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Today I set about wrapping the chrome surround on the front VW badge. I was also going to wrap the chrome strip on the grill, but after some consideration I've decided not to as I like the way it ties in and goes through the lights.

I will however, be wrapping the lower chrome strip that's on the front bumper. Hopefully I'll get around to this next weekend and I'll be taking the front bumper off to do so. I'll update this topic or make a new one on how to do that too for those who are interested.

 

There are guides out there explaining how to take the front grill apart but I didn't find them very informative and thought I could do a better job myself, so here we go:

 

What you need

  • 2 flat head screwdrivers. A small driver and a slightly larger one. Doesn't need to be a specific size as long as you have one that is bigger than the other. Below is the 2 I used.

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  • T20 and T25 torx bits.

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How to remove and separate the grill

  • First step is to remove the front grill. This is easy and literally takes 30 seconds. Remove the T25 torx screw on the top corner of each side of the grill. These are the only 2 screws holding the grill onto the car.

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  • Once you have removed these 2 screws, gently pull the top of the grill towards you. It doesn't take much force and the grill comes away from body. You can then lift it upwards and off the car. As easy as that the grill is now off the car.

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  • Now comes separating the parts of the grill and removing the badge off the front. Before you start anything, take the 4 old cards you have and cut them up into 6 pieces, You'll need 24 pieces in total. Flip the grill over and place each piece in between every clip on the rear of the grill. I used the smaller of the two screwdrivers to gently open the clip so I could slide the piece of card in between. Do this for all 24 clips.

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  • Take your T20 torx bit and remove this screw off the rear of the grill. This allows the R badge to come off, Once the screw is out the R badge should just fall out into your hand.

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  • Now all 24 clips have a piece of card in between them and the R badge is removed you can start to separate the top half of the grill. Take the bigger screwdriver and carefully place it flat in between the edge of the 2 pieces you're trying to separate. Then twist it 90 degrees. Go all around the edge of the grill doing this every few inches and the 2 pieces of the grill should start to come apart. Don't force it just do it a bit at a time, if you try to force it you will mark the plastic. Not that it matters as its on the rear of the grill, but why damage it when there is no need.

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  • Due to all the clips having the cards in between them the grill comes apart fairly easily. It should now look like this.

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  • You can now get hold of the outer part of the grill and pull the 2 pieces apart. Again don't be too heavy handed just work your way from each edge into the centre and it should come apart easily enough.

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  • Now its time to take the VW badge off. This is the hardest part of the separation, be patient and don't try to force it as its the last thing you want to be leaving marks on. Take 3 pieces of card and put them in between the 3 large clips on the back of the badge. Again using the small screw driver to prise the clips open just enough to slide the card in.

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  • From the picture above you can see the small silver clips all around the rear of the badge. Please be careful as these are not very strong and can snap very easily. I apologize I forgot to take a picture of this step. Using the small screwdriver, from the front of the grill place it around the very edge in between the VW badge and the chrome surround and VERY GENTLY try to prise it away, at the same time use the other screw driver and push on these small clips from behind the badge. Doing this at the same time allows the VW emblem to come away from the black background. Don't prise on it too hard, if you feel too much resistance stop and move on to a different bit. The emblem and chrome surround can be easily marked with the screwdriver so its important you take your time. This is also where I used the plastic iphone pry tool. I used it to put in between the VW badge and the black background to lift the badge off.

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  • That's the hardest part over with. The chrome surround comes off easily, the 3 pieces of card should still be in each of the 3 clips and just push it off from the rear.

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  • I decided not to wrap the chrome strips so I left these on the grill. But if you want to remove them to wrap them just use more pieces of card, again to put in between these clips as shown below. And pull/push them off.

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How to wrap the chrome surround

I apologize for the lack of pictures for this part as I was concentrating on getting the wrap bubble and crease free. Its also quite hard to wrap, hold the hairdryer and take photos at the same time lol. Whether it was fluke or not I successfully wrapped the surround first try without any bubbles or creases. This is the method I used.

 

HEAT IS YOUR BEST FRIEND WHILE DOING THIS. CONSTANTLY KEEP HEATING THE WRAP AS IT REMOVES THE CREASES AND ALLOWS YOU TO STRETCH IT TIGHT AND SMOOTHLY OVER THE PART YOU ARE WRAPPING.

 

  • Lay the chrome surround on the wrap and cut out a piece about this size.

