Cleaning and Polishing
These tips apply to the Plastic Insert emblem and the Enameled emblem, whether or not they are purchased from us.
The plastic or enameled emblem can be washed safely with the same mild detergents that are recommended for the car's finish. Both of these types of emblems have smooth top surfaces that can be easily cleaned. Dirt and wax buildup can collect in the bezel or edges which have grooves or other designs. A soft toothbrush, or Q-tip can be used to finish cleaning around the emblem.
Plastic insert emblems that are dull or mildly scratched can be polished to a high luster with a fine metal or plastic polish.
Enameled emblems are glass and plated metal, so use caution with any polishes. If the plating is becoming thin, polish may remove what little is left.
Both types of emblems can and should be waxed using a non-cleaning, non-polishing type of automotive wax. For the plastic emblem, this will seal in the natural plastic oils that when lost cause cracking and crazing. For the enameled emblem, the wax will protect the plated finish, including gold finishes.
Both types of emblems should be installed in the same way they were originally.
The enameled emblem may sometimes be glued on instead of using the original solder method, rivets, or press fits. When gluing this type of emblem we recommend 100% RTV silicone rubber that comes in tubes. It is sold in auto parts stores and hardware stores. We recommend the Permatex brand. This will give the emblem a bit of cushioning from vehicle shocks, seals the backside from moisture, and holds very well.
This same glue is good for the plastic insert as well. It will seal the backside, which has the painted coatings, from drying out and eventually flaking off, plus it is safe on the plastic and metal of the car. Once cured it is very rubbery and difficult to remove, so wipe off any excess before it has cured. On the plastic insert emblem, this glue will hold so well, that it may be necessary to break the emblem to remove it again.
When a plastic insert emblem is glued into its bezel, removing it can be difficult. We don't recommend prying it out with sharp objects. One customer sent us this tip: Thanks to Mr. Furry, of Forsyth, IL.
"O.K., I finally got that emblem off its housing. What finally worked best was boiling it in a styrofoam cup in the microwave for three successive boil-cool cycles, cooling only back to room temp. This is sent to you for future advice to customers, as the freeze technique did not seem to work well on my emblem. The emblem shows no more crazing than it did prior to the boil treatment, leading me to conclude(perhaps falsely, as this is only a one-time experience) that it is reasonably safe. I will call soon regarding a run of these, the shipping, time lines etc. Thank you for providing this valued service."