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Console Badge Mod 1794

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by TundraCoast, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Dec 6, 2018 at 4:17 PM
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    TundraCoast

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    Finished this project last night. The shinny chrome 1794 badge has been bugging me for a while, still on my journey to de-chroming the interior.

    Let me know what you think?

    Before (chrome cupholder surround has since been blacked out)
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    After
    IMG_4358.jpg
     
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  2. Dec 6, 2018 at 4:21 PM
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    SR5TRDTUNDRA

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    Looks way better imo!! :thumbsup:
     
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    Looks very tempting. How did you do it?
     
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    been thinking of doing this myself but want to know what you did as well???
     
  5. Dec 6, 2018 at 7:45 PM
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    The 1794 badge is held on with 3m tape, used a plastic pry tool to gently lift it. Once off I heated the back and removed all the old adhesive tape. On the front side, I cleaned it with denatured alcohol - few times. Then, take a toothpick and petroleum jelly, carefully cover all the copper lettering, make sure to put a thin coat on all the copper letters and stars. Paint with the color of your choice, I used Rustoleum "satin black". Several light coats. Once the paint is fully cured and dry, take a Q-tip and toothpick and wipe over the copper letters. The paint will come right off due to the coat pj. Take your time and work through the nooks and crannies.
     
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    Thanks for letting us know how you did it. Maybe this weekend I will see how bad I can screw this up ... lol.
     
  7. Dec 6, 2018 at 8:53 PM
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    Here is one more thing that will help, the 1794 badge is not rigid like hard plastic. It's a plastic shell over a flexible foam core. When you are prying it up from the center console, be gentle, go slow with a thin tool (I used a fine flat head with the tip wrapped in painters tape to start then a small pry tool). It will come up with light pressure but if you force it, the badge will buckle. Lay it on a soft towel face down, heat the back side and scrape off the old foam tape adhesive.

    The tooth pick with petroleum jelly is easy, the more detailed you are covering the copper letters the easier it will come off once the paint is dry.

    IMG_4355.jpg

    Once the paint was dry and I was happy with the copper letters, I applied 3m tape to the backside and trimmed tight with an exact--o knife, cleaned the console and set in place.
     
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  8. Dec 6, 2018 at 9:41 PM
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    idahowiseguy

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    Your mods look good. Makes me wonder if I should just peel off the center console badge and trash it............ I plasti dipped my cup holder trim, IMO that was the biggest improvement for all of us as it removed a huge amount of glare. Please keep us updated on how and what you do next to eliminate the chrome in your rig.
     
  9. Dec 7, 2018 at 11:14 AM
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    I agree, the glare was a motivating factor, the ascetics was second. I would have probably removed the badge on the center console altogether however, there are a couple of slots and holes where the badge is placed.
     

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