It doesn't affect your car's performance, but it can impress those who see it. That's what an emblem can do! In the automotive world, the emblem can significantly affect many onlookers' perception of your vehicle. A car emblem epitomizes the automaker's principles and symbolizes the brand's mark of quality. You definitely want to show that off, right? So to show your pride in your vehicle, keep the emblem in perfect shape. Nowadays, you can even opt to customize your vehicle's emblem. Should you wish to replace your vehicle's stock emblem, Carparts offers the best replacement emblems for various vehicle makes and models. Whether you prefer enamel or a plastic insert emblem, we can give it to you. What are you waiting for? Browse through our catalogs and choose what's best for your vehicle.
• Available in various sizes, colors, and styles
• Installs in a matter of minutes
• Made to be more durable than your vehicle's stock emblem
Emblem Buyer's Guide
- The car emblem is a mark that signifies which manufacturer a car is from. It can be a hood ornament or a flat attachment that’s mounted on the hood and trunk of a car.
- Since there are various ways an emblem is affixed to a car, there is no universal way of removal. Refer to the vehicle owner’s manual for the proper removal of the emblem.
- It’s important to note the finish and material of the emblem when customizing or painting over it.
- Make sure to follow the vehicle owner’s manual or let an experienced mechanic remove the emblem, especially emblems that are fastened through holes.
- Car emblems are either made of plastic or metal, although plastic is more common since it’s less expensive.
- Some emblems could fade due to the chemical reaction between the chemicals in the soap and the color/finish.
- If you notice that the emblem is off from its original position, or if a part of it is starting to peel off/crack, it may be time to get an emblem replacement.
- Aftermarket emblems on CarParts.com may cost you anywhere between $9 and $205.
- There are multiple factors to consider when buying an emblem, such as the shade of color, size, finish, and more.
What is a Car Emblem?
The car emblem is a mark that signifies which manufacturer a car is from. It can be a hood ornament or a flat attachment that’s mounted on the hood and trunk of a car. Every brand in the automotive market has an emblem to mark the identity of their vehicles. The emblems are used to identify a car, especially rebadged models like the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ. Gear emblems are attached to a panel, either the hood or the trunk lid, with an adhesive.
Car Emblem FAQs
Shopping for an emblem replacement? Here are some frequently asked questions about aftermarket emblems you should check before buying and replacing the emblem on your car:
How Do I Remove a Car Emblem?
The difficulty of removing the emblem from its glued position may depend on what adhesive was used to attach it back at the assembly line. Since there are various ways an emblem is affixed to a car, there is no universal way of removal. For the exact removal procedure, refer to the vehicle owner’s manual.
Emblems that are held in place by double-sided tape are often removed using a thread that’s inserted in between the logo and the panel. Some may need to be washed with warm water before being removed.
How Do I Paint My Car Emblem?
There are different ways to paint the car emblem. The kind of paint, as well as the method of applying the paint, may differ based on the finish and material of the emblem. You may need to remove the emblem first before you apply the paint with the recommended paint job. Sanding and cleaning are also important steps, as you have to prep the surface to make the paint stay on the emblem after the application.
For best results, apply a couple of coats of primer and allow for it to dry. You may want to wet sand the primed emblem with 400-grit sandpaper. Let the primer dry and apply your desired color. Research on what type of paint to use for optimal results. Some prefer Plasti Dip as it can be taken off easily, while others prefer spray paint as they are more permanent.
Can the Emblem Scratch the Paint of My Car?
Removing the emblem should be done carefully as there’s a chance paint might be scraped off while removing the adhesive. Make sure to follow the vehicle owner’s manual or let an experienced mechanic remove the emblem, especially ones that are fastened through holes.
What are Emblems Made of?
Most modern emblems, especially the ones fitted on entry-level vehicles, are made of plastic. Some are painted over while some are chrome-plated. Although plastic emblems are common, there are emblems that are made of metal. These emblems are commonly seen on higher-end models.
Luxury car emblems often come in the form of a hood ornament, although this type of emblem is a dying breed. Most luxury car manufacturers are now turning to the flat, simpler emblem.
Can a Car Wash Cause the Emblem to Fade?
An improper car wash can cause degradation to the emblem in the long run. Some emblems could fade due to the chemical reaction between the chemicals in the soap and the color/finish. This is especially true for harsh soaps and waxes. You may tone down or reduce the amount of chemical-based compounds you apply on your vehicle to preserve the quality of the emblem.
The Emblem and the Badge
You may hear the terms emblem and badge being used interchangeably. However, there’s a difference between the two terms. To break the confusion, an emblem is an exclusive mark or logo representing the manufacturer of the vehicle model. Take Porsche’s Crest of Stuttgart as an example. The Crest serves as the emblem and is placed on every model that Porsche manufactures.
A badge, on the other hand, is a mark that identifies the submodel or variant, as well as the trim of a specific vehicle. In the case of Porsche vehicles, the Cayenne, 911 Turbo, and GT3 markings you see affixed anywhere on the vehicle are what you call badges.
