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Old 02-22-2009, 11:26 AM   #41
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I have the black sand factory paint on my 07. Any thoughts on what color and sheen of black will look best? Trying to decide between black pearl or flat black, but thinking gloss black might look okay too. Sometimes I wish Toyota didn't add a metallic flake to their blacksand paint. Oh well.

Socalax - what are the approximate dimensions of your emblems? Ebay sells them in large (6'' x 1'') or small (3-1/2'' x 1/2''). Just curious. Thanks!
Small. They're great!
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:38 AM   #42
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good write up..ive been thinking of doing this for a while, but couldnt figure out how to make it look right since that tape is kinda thick
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good write up..ive been thinking of doing this for a while, but couldnt figure out how to make it look right since that tape is kinda thick
Looks stock basically. People come up to me and ask me if I have a special edition with the black badges. It looks great.
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Agreed. Pics look fantastic. I wonder how the large ones would look? I'm tempted to put a small on each door and then a large on the tailgate, right above the V6 SR5.
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Where did you get the adhesion promoter?
I found everything but that...
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Will you be able to see the red behind it?
you can get it an a paint supply store or somewhere like autozone. like he said its just a red backing that you peel off. i do auto body for a living n triming can be a little difficult at times thats why you can use small strips so that the tape isnt seen through the letters. i did mine but i used something much eazier then 3m tape. i used 3m plastic emblem glue n it drys clear. just dont use too much. you dont want it to gush out when you press it back on. use painters tape to hold it in place till it drys....just make sure you scuff them b4 you paint them so the paint has something to hold to and clean the with wax/grease remover(glass cleaner can work too) and avoid touching after cleaning do to oil in your fingers. and make sure u remove all of the old tape off the emblem b4 useing tape or glue. if you have a bench grinding wheel that also has a wire wheel the wire wheel makes it much eazier to remove the old tape/glue. that sure beats using a razor blade and your thumb!
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So... how long have you had these on now? and how fast have you gone...
im just wondering cause that Law Office sign on the tape is probably not subjected to 70-80-90-100+ mph...
What you mean law office sign?

I've bounced it off the governor so over 100.
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What you mean law office sign?

I've bounced it off the governor so over 100.
look at the pic you posted of the tape
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look at the pic you posted of the tape
OHHH I got it lol. Yea but I have hit over 100 and none of them have flown off.
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Excellent Write Up!!
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Great write up. I'm definitely going to be doing this on my white tacoma. I think black on white will be great.

I noticed in the original post that it is not recommended to do this on the truck. Just curious why? If you were able to mask everything off really well, wouldn't that work? Perhaps tough to get good even coverage when painting...

Also curious about other options for removing the leftover tape if anyone has tried other alternatives.
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Great write up. I'm definitely going to be doing this on my white tacoma. I think black on white will be great.

I noticed in the original post that it is not recommended to do this on the truck. Just curious why? If you were able to mask everything off really well, wouldn't that work? Perhaps tough to get good even coverage when painting...
trust me...you cant mask off enough

how do i know? because i tried
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Is it nessesary to paint the back also? And does the color make a big difference as in flat black or gloss?
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Is it nessesary to paint the back also? And does the color make a big difference as in flat black or gloss?
I didn't. I got the gloss. I was worried I wasn't going to like it but it turned out great.
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Thanks for the write up. This is going to be one of the first things I do to the truck. Painted the stock steelies flat black to see if I'd like it before I get new ones. Since I can't do all the expensive mods yet this is cheap one that will have a noticable difference. I'm going to go with the flat black to match the rims.
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Fantastic write up. I like the touch it adds to your truck.
Definitely going to do this mod.

My Silver Tacoma is going to look pimp and I bet it will be
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Took my decals off tonight... I'll be painting tomorrow... thanks for the write up... I'll be sure to post pics when I finish.
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Another good mod that even a woman can do!
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This is my first DIY thread so I hope this is helpful to everyone...

DE-BADGING:

To debadge the taco you need a few things...

Fishing Line I used 6 lbs. test
Blow Dryer
Goo-Gone
Windex

1. I cut the line into about 3 ft lengths.

2. I heated up a section of the badge. I kept heating the spot till when I touched the metal I couldn't keep my finger on the door for more than a few seconds without discomfort.

3. Take the cut line and run it along the back of the badge. I used a sawing motion which helped out a lot. When the fishing line broke I knew that I had reached a section of the badge that needed to be heated up.

Then just repeat step 2 and 3 till the badge comes off.

Then with the goo gone spray the stuff left over that is stuck to the door. Using your finger nail scratch the stuff off. Then spray the goo gone again and using a rag and elbow grease get the residue off.

Finally I just used windex and sprayed the area instead of waxing the area like some people do.


To paint the taco badges...
DON'T TRY AND PAINT THEM WITH THEM ON THE TRUCK!!!!!! IT DOES NOT WORK!!!!!

That being said you need to first debadge the vehicle and get these materials...

The first can is adhesion promoter. It makes a chemical reaction with the plastic badges so that the paint will have an easier time sticking to the surface. I did 2 coats of that waiting about 2 minutes between the coats. (Basically just follow the instructions on the back on how to use it)

The second can is Krylon Fusion paint for plastic. This can is black but it comes in tons of colors. I did about 3-4 coats of this. Waiting about 2 minutes between coats. (Basically just follow the instructions on the back on how to use it)

The third is Goo-Gone which is what I talked about in the debadging section but you don't use it for painting.



The procedure for painting is...

1. Remove badges and wash them. I just put them in a bucket of water with car wash in it.

2. Spray adhesion promoter. (2-3 coats) Wait 5 minute before next step

3. Spray paint the badges. (3-4 coats) Wait 15-20 minutes before touching and rebadging.
Thanks for a good write-up. I debadged my tailgate of the dealership emblem in the manner you described. Worked like a charm.
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very nice write up...Im gonna try and do this next weekend!
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