For many of us die-hard Honda fans, rebadging your Honda is a rite-of-passage mod. Whether your vehicle is JDM-spec or not, you can add a JDM Honda emblem on both the front and rear of your vehicle.
A JDM emblem for 2002-2005 Honda Civic Type-Rs
Debadging and then rebadging your Honda is a tricky process. Doing it incorrectly can result in cosmetic damage like gouged paint or a crooked appearance. Below, we walk you through 7 steps for debadging and rebadging your Honda.
Using a hair dryer or a heater gun on the lowest setting, heat up the emblem until the adhesive behind it softens up a bit. Caution: To avoid peeling paint, be sure to go lightly, heat gradually, and don't hold it there too long.
Grab some waxed dental floss and then gently floss through the adhesive until the emblem comes off.
At this point, the emblem is off but there may still be some residue left. Remove it with a solution that’s safe to use on car paint like Goo Gone Automotive Spray Gel.
It’s likely that some of the wax was stripped off when you removed the residue from the body. Wipe the spot clean with soap and water, and then dry it. If you somehow damaged the paint, use a microfiber cloth to rub polishing compound over the damage to “buff out” the damage a little bit. Remove the compound with another dry microfiber cloth. Next, apply the wax. If you have a buffer, buff out any imperfections. If you don’t have a buffer, use a microfiber cloth to wipe away the wax in circular motions.
NOTE: Skip this step if you're 're-badging." If you're just debadging, never mind.
If your goal was to debadge your Honda, then you’re done! Looking to rebadge your Honda? Take the following steps:
Grab a level and painter’s tape. Create a straight line with the level and then use the painter’s tape to mark where you want the bottom of the emblem to be.
First, make sure the back of the emblem is clean. Grab some adhesive (we recommend the 3M Plastic Emblem and Trim Adhesive) and then apply it to the back of the emblem.
NOTE: Most replacement emblems are sold with adhesive.
Keep the emblem level using the painter’s tape as a guide. Hold it in place for several minutes until the adhesive binds to the surface of the car. Peel off the painter’s tape and clean the area around the emblem.
A brand new emblem always improves the appearance of a car!
That’s all! We’d love to see pictures of your new emblem, so head over to our Facebook page and share them with us!