4Runner Blackout Emblem Kit

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Press-on Emblem Kit for SR5, TRD Off-Road & Limited

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How to blackout the emblems on your SR5, Limited, or Off-Road 4Runner

This is the quickest, easiest mod you will ever do. The blackout emblem kit is available for SR5, TRD Off-Road, Limited and the Trail Edition 4Runner.

There are hundreds of white vehicles on the road with blacked out everything these days. But it’s pretty hard not to do it. It looks pretty good. White on black has to be my favorite color combination in a vehicle. Many will say that the white on black combination is played out but I still think it looks the best.

SR5

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  • (2) SR5
  • Front logo
  • Rear logo
  • Rear 4RUNNER

Limited

TRD Off-Road

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Plasti-dip (Plasti Dip® – PLASTI DIP®) Vs. Press On Blackout Emblems

You can plasti-dip your stock emblems or just buy a set of these press-on alloy ABS thermoform plastic overlays. If you go the route of plasti-dip, you will have to mask off the area around your emblems with newspaper and then apply multiple layers of plasti-dip until you are satisfied with the coatings.

This is not hard by any means but buying a set of press-on emblems is easier.

Emblems are Easier

Many will disagree with this one, but I do not want to sit around peeling plasti-dip off and risk scratching something. But that’s just me. Decide for yourself what you want to do.

If you have to remove each and every emblem, you run a greater risk of scratching your paint, stretching out an emblem or prying off and damaging your emblems.

Most of these kits are laser cut, CNC trimmed in CAD programs so you are sure to get the exact OEM look and fit. Also, these emblems are made with 3M double sided tape so you can be sure they will hold.

Wait, what is Thermoforming?

Thermoforming is a manufacturing process where a plastic sheet is heated to a pliable forming temperature, formed to a specific shape in a mold, and trimmed to create a usable product. With that being said, every product on the market can always be better.

  • Do they work? Yes
  • Are they actual OEM quality? No
  • Would I buy them again? All Day
  • Do they look great? Yeah, they look pretty sweet

Step #1 – Cleaning Surface

This whole process is about as basic as it gets. Start by cleaning the surface with some water and a little bit of soap. In this bottle is 70% water/ 30% soap.

You really don’t even need to clean it with anything if you don’t want, but better safe than sorry.

4Runner Blackout Emblem Kit - Cleaning Surface

Step #2 – Wiping Down Dust & Debris

After you spray down your emblems, wipe everything down. I also took a q-tip and cleaned in between and on the edges of the emblem. I probably went a little overboard but I have a type A personality.

Everything in my word is tidy and spotless. Until children came, then I started to relax.

4Runner Blackout Emblem Kit - Wiping Down Debris

Step #3 – Peel Back Sticky Adhesive

After everything is ready, apply the adhesive 3M double sided tape emblems. There is a little corner on each of the emblems that you peel off. It is pretty basic.

Just peel and press on. That’s really it.

4Runner Blackout Emblem Kit - Peel Back Sticky Adhesive

Step #4 – Press on Emblems

When pressing down each emblem, make sure to press on every center and edge. This especially goes for the big blacked out Toyota logos on the front and back. It felt like there was a bunch of dead space that was not connecting until I pressed down on every square inch of the emblem.

4Runner Blackout Emblem Kit - Press On

Step #5 – The “N” Vs. The “U”

The only other item to note is the U vs. N. They look like the exact same so just keep that in mind. Do not try to force the letter N on the U or vice-versa. You will have a bad time!

4Runner Blackout Emblem Kit - The N Vs. The U

There you go, Pretty Simple!

Again, this is a very simple little addition.

Cheers!

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  • Justin
    Reply

    Do you sell a black out kit for 2014 4runner premium trail edition?

    • Bgreene
      Reply

      Justin,

      I don’t believe that Nox-Lux has made a blackout emblem kit for the Trail Edition Premium (TEP) 4Runner, and likely because they don’t need to. We have a 2014 Trail Edition 4Runner and just bought the SR5 Kit. It is the exact same kit except for the Trail Edition 4Runner doesn’t have any “Trail” emblems, so the SR5 kit will work just fine for blacking out the front Toyota logo and the rear 4Runner emblems. You will just toss the “SR5” emblems as you will not need them. That emblem kit can be found here.

      There are some places where you can get custom “Trail” emblems but I personally like the look without any emblems on the side of the 4Runner. If you are looking for the link to buy the “Trail” emblem, you can find them here on shapeways.com.

  • Jordon
    Reply

    Would you recommend heating up the adhesive 3M tape before sticking it?

    Cheers,
    Jordon

    • Brenan - Trail4R
      Reply

      Heating up the adhesive 3M tape before sticking it might actually damage the tape. If you are looking to remove the emblems, then maybe heating them up would be a good idea. I would not apply heat before putting them on. Just make sure the area is clean and dry before sticking them emblems on.

  • CD Ruggles
    Reply

    Wondering how the emblems are holding up…
    Have you noticed if they have faded over time, falling off, or have materials/liquid get caught in the small gaps under the symbols/letters? How has the 3M tape held up to car washes and weather?
    I have been wanting to do this to my vehicle, do you recommended using any additional sealant (super glue, silicon, clear gorilla glue, etc) to seal the edges of the emblems. I am concerned that liquid will get underneath the emblem and damage the emblem or my vehicle. Any lessons learned or helpful tips would be great. Thanks.

    • Brenan - Trail4R
      Reply

      CD,
      No need for anything extra and they have held up great. No fading as of yet, no pealing, nothing has fallen off in extreme weather or in the car wash. The emblems are a solid little addition.

  • Shelley
    Reply

    I have a white 2018 TRD Off Road 4Runner and would like to black out my emblems. Any suggestions on where I can find them? I don’t want to take any risks by removing the factory emblems to plasti-dip.
    But, I really want those emblems blacked out…
    Shelley

  • Clay
    Reply

    I’m considering these vs. Plastidip. Do you really have to remove the emblems to Plastidip? I see lots of youtube videos where they spray and peel while leaving the emblems right on the vehicle.

    • Brenan - Trail4R
      Reply

      No, you don’t need to remove the letters in order to plasti-dip. I will update the post.

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