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    General

  • What is Badge Magic?

    Badge Magic is a “peel & stick” fabric adhesive. Badge Magic was originally created as a superior way to attach badges to Scout uniforms without sewing, and has been expanded to include Hemming Strips and Retrievers Name Labels. It is used by organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Scouts Canada, Awana, and the American Legion. Our “peel & stick” badge adhesive has been tested on a wide variety of uniform materials and is guaranteed not to fall off in the wash. Badge Magic adhesive is simple to use, and versatile, as badges can be removed when desired.

  • What else can Badge Magic adhesive be used for?

    Badge Magic can be used for hundreds of household applications. It is designed to adhere fabric to fabric, but is also useful for attaching light-weight items to many different surfaces.

  • Will my badges fall off in the wash?

    No. Badges applied with Badge Magic are guaranteed not to fall off. Badge Magic has been tested with all official Scout uniform fabrics. For best results, follow all instructions carefully. You can find the full instructions by clicking here.

  • Where is Badge Magic made?

    Badge Magic is entirely made in the USA, including all materials used to create it. Our kits are assembled by outreach programs that employ physically, vocationally, and developmentally disadvantaged workers, allowing them to become productive members of the community.



  • Ordering

  • How do I order Badge Magic from the website?

    Only Badge Magic branded kits can be purchased through our website.  Navigate to the kit you'd like to purchase by looking through our selection, located in the Products menu at the top of the page under "For Anyone".  Once you've arrived at a Badge Magic branded kit, type the quantity you'd like to purchase in the "Qty:" field, then click "ADD TO CART".  A bar will appear at the bottom of your screen to confirm that it has been added to your cart.  When you're ready to check out, click the "Cart" icon at the top right of the screen.  Make sure that you have the proper kits and quantities selected, then click "CHECKOUT". Follow the directions on the screens that follow to complete your order.

  • Why am I unable to place orders for certain products on the webpage?

    Many Badge Magic kits are made specifically for the organizations we work with and can only be purchased through those organizations due to licensing agreements. If you would like to purchase one of these kits, simply go to the page of the kit you want to purchase, and click “BUY ONLINE”. This will take you to the online store of the organization that is able to sell the kit you are interested in. Use their store to purchase the kit. For some organizations, you can also use the “LOCATE A STORE” button to find the shop nearest to you.

  • What is Badge Magic’s shipping policy?

    You can find our full shipping policy here.

  • What is Badge Magic’s payment policy?

    You can find our full payment policy here.



      • Application

      • Why should I wash my new shirt before applying Badge Magic?

        New clothing is treated with a substance called "sizing", which makes the clothing look nice in the store. Badge Magic performs better if the sizing is removed prior to application. Washing the shirt before applying Badge Magic removes the sizing. If you do forget to wash the shirt before applying Badge Magic, the badges will usually hold just fine.

      • When cutting out my own shapes, which side of the Badge Magic sheet should the badge applied to?

        Badge Magic is double sided, so it usually doesn’t matter which side you peel off. The only time this does matter is when you cut out an asymmetrical shape. For asymmetrical shapes, make sure that the shape on the side you peel off matches the profile of the front of the badge you are going to attach.

      • What happens if I iron on the badge when using Badge Magic adhesive?

        Badge Magic is a peel and stick adhesive. Ironing melts the adhesive and pushes it into the weave of the fabric, making it harder to remove later and may make badges fall off. Furthermore, when it has melted into the weave, Badge Magic may leave a visible residue and will be much more difficult to remove. Please do not use an iron to apply Badge Magic, and try to iron around badges when ironing shirts.

      • What do I do if a badge starts to lift up on the edges?

        If an edge of a badge lifts off of the fabric, it can be re-attached by cutting a little adhesive from an unused part of the adhesive sheet, peeling off the paper backing, and tucking it into the loose area of the badge. Then push the badge firmly into place. If a badge pulls completely loose, it can be re-applied with another layer of Badge Magic. For badges that are very stiff, such as Boy Scout knots; larger patches that bend on the fabric, such as council strips; or badges with points, fins, or detailed edges, it may help to throw one stitch onto the area that is lifting.

      • How do I prevent the adhesive from being outside the edge of the badge on the shirt?

        By following the instructions: after the badge has been removed from the Badge Magic sheet with the adhesive attached to the back of it, tuck any adhesive that is outside the badge edge to the underside of the badge. Do this so that the adhesive covers the entire back of the badge, but does not extend past the edge of it.

