Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, USA
Is paint needed on this C-pilar before attaching a new badge?
Can any of you advise me on whether I should paint the badge section of my GTV C-pilar before affixing a new badge to it?
And if so, what type of paint you would recommend for this?
(Photos attached at end of post)
I removed a gold clover badge from the C pillar of my GTV 2000 so I could put a model-correct serpent badge in its place. I used a plastic auto trim removal tour to pry off the badge. The adhesive under the badge was so strong that it pulled a section of paint off the body. Fortunately, it only damaged an area of paint that will be hidden from view by the new badge.
I want to make sure that this area of the body will not be at risk of rust from any moisture that seeps behind the new badge. Part of the area with paint loss appears to be safely covered in gray primary, but there is an area where even the gray primers came off that is brown. While I donít think that brown area is body panel raw metal, Iím not sure what it is, so I canít tell if the panel has sufficient protection.
Any advice about whether itís safe to leave this as is, or it needs a primer and/or finish coat of paint for protection before attaching the new badge would be much appreciated.
Question #2: Adhesive for new badge
Finally, if anyone has advice for the best adhesive to use to attach the new badge so it holds to the car, but doesnít rip off paint if I have to replace it again in the future, I would welcome your suggestions. At the moment, Iím debating between these products:
ó 3M Super Strength Molding Tape for autos (3M product# 03614)
ó 3M Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive (3M product# 08008)
Iíve attached photos that show the following:
ó My C-pilar after removing badge, showing the area where the paint was pulled off. Iím guessing that the two gray areas are layers of primer, but I donít know what the brown area at top center is.
ó Back side of the gold clover badge I removed, showing the paint that was pulled off the body.
ó Back of new silver serpent badge I will put on the C-pilar. It has a flat back, with a thin raised lip at the edge. Itís not one of the badges with a recessed area in the middle.
* * * * * Alfa Romeo 1974 GTV 2000 * * * * *
(BMW 2001 E46 M3 | MINI Cooper 2006 R50)