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  • Peel back the film and lay the surround face down on the sticky side of the wrap.
  • Using the hairdryer heat the wrap up from the front and working slowly from the top of the emblem around, pull the wrap tight over the surround. The reason I worked from the top was because it has the biggest area to cover and by the time you get around to the bottom of the surround you have a lot of creased excess wrap to worth with. Because the bottom only has a very small area to be covered its easier to do this bit last. It'll look like this during but be patient it will come together.

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  • As I've said above constantly keep applying heat to the wrap with the hairdryer as it makes it so much easier. When it looks like the picture above and you have the face and the biggest chrome parts wrapped you can start to cut away the excess. Don't worry about getting in between the gaps of the chrome bits that bit is done last. Using the crafts knife or stanley blade cut off the big bits off excess so you're left with this. Don't cut too close yet just get rid of the big bits hanging over.

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  • On the front inside of the surround use the knife/blade and cut closely to the rim of the surround. Leave 2-3mm so you can tuck it over the edge but cut enough off so the really small clip holes can be seen. Like the picture above. Go around the front of it with the hairdryer and fold it over the lip and stick it down.
  • Now flip the emblem over and go around trimming off all the excess on the rear and going in between the shape of the chrome surround. Leaving roughly 5mm all the way around so you can tuck it over and stick it to the back. Make sure you use the hairdryer again as it will really help with it folding over the edges and sticking to the rear of the surround ensuring it doesn't lift off. You're kind of vacuuming it on.

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  • Once you're happy its all covered and stuck around the edges you can go around the rear and tidy it up with the crafts knife/blade so theres not too much excess there, allowing it to clip back onto the grill properly. It should look like this.

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Re assembling the grill is easy. Start by putting the surround back on first, then the VW badge and then the big half of the grill followed by the R badge. It all clips back together nicely and takes 60 seconds to re assemble.

 

Finished product and a few before and after shots. Hopefully this will help anyone wanting to do this as in my opinion it looks much, much better. Should have come like this from the factory.

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Before:

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After:

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Excellent right up there thankyou for taking the time to document and compile it for us. Definatly something im looking to do at some point, i have the wrap already as theres some left overs from doing the bottom chrome strip


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54 minutes ago, Lee63 said:

Well this thread inspired me that much i only went and done it this aft/evening emoji106.png well happy thanks again evans. 446deb711c0cb682fc37995a1366f537.jpg
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Haha glad to see it! Looks so much better. Looks like you’ve done a cracking job too 👍🏼. 

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Thanks, Im actually quite impressed with myself too ha ha
I Have a good mate who is a vehicle graphics (wrapping) and sign fitter so have half an idea how to do it and if i failed, well he would have done it for me ha ha. He was actually very impressed too when i sent a pic


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19 hours ago, Lee63 said:

Thanks, Im actually quite impressed with myself too ha ha
I Have a good mate who is a vehicle graphics (wrapping) and sign fitter so have half an idea how to do it and if i failed, well he would have done it for me ha ha. He was actually very impressed too when i sent a pic emoji6.png


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Can't beat the self satisfaction of doing something yourself. :)

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So today I removed the front bumper to try and get off the lower chrome strip. Now I am not one to give up easy or admit defeat but they beat me. What a complete pain in the arse! 

Took the bumper off easily enough but the chrome trim didnt want to come off. Couldn’t get to all of the clips but tried the ones I could but they just didnt want to budge. 

You would need to remove most of the trim parts of the bumper to gain proper access to the clips for the chrome trim, and then they are still not easy to unclip. The air intakes would need to come off and the front lower grill. Something I didn’t fancy doing just to get these chrome parts off so I’m going to wrap them on the car like everyone else does. I’ll make a guide on how to do that if anyone wants to see it? 

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went to do this this morning and managed to un-clip both sides of the grill with the 24 bits of plastic but had issues on the centre around the badge just wouldn't budge and feared snapping something so gave up lol 
I quit first time too for fear of breaking it and went gloss black on the 2 strips and fitted a black badge but wanted the central round bit black too. Second time I managed to get it off. Had to prise it on bottom corner then it came off.


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On 10/21/2017 at 16:45, baz2011uk said:

went to do this this morning and managed to un-clip both sides of the grill with the 24 bits of plastic but had issues on the centre around the badge just wouldn't budge and feared snapping something so gave up lol 

 

You couldn't separate the grill into 2 pieces or you couldn't remove the chrome surround from the badge?

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You couldn't separate the grill into 2 pieces or you couldn't remove the chrome surround from the badge?
I could not separate the grills didn't get to removing the chrome part as fear of snapping the gloss grill I have both side apart but the middle part around the chrome would not budge

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