i have an 05' hatch (not garage kept) i wanna remove my side molding and my 2.3 badges do you think the paint underneath will match or will it be a noticeable difference? any advice would be appreciated, thanks
i have a 07 galaxy gray sedan. pulled off the molding with no problem. Same color underneath. but the car was like a month old when i did it. It MAY be different for you since your car is an older model, and the paint underneath the molding hasn't had the same environmental exposure as your overall car paint. but hey, try it and if you don't like it, you can always put it back. And good thinking, always remove your 2.3 badge when you remove the side moldings.
I know, this thread is worthles without pics. maybe tomorrow, i dont know.
i also removed the pinstripes. I didn't even need a blow dryer or similar as others said.
I did my moldings on a really hot day about a week ago. No problem. Probly didn't even need the floss but it helped get things started. I then realized that I wanted to do my 2.3 emblems as well, and decided to go at it after work on a cooler day.
I broke out a heat gun (hairdryer will work) and had to run the floss all the way through beneath them, but it wasn't too hard. I stuck the emblems back on beneath my side signal indicators.
After reading these and are related posts I took them off yesterday. I look the way it looks, simple and clean. I want to remove the 3 on the hatch, does anyone know it this is pegged like the "MAZDA" and the flying M badge?
BTW I used floss and some heat from a hairdryer and it took about 15 mins to remove all the moulding and the 2.3 badges. I wanted to leave the 2.3 badges but they looked out of place by themselves (as mentioned in one of the other threads).
Yea, the 2.3 looks out of place in it's original location without the molding. I thought about putting it on the trunk opposite the "Mazda 3" badge, but after taking a quick look I didn't like it there either. I finally settled on beneath the turn signal marker. i really like it there, and I was determined keep it. I just stuck it back on using the original adhesive. I hope they don't fall off in the future.
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