How to Paint Car Badges

Updated April 17, 2017

Car badges are the little emblems and symbols that represent the make and model of your car. Most of these badges are chrome or silver in colour. Car emblems were made of metal in the past, but are usually made of plastic now. They can be painted to stand out even more against the side of your car, or they can be painted to match and blend into the car's paint job. Learn how to paint car badges to get the look you want.

Place masking tape around the badge on your car to protect the surrounding painted surface. Layer the tape so that it is very thick.

Sand the badge using the 200-grit sandpaper. Lightly sand the entire surface that will be painted. The badge should look dull when you are finished sanding. Wipe the badge with wax and grease remover and a microfiber towel.

Pull the masking tape off and replace it with clean tape and masking paper so the painted surface is protected from overspray. This layer doesn't need to be thick. Wipe the badge with wax and grease remover one more time.

Hold the can 6 to 8 inches from the badge and spray a light coat, covering all areas of the badge. Wait 30 minutes and apply a second and then third coat of paint. Allow the paint to dry for a full hour.

Spray two or three coats of clear coat paint on the badge, waiting 15 minutes between coats. Remove the masking tape and paper one hour after the last coat of clear coat paint has been applied.


You can apply the paint with a brush, but it won't have the same smooth results and brush strokes might show.


Never paint in an enclosed garage or space. Spray paint in a well ventilated area.

Things You'll Need

  • 200 grit sandpaper
  • Wax and grease remover
  • Microfiber towels
  • Spray paint
  • Clear coat paint
  • Masking tape
  • Masking paper
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About the Author

Since 1997 Jenny Carver has served as editor and freelance writer for many offline and online publications including,, "Hoof Beat News," "Import Tuner" and others. Carver owns a custom automotive shop where she has been doing paint and body work, custom interior work and engine building for over 11 years.