      • How should I wash my garment after badge application?

        Wait for 2-3 days after badge application before washing your garment.  Follow the washing instructions on the item’s tag. Most items call for machine washing in cool water and a warm tumble dry. A helpful tip is to make sure your garment is turned inside out prior to washing. This helps keep the badge edges from catching on things during the wash and dry cycles.

      • Does Badge Magic work on blankets?

        Yes, but it depends on the blanket. Boy Scout, Girl Scout, and Scouts Canada official blankets were tested, and Badge Magic stuck with no problems. We also have reports of others using the Cut-to-Fit Freestyle Kit to add badges to their blankets, and they were very happy with the results. One leader placed more than 100 badges on a single blanket. If you are unsure if Badge Magic will stick to your blanket, test the adhesive on an inconspicuous section before applying all of your badges. Allow it to cure for 24 hours before testing removability.

      • Does Badge Magic work on leather?

        Our products will work very well with leather. We have tested it extensively with both leather and leather substitutes and it works as well as on cloth. We have found that patches will adhere better to leather after a 24 hour curing period after application. If you would like to remove a patch attached with Badge Magic on leather, the adhesive can be safely removed with Goo Gone®.



      • Removal

      • What if I put a badge in the wrong place or want to move it to another spot?

        Badges applied with Badge Magic can be re-positioned before they are pushed into place by carefully peeling off the badge with the adhesive and re-positioning it. If the badge to be re-positioned has already been firmly pushed onto the fabric or heated in the dryer, spray the material behind the badge with the household solvent called Goo Gone®, or the original version of Goof Off® (not Goof Off® 2). Make sure the whole area of the badge is completely covered with the solvent. Wait for 3-4 minutes and slowly peel the badge from the fabric, being careful to remove as much adhesive as possible. It is possible there may be some adhesive left on the fabric. To remove this residue, use the blotting procedure described in the removal directions or in this video. The solvent will evaporate from the badge and garment in a few days, after which the badge can be re-applied with a new layer of Badge Magic adhesive. After removing the badge, place it upside down on a non-porous surface like glass or ceramic tile that the solvent will not harm. You can also lay it on the back side of the Badge Magic sheet. Let it dry for at least 24 hours before re-applying. If the adhesive feels gooey to the touch or comes off on your fingers, it is not yet time to re-apply the badge. Wait until it is sticky to the touch, but feels solid and does not come off onto your fingers when you touch it.

      • How can I remove some badges without affecting the other badges?

        To remove one or more badges, apply an adhesive remover, such as Goo Gone® or the original version of Goof Off® (not Goof Off® 2), on the garment material from the backside of the shirt in the badge area. Apply the solvent only to the badge area you wish to remove and try to keep it from spreading to other badges, but make sure to thoroughly soak the badge area. Wait for 3-4 minutes and slowly peel the badge from the fabric, being careful to remove as much adhesive as possible. If any adhesive residue remains, apply more solvent on the back of the garment and blot the residue off the shirt with a paper towel from the front. Repeat this several times until you do not see any more adhesive. If any residual adhesive is still visible, repeat the soaking and blotting process. There may be a faint ring left on the fabric caused by the solvent, but this will come out in a normal wash cycle. You can either wash and dry the garment and then apply a new badge over the area or wait for the solvent to evaporate and then apply the new badge.

      • How can I remove excess Badge Magic adhesive that sticks out from the badge edges?

        Scrape off as much residue as possible using your fingernail, nail file, or some other similar object. It may be easier to push the excess adhesive back under the badge. You can prevent this from happening by tucking the extra adhesive behind the badge before pushing it onto the garment.

      • If my badges are too close together, will I loosen them both when I try to remove one?

        This is not usually a problem. Just be careful not to pull up the wrong badge. Let all the solvent, especially any solvent that soaked into adjacent badges, evaporate before using or washing the garment again.

      • How can I remove all of the badges at one time?

        The best way to remove all badges from a garment at once is to have it dry cleaned at a cleaner that uses the perchloroethylene solvent process. Check with your dry cleaner to make sure they use the dry cleaning solvent called perchloroethylene ("perc"). Make sure to have the cleaners put the garment in a laundry bag prior to cleaning to keep the badges from getting lost. Some cleaners use a non-perc process that does not remove the Badge Magic adhesive. Some cleaners do not use enough solvent and leave a lot of Badge Magic residue in the fabric and should redo the cleaning at no charge. By dry cleaning, most if not all of the Badge Magic adhesive will be removed and both the garment and the badges will be ready to be used again! If a dark "stain" is visible, the shirt is not damaged. This indicates that some adhesive residue remains. Use Goo Gone or Goof Off as shown in the adhesive removal video to remove any visible residue. If a new badge will be put in the same place, there is no need to remove all of the adhesive.

