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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Emblem Removal

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

Heat gun or hair dryer, razor blade, dental floss, Goo-Gone, car wax

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W210 (1996-03)

Hot Tip:

Use a mild rubbing compound to polish the paint work.

Performance Gain:

Look cool.

Complementary Modification:

Replace trunk star emblem

A quick custom touch you can add to your Mercedes is to delete the model emblems on the back of the rear trunk. Deleting the emblem can give a sleeker look on the rear of your car. Typically, this is a simple job that should take no more than 30 minutes and a few simple tools.

One thing to consider before removing the emblem is the overall condition of the paintwork. Keep in mind that the portions of paint covered by the emblems will be a slightly different color as the paint underneath has not been exposed to the elements. If the paint around the elements is dirty or oxidized, you will plainly see the outlines of the emblems through the paint. You'll probably have to do a little polishing of the surrounding area to blend the paintwork and make the outlines less visible.

Begin by cleaning the area around the emblem with some soap and water. This removes any dirt that might get embedded into the paintwork when we polish it later on. The emblems on the rear of the trunk lid are held in place by a foam adhesive backing. This method allows Mercedes to place a number of different emblems on the lid, depending on what model the car is. In order to remove the emblems, you'll need to remove the adhesive backing without damaging the paint.

The easiest way to remove the adhesive is to heat it up to the point where you can carefully peel the emblems off by using either dental floss or a small pick. Use a heavy duty hair-dryer or a heat gun to do this. Keep in mind that a heat gun can get hot enough to actually burn the paint, so don't keep it pointed at the same spot on the trunk lid for too long, keep it moving until the emblems can be peeled off.

When the emblems come off, there will probably be a fair amount of the foam adhesive still attached to the car. If so, you can use a razor blade to carefully scrape the foam adhesive off. Take care when doing this as it's very easy to nick or gouge the paintwork. The idea here is to get the foam off, not the glue. Once you have removed enough of the foam, use a solvent like Goo-Gone to remove the clear adhesive left over.

Once all the glue is removed, you'll probably notice that you can still see the outline of the emblems through the paintwork. Now you'll need to carefully polish the surrounding paint to "blend" the area in. Once the paint has been blended in, wax the area.

Here is the stock â€Å
Figure 1

Here is the stock "E 320" emblem on the back of our project car. These types of emblems have an adhesive backing that holds the letters to the trunk lid.

The easiest way to remove the emblem is to heat up the letters using a heat gun or a hair dryer.
Figure 2

The easiest way to remove the emblem is to heat up the letters using a heat gun or a hair dryer. This will heat up the adhesive behind to a point where you can remove the letters with some dental floss or carefully with a small pick. If you use a heat gun, be careful not to leave the heat gun in one spot for too long as it can permanently damage the paintwork on the car.

Once you remove the letters, there will probably be some leftover foam adhesive backing still stuck to the trunk lid as shown here.
Figure 3

Once you remove the letters, there will probably be some leftover foam adhesive backing still stuck to the trunk lid as shown here.

After all the letters have been peeled off, scrape the majority of the foam adhesive off with a razor blade.
Figure 4

After all the letters have been peeled off, scrape the majority of the foam adhesive off with a razor blade. Take care when doing this, as you can easily scratch the paintwork. You just want to get the larger pieces of foam adhesive off the car. Once the foam adhesive is removed, use a cleaner such as Goo-Gone to remove the remaining glue on the trunk lid.

Shown here is the finished result after polishing the paint a bit.
Figure 5

Shown here is the finished result after polishing the paint a bit.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Tim Comments: What is the part number to use to order replace the
SLK 320 emblem 7 adhesive for a 2001 SLK320? And where can I see a picture of it. How much $ ?
Thank you for your help.
Tim
August 4, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: See here:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/supertech/catalog.cgi?action=frameset&return-url=/cgi-bin/supertech/catalog.cgi%3Faction%3Dframeback%26page%3D649&catalog-url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pelicanparts.com%2Fcatalog%2FSuperCat%2F3806%2FMBZ_3806_MISCLL_pg7.htm %3Futm_source%3DSuperTech%23item27





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Midwest Comments: Instead of using a razor blade, an old credit card or licence card works very well, while drastically reducing the risk of leaving a deep scratch in the paint.
May 15, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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