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Old 06-24-07, 11:42 AM   #1
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Default DIY gold emblems to Chrome in about 3 hours

I have been looking for deal on chrome emblems for awhile. My gold ones were getting tired plus they just don’t give the look I want, they are kinda 90’s if you know what I mean. I got to thinking, Gold goes on top of chrome and the gold always wears off the chrome so what can I do to get rid of the gold?
I decided to take a chance and try, no guts no glory!
Here is what you will need.
  • Heat gun or hair dryer
  • Buffing wheel for a drill or die grinder
  • Metal polish I like Blue magic
  • Two sided emblem tape
  • Some razor blades
  • WD40
  • Prep solvent
  • One gallon can of patience
  • And about three hours
Lets start with a before shot.
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Now using the heat gun gently warm the emblem up. Use a credit card to lift the emblem and start cutting the adhesive with a blade, slowly! It will break!
Once you have it off use the WD40 to remove the glue on the car.
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Here are the heat gun and buffer I used
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Now hold the emblem in your hand and use the buffer and compound too polish off the gold. Here is a emblem halfway done.
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Here it is done, Now take a razor and clean the extra adhesive off the back of it.
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Clean it with a prep type solvent.
Now stick new adhesive tape to it. I always use 3m trim adhesive. Once you stick it to it you will need to trim all around it with a razor blade.
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Now clean the car with a prep type solvent and stick it on. Walla! Chrome!

Repeat for all the emblems and here is how it looks.
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Wow...that looks awesome, great writeup man.
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Old 06-24-07, 11:51 AM   #10
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sweet, never knew the gold was on top of the silver
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Chrome with un-touched gold.
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great write up Scott, now if i only had gold emblems haha.
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great write-up...looks like i got another summer car project to add to the list...
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personally i think the gold gave it such a rich look but whatever floats your boat
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WTF... wow... your amazing... i would have never guessed that under the gold is freaking chrome... i just got done painting mine black satin bc it was my compromise for getting rid of the gold and not having chrome. BLAH. now i have to take it all off again.

anyways nice write up scott.
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