      • Why did my badges not come off when I had my garment dry cleaned?

        Most dry cleaners (about 85%) use the traditional dry-cleaning solvent known as perchloroethylene ("perc"). This is the solvent that will dissolve Badge Magic adhesive. If they use either the "wetcleaning" or liquid carbon-dioxide methods, the Badge Magic adhesive is not affected. Ask around for a dry cleaner in your area that uses the perchloroethylene dry-cleaning solvent. We are compiling a list of regions of the country where perc is not used. If you have found that the dry cleaning technique in your area does not remove Badge Magic, please email us at support@badgemagic.com to let us know. Known areas that do not use Badge Magic compatible dry cleaning techniques: California; Evansville, IN; Atlanta, GA; Ada, OK; New Jersey (unconfirmed).

      • Can the Badge Magic adhesive residue wash off with water and detergent?

        No. The adhesive is completely resistant to water and detergent.

      • How can I remove the adhesive residue left on the fabric?

        To remove any adhesive left on the fabric, spray the household solvent called Goo Gone®, or the original version of Goof Off® (Not Goof Off® 2), onto the backside of the fabric in the badge area. Make sure to thoroughly soak the area with the solvent. Wait for 3-4 minutes and wipe the residue off the garment with a paper towel from the front side. Then re-apply the solvent to the back side and blot the excess into a paper towel held onto the front side. It helps to use an old toothbrush to scrub the stained area as the solvent soaks through into the paper towel. Repeat this several times until you do not see any more adhesive. If any residual adhesive is still visible, repeat the soaking and blotting process. In stubborn cases, use of a stronger solvent such as the original version of Goof Off® (not Goof Off® 2), may be required. There may be a faint ring left on the fabric after the solvent has dried. This will come out in a normal wash cycle. You can either wash and dry the garment and then apply a new badge over the area, or just wait for the solvent to completely evaporate and then apply the new badge. If badges have been ironed, please note that ironing melts the adhesive and can push it into and even through the weave of the fabric, making it harder to remove. Therefore, it may take extra soakings to completely dissolve the glue. Dry cleaning at a cleaner that uses the perchloroethylene cleaning solvent will also remove the residue from the fabric.

      • How can I remove the Badge Magic adhesive from my iron?

        The easiest way to remove the adhesive from an iron bottom is to use a household solvent such as WD-40®, Goo Gone®, or the original version of Goof Off® (not Goof Off® 2). Make sure the iron is cold – there’s no need to heat it! To avoid getting the solvent in the iron’s steam holes, apply the solvent onto a cloth and use it to scrub off the adhesive. For best results, use the iron’s steam feature on a disposable cloth or paper towel to remove any residual solvent.

      • Can I use other household solvents to remove items applied with Badge Magic Adhesive?

        We've only tested and therefore recommend using household solvents called Goo Gone®, or the original version of Goof Off®, (not Goof Off 2). We have had customer feedback that Dryel, an in-home use dry cleaning product, did “soften” up the adhesive for badge removal but it did not remove the adhesive from either the back side of the badge and/or shirt and therefore Goo Gone was still required for adhesive removal. If you try any solvents not listed here, email us at support@badgemagic.com and let us know your results! We appreciate your feedback.

      • Can I use badges after they have been removed with household solvents like Goo Gone®?

        Yes, the badges and garments are completely reusable. Let the solvent evaporate completely.  This may take several days.  If the original adhesive is still on the badge, you might be able to simply stick it on again after the solvent has evaporated. For the best adhesion, use a new coating of Badge Magic and push the badge firmly onto the new location following the Application process under the Badge Magic Instructions.

      • Where can I buy Goo Gone® and Goof Off®?

        Goo Gone® and Goof Off® (be sure to use the original formulas, not Goof Off® 2) are sold in many stores, including Lowe’s and Home Depot. For the location of the nearest retailer for Goof Off go to the Goof Off Website. You can also order them from Amazon.com, Drugstore.com, and Magicamerican.com as well as other online retailers.



      • Custom Designs

      • How do I order a custom kit?

