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Old 02-12-2015, 11:05 AM   #1
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Emblem Removal

Can anyone tell me how to safely remove the "Safari" emblem from the front of my '65 trailer. I have tried gently prying with a thin metal blade with no luck and fear of breaking it if I pry any harder. Cannot tell if there are metal studs on the backside holding it on or just super strong adhesive. Obviously I would like to remove, sandblast, repaint and re-apply when I am done with the polish if possible.

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Old 02-12-2015, 12:17 PM   #2
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My guess is there are metal studs which are glued in on the inside of the skin with mastic. You might try a heat gun.

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Old 02-12-2015, 12:38 PM   #3
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There are metal studs that go thru the aluminum and they have clips on the back so you aren't going to be able to pry it off. Can you remove the inside aluminum to get at the back? That would be the best way....

Failing that I suppose you could use a thin sharp metal blade to slide behind break off the posts, then reattach the emblem later with 3m tape. Might be hard to do without breaking the emblem though. If you can't get at the back I would hand polish around it and leave it alone .
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Old 02-12-2015, 02:15 PM   #4
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Removing Emblems

While the specific emblem may be held on with studs, a product called PRO-SOLV Adhesive Remover, Part # 10058-PS removes almost all glues, adhesives, and is available from Performance Specialties, Winston-Salem, NC 336-760-0225. I do not think they are on the Internet.

I have used this on almost everything without adverse consequences, and it is safe on Acrylic and Lucite finishes. Removes glue nothing else will touch.
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Old 02-12-2015, 02:38 PM   #5
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You may need to pull your lower interior panel. My '69 Safari has studs with bolts and the Serial number plate below it is buck riveted, not sure about your year though. Hopefully someone with your year will chime in. I would suspect you should be able to slide some tape in behind though to protect the body and paint it in place.
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Hey JJ

While I am by no means experienced in 1960's era AS's, I would listen to reinergirl first, or anyone else with obviously more experience.

What I will say is this: A good way to confirm her statement is to get yourself some 6-10lb fishing line and carefully slide it in behind the emblem. Pulling up and down on the line will easily cut thru any adhesive that may be back there. If you are starting to get somehwere and it stops, well, its gotta be a stud.

I "de-badged" the Chevy emblems on my tailgate using this method, and it works very well, with no scratches/scuff marks from the line.
Just pull up & down in a straight manner. I wish you luck!
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