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Looking to replace your OEM badges with Broken K's or other badges? Here is a simple DIY in 8 simple steps!

What you'll need:

-3M Adhesive Remover (goo gone)
-Dental Tape (or floss)
-Hair Dryer or Heat Gun
-Microfiber Towel
-Polishing Compound
-Wax

Step 1:
Wash the areas around the badges you want to remove; if the car needs a wash this is a good time to wash the car.

Step 2:
Heat up badge with hair dryer, test the amount of heat you are putting on the paint with your hand, you do not want to over heat the paint. If are removing lettering or numbering work on one character at a time. Heat for ten to fifteen seconds checking the heat the entire time.

Step 3:
Spray 3M adhesive remover on badge, hold a cloth below the badge to keep the adhesive remover from dripping.

Step 4:
Heat again for another five to ten seconds, again checking the heat.

Step 5:
Using the dental tape start to cut the badges off. Pull the dental tape away from the car so that it is rubbing on the badge and not the car. If there is much resistance to the dental floss cutting the adhesive reheat and reapply 3M adhesive remover. Having a friend hold the badge helps so they do not go flying off.

Step 6:
With the badge off you now have to deal with the leftover adhesive. Carefully try to peel off the corner, if there is much resistance, reapply heat and 3M adhesive remover. Slowly peel the adhesive off; be careful not to scratch the paint when removing adhesive.

Step 7:
With the badge off you now have to deal with the leftover adhesive. Carefully try to peel off the corner, if there is much resistance, reapply heat and 3M adhesive remover (goo gone) Slowly peel the adhesive off; be careful not to scratch the paint when removing adhesive.

Step 8:
Stand back and admire your work!!

Feel free to polish/wax the area after completed.
 

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Awesome thanks for that

I ended up buying these - 2014+ Forte Cerato Koup *NEW* LODEN "METAL SKIN" Carbon K FULL SET Grill/Trunk/Steering/ Caps Emblem Badge Set 7pc - Korean Auto Imports

Reckon they will be ok?

They are the ones that just stick on the top of the OEM badges
Yup. those will work fine. I didn't purchase those, my OEM badges had to come off for mine to go on. Which, i wouldn't have put the Broken K's on top of my badges anyways, i think they look a little bulky. but thats just my opinion. But, if yours are made to go over top, then go for it! It's all about what you like, of course.
 

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Yup. those will work fine. I didn't purchase those, my OEM badges had to come off for mine to go on. Which, i wouldn't have put the Broken K's on top of my badges anyways, i think they look a little bulky. but thats just my opinion. But, if yours are made to go over top, then go for it! It's all about what you like, of course.
Very true :)

I'm just scared to mess with any original stuff at the moment in case of water leakage etc

I'm pretty new to all of this hehe

Also, why broken k badges? Are they because people don't like the KIA logo or is it an international logo used in Korea or other parts of the world?

They kind of remind me of the Lexus logos
 

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Very true :)

I'm just scared to mess with any original stuff at the moment in case of water leakage etc

I'm pretty new to all of this hehe

Also, why broken k badges? Are they because people don't like the KIA logo or is it an international logo used in Korea or other parts of the world?

They kind of remind me of the Lexus logos
Well i'm sure people do it for different reasons. (they do remind me of the Lexus logos too haha)
The Broken K is actually similar to one of the first logo's that kia used. It was just a K, but the broken K is more modern looking now. I don't favor the original KIA symbol personally either. I've seen the Broken K's on cars before i even knew what they were and they always made me think "what kind of car is that??"

It throws people off sometimes, haha.

I had my car parked up front at Starbucks a couple weeks ago, a couple came out and walked around my car and had a very questioning look on their face. The woman asked the man, what kind of car it was. They went to the back to look and he just said "i don't know". lol
 

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Well I got my Lowden Broken K Stick on badges yesterday, so I stuck them on this morning.

I've gotta say I'm so impressed - everything looks flush on top of the OEM badges. That way if I ever sell (god forbid haha!) this Koup I can always take these ones off and it'll have the same OEM Kia badges.

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A note to anyone about to do this, if you use fishing line like I did, take it easy with the front badge when removing it. The panel it sits on is plastic. I cut a little into it when I was doing mine because I didn't realise til afterward.
 

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@Redturbo Just so you know steps 6 and 7 are the same except for the "(GooGone)" in 7.

@Jazza Those do look good!
 

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Well, i noticed today that my back emblem is messed up. I didn't take a pic, not sure why because instantly i thought of how i was going to tell everyone on the forum how pissed i am. lol. I'm not sure what happened...but its chipped, not small chips, but BIG chips. Maybe the car wash? I don't really wash my car by hand, i go through the automated car wash because i'm lazy lol. But my front emblem looks perfectly fine.... So i have no clue. I can't find the seller that i bought them from. I don't think they come with a warranty. So i''m pretty much screwed and going to have to buy a front emblem... :/ can anyone give me suggestions? Where did you get yours from (a link if possible) and how are they holding up?
 

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Nice write up.
Thanks.

A question though.
Is there any difference between badges across all models (coupe/sedan/hatchback)?

Some list as sedan, some as coupe... confusing.
 
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