Some of the confusion comes from the term “rebadged vehicle.” It essentially means taking one vehicle from a manufacturer and changing the emblem to make it appear as if it’s from a different manufacturer. The process is called “rebadging,” but it is actually the emblem that is replaced.
When to Replace the Emblem on Your Car
There are a few signs that will let you know if it’s time to replace the emblem on your car. If you notice that it is off from its original position, or a part of it is starting to peel off/crack, it may be the time to get an emblem replacement. Note that driving without an emblem is not a violation, so replacing it immediately is the vehicle owner’s choice. It really is all a matter of aesthetics.
Another reason for replacing the emblem is to upgrade the looks of your vehicle. Different emblem colors may mean something on select vehicle makes and models, such as the red H on the Honda Civic Type R. Installing custom car emblems to make the car look sleeker is commonly done by many car owners.
How Much are Aftermarket Car Emblems?
Aftermarket emblems on CarParts.com may cost you anywhere between $9 and $205. There are multiple factors to consider when buying a car emblem for your vehicle. First, you have to understand that there could be different tints/shades and finishes under one emblem design as there may also be multiple versions of one logo in accordance with the year of manufacturing.
Another factor to consider is the size of the emblem. Some cars are equipped with large emblems while some models from the same manufacturer feature smaller emblems. It is important that you know the dimensions of the emblem on your car when buying a replacement.
Finding the Right Fit
To make your search simpler and easier, you may indicate the year, make, and model of your vehicle in the filter tab under the search menu. This will filter out the incompatible emblems for your car and leave only emblems that will fit your specific make and model. You may also select the type of emblem you’re looking for under the Refine By section on the left, where you could choose the material, color/finish, quantity, brand, and location of installation.
Dos and Don'ts When Replacing Your Car's Emblem
An emblem is a logo that gives your vehicle distinction; a badge that's attached in front, at the back, or on the sides. Without it, a car may be considered incomplete or even lose its value. Luckily, it can be bought easily. Here are some tips you should know before you change the emblem of your car:
- Choose the emblem with the right make, model, and year. If you drive a Ford, then you should look for a Ford emblem. You have to watch out for the right year, though. Some manufacturers have already changed their logos several times. You have to determine the style of logo used on your car find the same type.
- Attach an emblem on your vehicle that will make it look like a high-end model. You can actually increase the "value" of your car with the fraction of the cost. Emblems on the same line of your car like "3.0 Sport" or alike can easily give it a notch higher.
- Look for aftermarket emblems that don't need drilling. There are emblems that come with adhesive that are very easy and fast to install.
- Select among the three types of material: plastic, aluminum, or steel. These are the best types among emblems sold in the market today. You can also choose chrome, powder-coated black, or polished finish that fit with the style you want. If you want to go further and add your personal touch, you can also paint your car emblem.
- Ready your soap and water to clean your regularly and to keep it looking brand new.
- DO NOT mix different emblems on the same car. Not only will this look bad, it will also give the wrong impression on you as the driver or owner.
- DO NOT copy or create a car manufacturer's logo and use it as a "tribute." You will risk yourself of an infringement law suit. If you really have to do it, you will need to secure permission or authorization to use the logo. The better thing to do is to look for an aftermarket emblem manufacturer that has been licensed and buy the logo from them.
- DO NOT attempt to remove the hardened glue of an emblem that you will bring to a store as a comparison using rough or sharp material. It will destroy your car's paint job. By using a rag and alcohol or a lubricant like WD-40, the stubborn glue can easily be removed.
An Easy Way to Attach Your Car's Emblem
It doesn't matter how spick-and-span your car looks; if an emblem is missing, consider your car powerless without that badge. However, you can easily replace it in a few easy steps under 20 minutes. Follow the guide below and bring back your car's recognition.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Tools you'll need:
- Car cleaner
- Screwdriver set
- Clean towel
- New emblem
Step 1: Park your vehicle on a level surface, and engage the parking brake.
Step 2: Determine where the emblem must be replaced and how it is held to the car. Some emblems require the hood or trunk be to opened. When necessary, be sure these are supported properly.
Step 3: If the emblem is held by screws, tabs or it's a part of an assembly, remove it using the screwdrivers. If the emblem is glued by an adhesive, peel it off, and clean the area.
Step 4:Take your new emblem and hold it in place before you attach the screws or peel off the cover. Make sure the emblem is in a correct, straight position.
Step 5: Attach the screws or stick the emblem with adhesive. Apply moderate pressure for about 2 minutes to ensure the adhesive bonds on the car.
Step 6: Wipe the area where you have placed your new emblem, and remove any visible adhesive.
That's how easy installing an emblem is. Check out the portion below on how to keep it sparkling.
Cleaning Tips: Keep your new emblem in good condition by using a spray lubricant and a clean cloth to wipe it. You can also use wax and a foam pad, but be careful because these can loosen the stick of the emblem. For tough dirt, use a toothbrush with wax and scrub gently. Finish by wiping it off with a clean towel. These are simple techniques you can do to maintain your emblem, and feel like a pro.