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How to Remove and Replace Badges and Emblems

Don’t worry! It’s not difficult at all. If you’d like to remove the standard KIA badges and replace them with the high-end luxury badges that they get in South Korea, you basically need to use fishing line or dental floss to separate the 3M double sided tape from between the vehicle paint and badge itself. From there, the badge(s) should be ready to fall off. Any remaining double sided tape can be removed with WD40, bug and tar remover or products like Goo Gone.

Need help? Try the emblem removal and installation preparation kit! CLICK HERE.

To install new badges or overlays, make sure the surface where you’re applying the new badge has been thoroughly cleaned with alcohol. Dealerships, car washes, etc - often use lubricant-based cleaners that'll prevent emblems from sticking. There's no reason for any of the pieces we sell not to stick well. They all use the same automotive grade 3M double sided tape that the OEM emblems use - and they never fall off. Do they?

Next, peel the paper away from the double sided tape on the new badge – and place it where it’s supposed to go. Once applied, apply pressure for 45-60 seconds (for metal skin overlays other than the wheel caps, keep pressure mostly at the edges). At that point it'll stay installed until if/when you decide to remove it. There’s no reason for an automobile emblem to ever loosen if installed properly. 

When applying your steering wheel emblem overlay, you'll probably want to disconnect the fuse for the horn - but don't forget to reconnect it afterwards. If your overlay came with a packet of adhesion promoter, use it - it can only help...

Here are a few helpful links (some with how to videos) for the Kia Stinger:

If your metal skin overlay comes with a gasket (oval shaped) or if your wheel center cap overlays come with gaskets (round shaped), you'll want to apply that/those gaskets before placing the metal skin piece onto your vehicle. 

As always, clean the surface where you're applying the gasket thoroughly to remove any wax or lubricant-based cleaner residue - as nothing will stick unless you do. Then, peel one side of the gasket and place it over the KIA logo. Then peel the other side of the gasket exposing the sticky 3M tape - and then peel/apply the metal skin overlay onto the surface of the sticky gasket. 

For the Kia Telluride, here’s a link with a little information on how to safely remove that front grille emblem:

If you have ANY questions at all about the process, please ask right there in each discussion. Somebody will be there quickly to assist you…

Here's a video from one of our customers installation emblems on their 2021 Kia Seltos: