So I got the applique off. It was a lot harder than I thought. Had to remove all the interior lift gate pieces ..one big one and one smaller one. Then had to remove the side pieces on the lift gate that have the sensors in them. Also had to remove a smaller plastic piece that covers the latch. There are at least six threaded studs holding it on along with two or four snap in retainers. Its on there real good. Anyway, got it done and only broke four of the interior retainers in the applique itself. Was able to super glue all but one back in and it seems to be holding as tight as original. Attaching some pics of it during the process and the final look ...at least for now!