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Hi All,

I recently picked up an 04 SL500 with 39K miles. Love the car - always dealer serviced but no warranty. That has me worried about the ABC, gas tank clanging and other SL troubles I’ve been reading about. Sure glad I found this forum.

What is the best way to de-badge the “V8 Kompressor” of this SL500? The prior owner liked the look of the badge, but I would rather not advertise a non-existent engine…

Anyone have experience in such a removal? Isn’t it just double sided tape? Would I damage the finish?

Thanks in advance for any help!

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Hi All,

I recently picked up an 04 SL500 with 39K miles. Love the car - always dealer serviced but no warranty. That has me worried about the ABC, gas tank clanging and other SL troubles I’ve been reading about. Sure glad I found this forum.

What is the best way to de-badge the “V8 Kompressor” of this SL500? The prior owner liked the look of the badge, but I would rather not advertise a non-existent engine…

Anyone have experience in such a removal? Isn’t it just double sided tape? Would I damage the finish?

Thanks in advance for any help!

I would apply wide masking tape(the green stuff) around the badge, then VERY carefully use a STEWMAC.COM : Offset Disassembly Knife to gently cut between the badge and the metal bodywork. Take your time and you should get the badge off with no damage to the finish. I use this tool on vintage guitars to remove parts without damage to the finish(which is softer than the paint on your beautiful car) Then I would apply a bit of lighter fluid or Goo Gone and use a fingernail to pick away the remaining double sided tape.
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I would apply wide masking tape(the green stuff) around the badge, then VERY carefully use a STEWMAC.COM : Offset Disassembly Knife to gently cut between the badge and the metal bodywork. Take your time and you should get the badge off with no damage to the finish. I use this tool on vintage guitars to remove parts without damage to the finish(which is softer than the paint on your beautiful car) Then I would apply a bit of lighter fluid or Goo Gone and use a fingernail to pick away the remaining double sided tape.
Thanks for the tip!
Where do you buy green masking tape? I'm in Los Angeles. Can you buy it online?
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Thanks for the tip!
Where do you buy green masking tape? I'm in Los Angeles. Can you buy it online?
Any hardware store will have the green tape; painters use it because it has low adhesion/residue. The tape is to protect the paint while you get busy with the tools.
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