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3rd Party Trader ///M Badge Refurb Kit

Discussion in 'For Sale Section' started by Aceman, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Aceman

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    Here we have for sale an ///M badge refurbishment kit designed for DIY renewal of the vinyl decal on the S50 ///M badge found on each of the side gills and also on the rear boot badge. One of the problems with the original badges is that over the years the printed original decal becomes a victim of the ravages of UV sunlight resulting in the colours fading badly especially the red stripe as can be seen here in the following picture;



    Many people have attempted to rejuvenate their badges using coloured tape to varying degrees of success but it is very difficult to obtain the sort of finish that is acceptable for such a calibre of car.

    I have put together a kit consisting of;

    1. ///M stripe decals
    2. Safety razor blade to aid removal of existing old decal
    3. Alcohol wipes to clean off the residue and degrease the badge ready for application of new decal



    The decals themselves are precision cut by computer to precise dimensions and are of UV resistant high quality grade exterior vinyl colour matched to the original badge colours.

    This kit allows easy DIY refurbishment of existing ///M badges without removing the badges from the car itself. Using a little care and patience the badges will be restored to better than new condition as can be seen in the following picture;



    Detailed installation instructions are in the first few posts below which will guide you through the fitment helping you achieve professional results.

    I am offering these kits for sale at the following prices;

    £12 - UK Delivery

    £14- International delivery

    Available for purchase in the ZRoadster shop by clicking on the following link;

    ///M Badge Refurb Kit

    Kits available for both S50 and S54 badges as there is a slight variation in size. Please message me if you require S54 badges otherwise I will assume S50 kit is required as this is the most popular.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me via PM or email: aceman@zroadster.org if you have any queries.
     

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    Installation guide part 1 - Removing the original decal.

    OK first things first let's talk about safety !

    In the kit is a safety razor blade that is extremely sharp and will cut you without you realising if you misuse it. The blade comes protected in a cardboard sleeve which must be removed very carefully before use. When using the blade always keep you fingers behind the blade just in case you accidentally slip.

    You have been warned, keep safe !


    Ok safety talk out of the way let's get on with the job in hand.

    1. If you are doing this with the badges on the car (which is by far the best way) the first thing that has to be done is to protect the surrounding bodywork with some masking tape just so you don't accidentally scratch the surrounding area.

    2. A little tip at this point is to warm the badge up using a hairdryer which will soften the original adhesive making it easier to remove. Next is to remove the old decal from the badge. Starting on one of the badges using the razor blade, gently slide the blade behind the original decal keeping the blade as parallel to the surface as possible whilst gently pushing the blade forward and rocking it slightly from side to side.




    As you progressively remove the old decal it will probably break off. If this happens just start the process off again on another edge until the entire decal is removed.




    Eventually once the entire decal has been removed you will be left with the following picture of adhesive residue left on the badge.




    3. With the old decal removed it is time to clean the residue off the badge. I found the best method was to apply a very small drop of Cif cleaner onto a soft cloth and gently rub using a finger on the badge until the residue is removed. You will find once it starts to come away it comes off very quickly and the gentle abrasive in the Cif cleaner polishes the badge to a gleam at the same time.

    4. Using one of the alcohol wipes contained in the kit thoroughly wipe the badge down and immediatly wipe afterwards with a clean tissue to remove the alcohol residue, this will ensure any silicones left on the badge will be removed allowing the new decal to gain maximum adhesion. Here is what you should be left with ready for application of the new decal.
     

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    Installation guide part 2 - New decal applicaion

    (Tip: Using a hairdryer, warm the badge again as the vinyl decal prefers adhering to surfaces above 10 degrees Celsius, particularly important if applying the decal in winter when ambient temperatures are low)

    5. The new decals come applied to a paper backing with a clear application film applied over the top. Gently peel away the paper backing leaving the the decal attached to the front clear application film then carefully offer up the decal to the now clean badge and align the top edge with the top edge of the badge and also making sure the right hand point is positioned correctly (Tip: angle the decal slightly out on the bottom edge so the initial contact of the decal to the badge is only on the very top edge). Once you are happy with the alignment let the decal gently lay flat against the badge under its own weight that way if you are slightly out of alignment you should be able to pull the decall back off the badge and start again. Once completely satisfied you can rub your finger over the decal applying gentle pressure to activate the adhesive and produce a permant bond to the badge.

    6. Gently pull the edge of the clear application film leaving the decal adhered to the badge, do this in a nice, even, slow, continuous motion ensuring you don't pull the decal off the badge. Once the application film is removed gently rub the decal with a soft cloth to ensure it is perfectly adhered to the badge. The decal adhesive will take 24 hours to fully bond to the badge so please do not wash the car before then.

    7. Stand back and admire your handy work. Repeat on the other two badges.

    8. Have a cuppa or a couple of pints. :beer
     

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    New product brought to you courtesy of Aceman. :-bd
     
  5. badman gee

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    very good.

    I like the look of the badge without any tape applied, just the chrome!
     
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    Must admit I thought the same when I was doing it. :D
     
  7. badman gee

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    id use that sticky stuff remover on the residue.

    its excellent non scratch stuff.

    :)
     
  8. Boysie

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    Well done that man
    A saving of several pounds
    I had mine mine replaced some time back by Munich legends whilst in their hands
    Cant remember exact cost £65? it was for all three the badges
    :-bd :-bd
     
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    Very good idea.. Had mine done last year by offyourmarks made the badges look new again ;)
     
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    Thanks Ray, Yes it is quite a good saving when compared to the cost of replacing the entire badge especially all three as you say.
     
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    I would love one, only trouble is I aint got an 'M' :(
     
  12. badman gee

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    :(

    Get one then :coolsteer)
     
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    Are you selling? ;;)
     
  14. badman gee

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    i can't, it would break my heart :D
     
  15. Jamezee

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    Right answer, good man :-bd
     
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    I am at Silverstone this weekend if anybody requires a kit just ask around and you will be sure to find me or message me and I will pick it up.
     
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    Would you happen to have these in the german colours?
     
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    @Lee really you should have these on the car.....;)

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    I just like to be slightly different, Not massivly but just enough to catch the eye.

    P.S cant see that image it blurs when i zoom.
     
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