Repairers may see scenarios where an “Adhesive Templates” option may be available to reuse existing emblems, nameplates, and badges. When this option is available, typically from a 3rd party supplier, the labor and material associated to prepare the existing part for reuse is NOT INCLUDED in the emblem, nameplate, badge labor time per the estimating system. You may see this component come up as an A/M part when selecting a replacement nameplate, emblem or badge. This is typically serviced as an adhesive backing only that has been precut to mimic the original orientation to reuse the old badge, nameplate, and emblem.

Considerations to reuse an existing part can include the following:

  • Cost of replacement Template
  • Removal of adhesive from individual lettering/ nameplate
  • Applying template onto existing nameplate, badge or emblem
  • Trimming any excess material
  • Cost of any solutions, adhesion promoters, razor blades
  • Any additional repair required to component to be reused
  • Measuring, mark and align individual letters for correct spacing
  • Some OEM’s list nameplates and emblems as one time use, refer to appropriate repair manual

The estimating databases are all intended to be used as a GUIDE ONLY – it is important to remember that the auto body professional performing the repair is in a position to thoroughly inspect, diagnose and identify the methodology and their unique cost of the vehicle damage repair.

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