Part II: Re-Badging
- Krylon Fusion Gloss Black
- Krylon Fusion Clear
- Duplicolor Adhesion Promoter
- 3M 1/2" Double Sided Trim/Mold Tape
- 3M Scuff Pad
- 3M 1000 Grit Sand Paper
- Xacto Knife with #11 Blades (not pictured)
- Dawn Dish Soap (not pictured)
- Scotch Blue Painter's Tape (not pictured)
- Rubbing Alcohol
My first step in re-badging was to use the 3M scuff pad to create small scratches on the chrome badges. Any areas that were hard to reach or did not scuff well I followed up with the 3M sand paper. This scuffing and sanding is to help make the adhesive promoter stick better. I also took this time to remove the factory adhesive tape still left on the back of the badges. I could not find a way to help remove this easier, you will just have to use your finger nails to scrape the remaining adhesive off.
My next step after scuffing was to soak the badges in a bit of Dawn dish soap and warm/hot water, this helped to removed and dirt, grease, and residue from sanding. It also helped, sort of, to loosen any of the adhesive you could not get off the back of the badges in the first pass.
After letting the badges soak for about 30 minutes I removed them from the soapy water and rinsed them in cold tap water and then dried thoroughly.
Once the badges were dry I took them back to the garage and laid them out on a piece of cardboard. I then sprayed 2 thin coats of the Duplicolor Adhesion Promoter onto the badges. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE CAN!!!
Once the adhesion promoter was applied I then applied about 4 thin coats of the Krylon Fusion Gloss Black to the badges waiting 5 - 10 minutes between coats. NO NOT SPRAY HEAVY COATS OR IT WILL TURN OUT HORRIBLE!!! AGAIN FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE CAN!!!
I let the gloss black dry for about 45 minutes or so and then continued by applying the Fusion Clear coat. I sprayed about 3 or 4 coats waiting 1 minute between coats. FOLLOW THE CAN INSTRUCTIONS!!
I then let everything dry for about 24 hours.
After letting the badges dry I proceeded to prep them for the 3M double sided tape. The first thing I did was apply blue painters tape to prevent any scratching or scuffing of the newly painted badges. I then cut off two lengths of the 1/2" 3M double sided tape and applied them to the back of the badges length wise (if you measure the Tacoma, SR5, V6 badges the letters are 1" high).
Once applied I proceeded by using an Xacto knife to trim the excess tape. In the end the tape exactly covered the letters. I took my time so not to slice into the badges with the Xacto. It's time consuming, but I think worth it in the end.
The final step was to apply the badges back onto the truck. I first prepped the area by using Windex to remove any dirt or wax. I then took measurements (mileage will vary) to my liking and applied blue painter's tape to help me line up the badges.
After getting the badges looking the way I wanted I did one final wipe down with rubbing alcohol. I then applied the badges making sure to press firmly and evening so they bonded good to the truck.
This concludes the second portion of my of my how to on how to de-badge and re-badge a Tacoma. Feel free to leave me any feedback!