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Emblem Debadging:
Debadging refers to the process of removing the manufacturer's emblems from a vehicle. This is done to achieve a cleaner look. A side benefit is that the vehicle is much easier to wax. No more painstakingly applying wax in such a way to avoid getting wax between the emblems.
 
The first vehicle I removed the emblems from was my 1984 Cutlass almost 20 years ago. Back then we called it "Shaved Emblems". It was a difficult process removing the emblems from that vehicle as I did it when the vehicle was a few years old and the adhesive was tough to remove. Adhesive remover, a razor blade and patience was required. And after that a keen eye could notice paint fade where the emblem was due to aging.
 
When I purchased my 1999 4Runner I wasn't happy with the appearance of the chrome emblems on a vehicle with no other chrome on it. I had the dealer install the Black Pearl Emblem Package while the vehicle was new. It was different and a nice touch. Other than the Toyota symbol on the grill, all the emblems on the 1999 4Runner were on the rear liftgate leaving the sides with a clean look.
 
On the 4th generation 4Runner, the emblems notating the model designation are on the side, as well as the 4WD badge. Those combined with the "Toyota" and "4Runner" badges on the liftgate had to go. It is just too many emblems for my taste, as well as being the last bit of chrome on the vehicle. So the choice was made to remove them. I must say this was very simple to do, perhaps due to the vehicle being only a week old upon removal.
 
To remove the emblems. I began using the dental floss method, which I did not like as the floss kept breaking. I then switched to using a piece of string, which worked perfectly. Just thread the string behind the emblem and gently work it behind the foam tape type adhesive holding the emblem to the body. The emblems come off with absolutely no adhesive residue left behind and not a hint there was an emblem there in the first place.
 
Debadged







Before Debadging, with factory Sport Edition Emblems








 
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