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I've never done it to the Element or any other car, but apparently, you can use a hair dryer to soften the adhesive, then use dental floss to cut through the foam tape holding on the emblems. Then you just use the hair dryer to remove the residue. Make sure you wax those areas after you're through!
 

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I removed both from the tailgate and it really looks clean and confuses the hell out of following drivers. I also thought it added to the stealth look of my black E. They are held on with a high strength double sided foam tape that can be removed with strong nylon fishing line or something similar by moving the line in a sawing action between the letters and the tailgate. Be patient and work it a little at a time. The "ELEMENT" lettering is one piece so be prepared. The remaining tape can usually be rolled up with your finger then use some "Goo Gone" to remove any leftover adhesive. :wink: A little wax and you're done. I usually do it because it's a pain in the rear to wax around the letters. I have never tried heat but it would probably take more than a hair dryer to soften it enough to pull off.
 

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Thanks guys. I'm gonna see if my dealer would agree to do this for me. ( they are gonna want me to pay for it, of course)
 

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Everyone says to use a hair dryer, but hey if you did it without a hairdryer, it must work. Plus, people steal the H emblems off the back of hondas all the time, i bet they don't carry a hairdryer with them.

I'm gonna try it, and put my own emblems on it.

HEY UTAHREX!

So did the H-emblem leave holes in the tailgate? If so, how did you patch it?
 

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It is held with the same tape as the lettering. Comes off easy, but be careful. :wink:
I doubt if your dealer will touch it, by the way.
 

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Thats awesome!!! All the other Hondas have that two post thing in their emblem that fastens it to the trunk. No need to fill it in, simply awesome.

You're right. No way would a Honda dealer take off their emblem, its advertising for Honda.
 

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I left the "Element" because I like the name and the style of the letters. The huge "H" was just too "in your face" for me so it had to go.

I used a hair dryer and steady pulling with my fingers - no tools or fishing line. Once the adhesive warmed up enough it released its grip and the H slowly peeled away.

(I saved it so if I trade the E someday, some salesman isn't going to tell me that my trade-in is worth $1000 less because of the missing H.)

e-j
 

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I would be very careful if you don't plan on using fishing line or dental floss to seperate the adhesive from the paint. If you aren't careful or rush the process of just heating and pulling, you can leave a dent in the surface under the emblem. The hatch is weak in that particular area, so be darn sure you know what you are doing.

Hair drier and fishing line is the safest method. Clean up with soft cloth and 'Goo Gone' and buff out with some wax...

Now we need someone to make a grille insert so we can lose the front emblem.
 
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