HOW TO - Paint Your Subaru Badge, Both the Stars and the Background!
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    HOW TO - Paint Your Subaru Badge, Both the Stars and the Background!

    Well a lot of people wanted me to post this up. I just put it on scoobymods and am now posting it here.


    Here are some materials you might like to get before doing this:






    I'd recommend Q tips, tooth picks, and a heavy duty remover (i.e. Goof Off). nailpolish doesn't really work (I tried it). Just whatever you use, don't use something that is harmful to plastics. Goof Off is pushing it, but I didn't notice it eating away at the badge plastic.


    The Steps:

    1. First you need to pop your stock badge off from the car. This is relatively easy to do, but be careful to do it slowly. You'll want to take the grill off the car (4 clips) and then heat the badge with a blow dryer for several minutes... the hotter the better. Then use something thin (i.e., a butter knife) and pry the badge from the grill (I'd recommend using a cloth so as to not scratch it... you should also pry from the underside of the badge (bottom) so in case you do scratch it, it will not be noticeable when it is on the car.)

    2. Here we have our badge off the car. I actually did this to an '03 WRX badge (my WRX is an '02). I like the 03 badge more, as the stars are bigger and just look nicer IMO.



    Here is the reverse side of the badge. It is basically chrome inserts covered by blue paint.



    3. First off, start off by using some of the goof-off to start removing the blue paint. It comes off pretty easy. Use a Q-tip saturated in the remover to rub off the paint. You might also pour some of the remover on the badge and let it soak so as to soften up the paint. As you do this, most of the chrome will start to come off the badge. However, little fleks of chrome will remain in the edges of the stars. I used a toothpick to scratch at these and remove them. This part was a PITA and took a very long time. Continually inspect the badge until you remove all the chrome.



    4. Next, clean the badge very well with soap and water. let it dry well. Check again that no chrome specs are in the stars. Your badge should look like this from the reverse. You'll see some remaining paint on mine on the edges, but this doesn't matter as you can't see it from the front.



    5. Now it is time to paint the stars and the loop. I did this with some red caliper paint i had left over. I just sprayed it into a cup and brushed it on. I had some paint thinner and paper towel handy to wipe off any mistakes i made (it is pretty easy to paint the wrong part of the badge, especially considering the nooks are so small.

    6. Give your badge 3-4 coats, allowing enough time to dry between each coat, like any other paint job. Make sure you have enough coats so that when you hold it up to the light, no light can get through the paint. It should look like this:



    and the front side:



    7. Mask off the sides and front of your badge like so.





    This is to prevent any paint from seeping onto the face of the badge when you paint.

    8. Spray paint the badge's back face with any color you'd like. Just like any paint job, start slow, and do multiple light coats.

    The reverse side now:



    9. Throw on a few coats of clear coat for protection.

    10. Now you're done! The finished product:



    11, Reinstall. I actually drilled some holes behind where the badge mounts to the grill. That way, I can just pop it off from the reverse side with a screwdriver if i ever have to remove it again. To attach, just use some strips of 3M automotive double sided tape. It works very well.

    Here it is on my car... I did red/black to match my color scheme and wheels. I'm very happy with the way it turned out:





    Enjoy!
    2002 Subaru WRX Wagon, #87 STX

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    damn thats pretty slick!!

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    this can be done on the rear badge as well?

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    wow sick post!
    Thanks!
    If I find I have a few hours laying around, I'll have to try this.
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    Thats awsome dude i might have to give this a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gfred024 View Post
    this can be done on the rear badge as well?
    I don't see why not... I imagine it is the same style badge, with the chrome inserts and paint.
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    UGA colors eww

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    Man that looks Nice!
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    do you really need the bug killer? haha


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    guess i was too lazy to move that out of the picture
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    I sanded mine and it came out looking great but the goo-off would have been alot easier.
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    How do you take off the badge on the trunk? I think it is bolted in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntg06 View Post
    How do you take off the badge on the trunk? I think it is bolted in?
    you can't paint the 06 badge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 240toSTi View Post
    you can't paint the 06 badge.
    Somebody on this site painted his 06 emblems. I think the process is the same except you have to get the plastic piece out of the chrome outer oval in order to paint it.

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    that looks really nice. i love the wheels also, good job.

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