . But there is also a Cooper Sport (It's not a cooper sport!) and a 1.3i badge that I deffo want off.

Pop the bonnet and have a look.



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Posted 24 October 2020 - 05:15 PM

I actually have the bonnet off right now, adding sound proofing and silicon. I've had a look and it actually looks like the wings, 1.3i and cooper sport are all stuck on.

 

That's fine for the wings, as I'll be replacing.

 

What do you recommend to clean up the mess the sticky pads have left behind on the 1.3i and cooper sport? I mean worst case, I'll stick them back on of course =)



#10 beardylondon

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 05:35 PM

White spirit on a rag is good to clean off sticky mess left.

#11 RustyAutoCityE

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 06:12 PM

WD40 will remove adhesive residue if you let it soak for a bit.

I brought a bottle of "Sticky Stuff remover" from a supermarket that also works well.

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 06:16 PM

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 08:06 PM

Use dental floss to saw underside of double sided adhesive stuck on badges. Clean up with WD40 or other mild solvent type adhesive cleaners.

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 08:10 PM

Toffee wheel in a drill takes off the sticky stuff

#15 KernowCooper

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Posted 28 October 2020 - 09:05 PM

One thing worth mentioning is on all cars not just the mini, if the badges have been there any length of time, when removed can leave a shadow in the lacquer, and no amount of polishing removes it.






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