: Debadged and pinstripe removed on the ATS



stone150
08-15-13, 08:49 PM
Before
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After
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clutch750
08-15-13, 09:04 PM
looks great! how hard was it to de badge? Going to be leasing any way of putting them back on?

Neuroleptic
08-15-13, 10:12 PM
I get the pin stripe removal, but why take off the badge? Love that color btw.

Hoosier Daddy
08-15-13, 11:05 PM
why take off the badge?
There isn't anything artistic about the letters. The wreath and crest have some beauty. But alphabet soup? Nothing wrong with keeping them if you like them but I completely understand why some wouldn't.

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looks great! how hard was it to de badge? Going to be leasing any way of putting them back on?
They are fairly easy to remove. They are just "glued" on. Take some fishing line and pull it thru behind the letters. Then clean up the glue with a paint safe solvent. You could glue them back on later but it would be tricky to get them aligned exactly the same as from the factory. I haven't leased since '93 but ask around to see if anyone would have a problem if they were gone.

ben.gators
08-16-13, 07:27 AM
Congratulations on the new car!

I think you bought the ATS from Sewell of Dallas, right? They seemed to be very good people. I almost bought a CTS-V1 from them!

stone150
08-16-13, 09:31 AM
Actually got it through my "car guy" from Sewell of Houston, But taking it in for service has been the best experience I have had
I've never cared for lettering on cars, makes them harder to wash and wax, plus I don't need people knowing what I am driving. They are just held on with double sided tape, I take a small screwdriver, and slowly pry on the lettering. Sometime you can do it with just your fingers. Just make sure to not touch the paint with anything hard.
I'm actually leasing the car too, but my car guy said they probably wouldn't notice, if they did, just hold onto the letters. Which I have
Ive done the same thing on my truck, just went a bit further
Before
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After
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Hoosier Daddy
08-16-13, 09:38 AM
Be carefull with prying. If you pull up too hard on one end it will dent the sheetmetal at the opposite end of the piece. And sheetmetal is getting thinner and thinner to save weight.

stone150
08-16-13, 10:21 AM
Be carefull with prying. If you pull up too hard on one end it will dent the sheetmetal at the opposite end of the piece. And sheetmetal is getting thinner and thinner to save weight.

definitely, You have to go slow and gentle, I find prying a bit and just leave constant pressure on one area, it causes the tape to release in that area then the rest follows, Once that happens you can use your fingers

Hoosier Daddy
08-16-13, 11:38 AM
definitely, You have to go slow and gentle, I find prying a bit and just leave constant pressure on one area, it causes the tape to release in that area then the rest follows, Once that happens you can use your fingers
Or use fishing line to cut/saw thru the tape/glue and not pull on the badge at all.

TheCaptain
08-16-13, 12:56 PM
Very nice! It looks much better without the striping, and looks sleek with no badging!

Clavery
08-16-13, 02:00 PM
Most of the time the emblems (or lack thereof) wont even be noticed at lease turn in.

AirBusPilot
08-19-13, 10:10 PM
Is the stripe painted on?

ontogenesis
08-20-13, 02:27 PM
Negative, the pin stripe is a dealer applied option, it's just a decal/sticker and peels off pretty easily without leaving much if any residue...but you'd be wise to detail afterward anyway.

greezychef
09-16-13, 11:06 PM
^ill be doing this this weekend. mine is black with a silver pin stripe. it must go. how hard is it to get started? have de-badged countless vehicles, never done a stripe though.

terrific
09-22-13, 01:51 AM
Im in the Dallas area as well, where is that curvy road in the forest? Hard to find curvy roads around here.

db_outlaw
09-22-13, 12:11 PM
I hate pinstripes so much that I had my dealer remove mine when I purchased it. As far as the badges, I'm bought some replacement badges that I am going to try and paint with "black chrome" to match the front and rear black chrome pieces I also ordered. Might pry the wreath of and just leave the Cadillac shield. I'm also going to cover the chrome window trim with black vinyl.

Nite_Hawk
09-28-13, 02:08 AM
Use a heat gun, or a hair dryer, fishing line, and little bit of time. Then your golden.