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18 September 2010 @ 07:58 pm
GTI Debadging  
I have a somewhat irrational dislike of the front GTI badge on my, well, GTI. I've never liked it, and I've always thought it looked a bit goofy.

First, here's what it looked like with the badge on, just being all badgey and the like.

So, a few days ago, I took out the grill, and popped off the badge. It's a huge pain in the butt, because the badge is held in by three fragile plastic clips that push against each other. I managed to get it off without damaging the badge, which appears to be a pretty rare feat.

See! My GTI - with no grill!

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of it with the grill in, at this stage. Here's what it looks like on another car. You can see that there is some tacky looking plastic backing that held the badge in place.

But, not to fear. I brought my car over to the inestimable phoenixredux's place, and he Dremeled away the extra plastic bits.

I think it looks much tidier now. There are some minor scuffs in the honeycomb, so I may pick up some matte black acrylic paint to smooth it out, unless anybody has any ideas on an even better method for that? Even so, I'm greatly pleased with the improved appearance of the GTI. When viewed from any significant distance, it makes the car look 1000x better.
underwhelm: pretty.underwhelm on September 19th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
At the start, I thought you were going to remove the VW. Maybe you could replace it with one of these:

Soylent Meansoylentmean on September 19th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that definitely would have looked weird without the iconic VW badge. Rest assured, there are plenty of places that do sell replacement VW badges, and I'd be surprised if you couldn't get a Thundercat one.

In this case, the VW badge is part of the front grill, and that front grill runs over $150 on its own. It's one expensive piece of plastic!
Torvald Fnordawiczphoenixredux on September 20th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
And here's a pic I took with my cell phone of the job in progress.

You can see where I dremeled out the first section, and two sections yet to go. I think this is the point where I stopped for coffee and pastries. :)