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Help/advice needed, 1st post. Want to remove 2009 CLC 180 badge from back of boot.

Hi All.... my first post although its my second Mercedes...

Just bought a 59 plate (Sept 2009) CLC 180 Kompressor used..

I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to remove some of the the rear lettering from my boot it says "CLC 180" in plastic letters and I would prefer the 180 not to be there so that I am in "stealth mode" as it were... (ts the bottom of the range 180 Kompressor on a 59 plate.. I still preferred it after going to see the new style B class and not being impressed).

The letters are all seperate but I dont know what holds them on, if there are pins through the boot i will leave them as I dont want to have holes in the boot but if they are jsut stick on could anyone tell me how to get them off without damaging anything please...

I have tried dental floss hoping to kind of cut through any glue but there doesnt soom to be any glue I can see and the floss slips behind easily then stops... something is holding them on firmly...

Perhaps someone who has done it before or who works in parts could tell me for sure if they are "stick on" or "pin through" badges or whatever term they use these days and whether I can safely remove the 180 and perhaps even the CLC letters and just leave the "Kompressor" on the other side...
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What's to lose with a hair dryer, then dental floss with a back and forth motion?
I'm reasonably sure those are just stick-ons with double-sided tape that could be replaced.

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+1 on the hairdryer tip. You can even work one letter at a time to keep it warm, then use the floss to slide as close to the paint as possible. If you can get an edge up, warm with the dryer in the new opening and continue to work it loose with your hand or a trim removal tool (plastic). It will come off eventually, and either cleanly or most likely will leave some black rubbery residue, you can again heat this and very slowly use your fingers to "roll" it off like you would rubber cement. Sometimes using something with a strong adhesive like Gorilla brand tape will help remove it too, but the adding of heat is what makes it easier. As a final step use Goo-Gone to remove any slight residue, let it soak for 5-mins or so then wipe clean, it's citrus based so won't harm your paint.

If you have a dark car and it's older and sits in bright sunlight, you may see ghosting where the paint has faded around the lettering but not under it but it's usually not noticeable unless you are looking for it.

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