Ok so ive been requested to write this up a couple of times and ive been lazy and not done it but I decided to now so here it is.
Ok well to get the emblem out I looked around on the threads and found this post
Quote, originally posted by feuerdog » The front emblem -
Stick your fingers into the emblem, and turn to the left about a 1/8 turn.
Wiggle down while pulling to undo the tabs that hold it in the grill.
To seperate the chrome emblem itself from its holder you will have to CAREFULLY pry them apart. I worked each little one way tab out one at a time around the outer edge first, then the center ones.
If you are careful then the tabs will work at least a few times.
You do not need to remove the grill to take the front emblem out.
After you get the emblem out, itl look something like this
After I got it out I used my 320 grit sand paper and sanded it down pretty good, until it seemed like I wasn’t getting anymore chrome off of the emblem, it looks like this
Now feuerdog says that you can carefully pry them apart but to be honest, I couldn’t do it to save my life, so I just broke all the outer ones off and saved the middle ones.
After that, I went to my local car shop (autozone maybe?) and bought my paint and sand paper, I got 320 grit and 1000 grit sandpaper. I also got gloves, imo the gloves are very important! Because your finger oils don’t get on the emblem and because paint doesn’t get on ur fingers!!!
then before painting I used the 1000 grit sandpaper and made it really nice and smooth, then I used rubbing alcohol to make sure it was very clean and let it dry while I made my painting stand that was 3 screws in a block of wood that looked like this…
ok, then I used primer, I sprayed it on in 3 coats, kinda light coats, the first one covered about 60% of the entire thing with paint, then wait 15 mins between each application, after your last application, let sit for 30 mins before adding black paint. After primer is added, it will look like this…
finally, after 30+ mins, I used the 1000 grit sand paper and lightly went over the primer to make it smooth. Then I added the black paint. I did 5 or 6 light coats, nothing heavy with a nice sweeping spray to cover the whole area and inside. I let each application sit for about 20 mins before adding another coat. I let the final coat dry for 1 day
Now for the plastic inside of the emblem, I sanded it a little with the 320 grit and made it smooth with the 1000 grit, it was hard to get in the cracks so just do your best. I put blue painters tape over the part where the now black VW emblem was. then I just directly applied the red paint as best I could to the inside of the plastic, about 3 or 4 coats did it. I let final coat dry for a day.
After I was all done I used some emblem glue(or calking glue), which I also bought at the local car shop and put it around the outside of the plastic piece where I broke the tabs off.
Then I snapped the middle tabs in and pushed the rest down firmly and applied pressure.
I let the entire thing sit to allow the paint to set for 3 to 4 days actually, yeah I felt dumb with no emblem but it was worth letting the paint dry! All and all it worked great, but a rock hit and chipped it and now I have to do it over, doh!
Sorry I didn’t take more pics of the black part or the red plastic part…
Heres some finished project pics
if you have any questions, feel free to pm me, or instant message me on aim at Labatt Blue35, yeah with a space between labatt and blue but not blue and 35 lol
also u can find these pics in my pics link in my signature under the file called "emblem mod pics"
hope this helps some people out!
Modified by gee tea eye V at 1:16 AM 7-6-2006
Modified by gee tea eye V at 6:55 PM 7-6-2006