How to remove glue from car emblems

Written by corey m. mackenzie
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If you wish to remove and keep an old car emblem, or you have bought a new or used car with an emblem that you just don't like, you may worry about getting the adhesive off the car and/or the emblem. In most cases, this can turn out to be much easier than you think. Although some auto emblems will seem to be stuck permanently, you should be able to get even the most stubborn sticker or raised (metallic) emblem off your car. All you need are a few easy-to-find adhesive removal products.

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Things you need

  • Goo Gone
  • 3M adhesive remover
  • WD40
  • Small plastic scraper or putty knife
  • Towel
  • Small bucket
  • Warm water
  • Dish soap
  • Small sponges

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    Spray or pour a little adhesive remover directly on the car emblem. If the emblem is not a sticker, but a raised metallic emblem, try getting the adhesive remover underneath it as as much you can. Let it remain there for a few minutes, undisturbed.

  2. 2

    Gently push between the car surface and the emblem with a plastic scraper or putty knife. Make sure you angle the blade, as flush with the car surface as possible, so you are not digging into the car's paint.

  3. 3

    Pour or spray more adhesive remover on any leftover adhesive after removing the emblem. If the emblem is a paper sticker, there will probably still be a little bit of the emblem left stuck to the car--especially if it has been there a long time. Again, allow the remover to sit for a moment on the adhesive. This should help dissolve the rest of the glue.

  4. 4

    Scrape any remaining pieces of the emblem and/or adhesive off, and then wipe with a towel.

  5. 5

    Put warm water, liquid soap and a sponge in a small bucket. Wash the area off completely with the sponge. This removes traces of the adhesive remover--you don't want to let this remain on your car.

Tips and warnings

  • Some glued emblems will be easier to get off than other kinds. If it doesn't come off easily, just keep trying. Eventually, the glue will succumb to these solvents.
  • To remove glue from the back of an emblem (that is a solid, non-sticker, emblem), simply apply more of the adhesive remover to the backing, and wipe it off.
  • Avoid getting any adhesive remover directly on the car's paint, as these products may damage the paint. If any gets on the car finish, rinse it off immediately.

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