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Old 06-21-2012, 05:23 PM   #1
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I de-badged and have shadows, what now?

So, I recently finished de-badging and black badging. I was just outside and in a certain light from about 6 feet away, I could clearly see where the badges were and read "TOYOTA", "TACOMA", "SR5 V6". Now, that is really lame, and I was wondering if anyone knew how to get rid of the shadows. If it was only up close, big deal, but it can be seen from a substantial distance from the truck. How do I remedy this? Clay bar, buff the shit out of it, repaint? I had to run in here for advice because I am now trying to figure it out. Thanks in advance TW.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:25 PM   #2
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is the shadow from the glue? if yes then try goo gone and lots of elbow grease
if its from the paint fading in the sun then claybar should help. that or time to look for a good polishing product
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Compound and wax.
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is the shadow from the glue? if yes then try goo gone and lots of elbow grease
if its from the paint fading in the sun then claybar should help. that or time to look for a good polishing product


Claybar wont do anything..you need to remove tiny layer of the clearcoat..claybar just removes whats on top of the clear.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:37 PM   #6
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Yeah, not from adhesive, I used goo gone and rubbed the hell out of it for quite a bit. I just looked at again, from across the street (about 50 feet) and I'll be damned if it's not clearly visible!! Thanks for the advice, have either of you had this same issue? With a silver Taco and these dark ass shadows, f**k, it is really noticeable!
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:38 PM   #7
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:40 PM   #8
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Compound and wax.
What type of compound would you recommend?
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Compound and wax.
This.

When I did mine after 11 or 12 years I had the ghost writing shadow effect too.

I washed, clay barred (didn't know it didn't matter and just went with it), compound and then wax.

Got rid of it.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:43 PM   #11
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This.

When I did mine after 11 or 12 years I had the ghost writing shadow effect too.

I washed, clay barred (didn't know it didn't matter and just went with it), compound and then wax.

Got rid of it.
What type of compound?
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What type of compound?
I can't remember. I'm not a hardcore detailer so it was something from either a local hardware store or Checker.

I also don't have a buffer or whatever it's called, so my shoulder was f'in toast after that day.
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Shadow as in fading ?
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Shadow as in fading ?
The paint around the badges oxides while the paint under the badge remains new.

So when you remove the badge after years of oxidization, you get a variance in paint color... gives it a shadow look when the badges are removed.
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The paint around the badges oxides while the paint under the badge remains new.

So when you remove the badge after years of oxidization, you get a variance in paint color... gives it a shadow look when the badges are removed.
Exactamundo! If anybody can chime in on what type of compound to use to remove the shadowing, it would be much appreciated.
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megniars polish works great. i used "mirror glaze fine-cut". works like a charm. put a lil bit on a cloth rag, swirl it on, presto, no shadow.
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Damn Tim... you have a Lunar Mist Tacoma. You probably don't have to do a damn thing and just let the sun and elements do the work for you... by this time next year you won't have any shadowing

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I would go buy some 3M buffing compound, 3M glaze, and 3M wax. It's been a while since I've been into auto detailing (used to do some of it on the side when I was a teenager). Ask the guys at NAPA or O'Reillys (both of those seem to be much better equipped to answer paint questions than their competitors) and they'll tell you.

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Damn Tim... you have a Lunar Mist Tacoma. You probably don't have to do a damn thing and just let the sun and elements do the work for you... by this time next year you won't have any shadowing

Yeah Madjik, if I wanted to drive around for a year, knowing everyone was staring at it. Thanks TacomaJPP, I will hit them up this weekend, gotta pick up stuff for an oil change anyhoo, she is due!
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