Vinyl Decal Removal / Car Emblem Removal


Vinyl decals come in all shapes and sizes. They are put on trailers, trucks, vans, and more to advertise for small businesses, and much much more! Here are some example of some vinyl decals/car emblems below:

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Why Do Vinyl Decals/Car Emblems Need To Be Removed?


This is probably obvious, but over time vinyl decals begin to degrade just like everything else. While they look great in the beginning, after years of weathering, and the sun's UV rays, they begin to look really really ugly. To help illustrate what happens, you can imagine a woman's fingernails after she has a manicure, and they are painted. Her nails look fantastic for a few days, maybe even a few weeks, but when they start to chip and peel... they don't have the same appeal. This is the same thing that happens to vinyl decals and stickers on car paint and windows. While they last much longer than a few days and weeks, they will inevitably begin to peel, chip, and make a nice car look very ugly, and it is at that time when they need to be removed.


Removing car emblems is a little different from vinyl decals simply because the reason behind removing them is different. While stickers need to be removed because they degrade, customers like car emblems removed because they simply do not like the visual appeal. Car manufacturing companies overload their cars with emblems these days because they want to make sure that EVERYONE knows the car is a Toyota, or Honda, or Tesla, and more or less "get their name out there," as if it isn't already. Car emblems do not have to be removed, and it will not hurt to keep them on, but here are a few reasons why one would want to remove them:

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1. The visual aspect: It can be a little obnoxious driving around your new, slick Toyota Tacoma with the exact paint color that you wanted, and 5 emblems attached to the paint in different areas. Do we really need "TACOMA" spelled out on each side of the truck, AND on the back?

2. Protecting the paint: As a car collects surface dirt, contaminants, and just gets dirty, that dirt collects more and more around the car emblem, and as you drive, that dirt will get rubbed against the paint ever so slightly around the emblems, and over time that may result in the paint getting rubbed raw around the emblem area. Of course this is also dependent on how well you keep up with the exterior condition of your car. 

3. Remove them soon: If you do decide to remove some or all of the emblems on your car, you should do it sooner rather than later. This is simply because of the reason described above. The longer you wait, you risk putting micro scratches in your paint around, and underneath the car emblem. Also, because the paint underneath the emblem is protected and covered, while the paint around the rest of the car is exposed to the outside world, car emblems can leave an outline if left on the paint for too long. While the outside paint begins to weather and fade, the underlying protected paint stays bright and lustrous, and removing it may result in a bit of a contrast between where the emblem used to be, and the rest of the paint. This can be fixed with some simple polishing, but will result in a small up charge. 


Trying to lay out every conceivable removal and replacement debadging job would be impossible due to the numerous factors that will ultimately determine the cost.

With that said, despite all these many nuances of debadging cars and trucks, every car/truck owner is different and have unique requests. Which means that ultimately, every job will be unique in actual cost to have done what you want done.

So with that said, I will make some broad generalizations so you at least have some context as to what to expect.

Virtually every job has fallen between $80-$350.00. (perhaps your unique situation will fall on either side of those numbers; there is always a first) I realize this is a massive spread in cost, but there is a massive spread in the countless jobs I have done along with the countless requests of the individual car/truck owners.