How to Attach an Emblem


For automotive enthusiasts, emblems can be a badge of honor, providing a way to show off a car’s brand, engine type or special feature. Emblems may also go on a boat, motorcycle or any object that you want to show off. Most emblems are made of metal or plastic and some companies make customized emblems where you can display anything from your name to a logo you’ve designed. Attaching the emblems to an object is a simple task.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Soft cloth
  • Masking tape
  • Urethane glue
  • Clean the location on the car or object where you wish to display the emblem. Make sure the area is free of any dirt, residue or buildup of any kind. Wipe it down with rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth. Dry the area after cleaning.

  • Use masking tape to mark a straight line directly below where the emblem will go.

  • Prepare the back of the emblem with the adhesive of your choice. Remove the paper backing to expose the adhesive if your emblem comes with preapplied tape. Apply a layer of urethane glue to the back of an emblem that doesn’t come with adhesive.

  • Press the emblem onto the surface of the car or object, using the masking-tape line as a guide. Allow 24 hours for the glue to set before handling the area or driving the car. Remove the masking tape by carefully peeling it away.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you’re attaching an emblem on a car or other vehicle that’s kept outside, check the weather on the day of installation to make sure the next 24 hours will be free of rain.

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