So I tried painting the side badge of my '11 wrx red and it turned out great.
I had seen other posts on painting the front grill badge but I did not want to have the paint chip off easy and it look like crap in a year. So driving home today it just hit me. Why not use reflective tape. I dont know if this has been done or not but I thought i would give it a try. So a trip to Crappy-tire and here is my step by step for those who would like to try.
Steady Hand and Patience
1) I made a stencil first to get the proper shape. I laid a piece of paper over the badge and creased the edges.
2) After cutting out the stencil i checked to make sure it would be a good fit
3) Tape the stencil down onto the reflective tape then tape it down to a soft cutting surface
4) Carefully cut it out then check again with the badge to see if it is the correct size
5) Repeat for the R&X. The R is quite difficult and took a relitivly long time cut it out. Here are a few pictures of the final result.
Outdoor with camera flash
Outdoor from the side
Outdoor with the lights on
I used brake clean to take off all the oils on the badge before applying the tape. When you cut out the tape, make sure you go deep and cut the tape and sticky backing all the way through so that it will not separate at the corners when you peel it away. Use a metal ruler for cutting all the sides to keep them straight.
So 2 hours and $10 later I think it looks great. I was impressed with how bright it was from just my camera flash. I wonder how it looks coming from the brake lights of a car infront of you. I dont know how long this will stand up in the weather but the tape seemed quite strong, thick and durable. At least its quickly reversable if it turns to crap in a few months.
If it holds up well, maybe I will do the rear badge Also could look good if you could somehow place it behind the Subaru logo to replace the blue.
Well hope it works out if you try it. Leave feedback.