        Thank you for your interest in making a custom Badge Magic adhesive kit for your organization! An adhesive kit can be made for a single patch, multiples of one patch, or a selection of different patches. The cost of making custom kits is largely dependent on the size of the adhesive sheet required, an efficient layout of the patch cutouts, and the quantity made for each order. There are significant fixed start-up costs that include making a reusable cutting die for each kit as well as set-up costs for each manufacturing run. It usually takes an order of 2000 or more kits to justify the fixed costs. Costs drop rapidly with increasing volume so runs of 5000 or more sheets become very cost effective. Custom kits are manufactured to order and most organizations find that ordering once a year works best. There will be a lead time of 60-90 days for the first order, including the design and die making time, and 30-60 days for subsequent orders, as we need to run these custom jobs together with our regular production runs to minimize your job’s costs. If a custom kit fits your needs, please send your request to custom@badgemagic.com and if possible, include the exact dimensions of the patches. The easiest way to provide the dimensions is to put the patches face down on a flatbed scanner and scan them in color at 300 dpi and attach the scan to your e-mail request. We look forward to designing a kit that will meet your organization’s needs.



      • Boy Scouts

      • Does Badge Magic adhesive work on the red acrylic Cub Scout Patch Vest?

        Yes, Badge Magic adhesive works great on the red felt acrylic patch vests! The patches will not pucker as they sometimes do when sewed on and they will not come off with washing. They can also be removed easily and cleanly with household solvents like Goo Gone®, or the original version of Goof Off®, (not Goof Off® 2).

      • Are there special instructions to apply the World Crest Emblem?

        Special instructions are only required if a felt backing is found on the back of the World Crest. World Scout Crest Emblems manufactured before 2012 had a felt backing instead of the vinyl backing found on other BSA badges. If Badge Magic is applied to the felt backing, it will stick to the felt and the felt will separate from the emblem in the washer and leave a white felt circle on the uniform. If you have a World Crest emblem with the felt backing on it, use a fingernail to pry an edge of the felt loose and completely remove the felt backing. Then apply Badge Magic adhesive normally.



      • Hemming Strips

      • What if I created a hem in the wrong length?

        Hems created with Badge Magic Hemming Strips can be re-positioned before they are pushed into place by peeling fabric apart and re-positioning it. If the hem to be re-positioned has already been pushed onto the fabric and heated in the dryer, spray the material behind the hem with the household solvent called Goo Gone®, or the original version of Goof Off®, (not Goof Off® 2). Make sure the whole area of the hem is completely covered with the solvent. Wait about 3-4 minutes and then gently peel the hem apart. It is possible there may be some adhesive left on the fabric. To remove this follow up with the blotting procedure noted in the removal directions. The solvent will evaporate from the material in a few hours, after which the hem can be created again with Badge Magic Hemming Strips.

      • Can I iron the hemming strips to seal the adhesive?

        No. Ironing can push the Badge Magic adhesive deep into the material away from where it needs to be to hold the hem, reducing its hold. It also makes it much harder to remove the adhesive from the garment later.

      • How can I remove the adhesive residue left on the fabric?

        To remove any adhesive left on the fabric, spray on the household solvent, Goo Gone®, or the original version of Goof Off®, (not Goof Off® 2) from the backside of the fabric in the hem area. Make sure to thoroughly soak the area with the solvent. Wait for 3-4 minutes and blot the residue from the garment with a paper towel from the front. Repeat this several times until you do not see any more adhesive. If any residual adhesive is still visible, repeat the soaking and blotting process. There may be a faint ring left on the fabric caused by the solvent, this will come out in a normal wash cycle. You can either wash and dry the garment and then create a new hem over the area or wait for the solvent to evaporate and then create your new hem. If the hem was ironed on using the Badge Magic adhesive it will take several blotting procedures to remove all adhesive completely. This is because ironing has caused the adhesive to be pressed into the weave of the fabric. Dry cleaning at a cleaner that uses the perchloroethylene cleaning solvent will also remove the residue from the fabric.

      • Can the Badge Magic adhesive residue wash off with water and detergent?

        No. The hemming strip adhesive resists water and detergent. Furthermore, the adhesive residue may stick to other parts of a garment, to other clothes, or even to the inside of the dryer! Make sure all residual adhesive is removed by dry cleaning the garment using PERC solvent, using the household solvent Goo Gone®, or the original version of Goof Off®, (not Goof Off 2) prior to washing the garment after removing a hem.

      • How should I wash my garment after using Badge Magic Hemming Strips?

        Wash the garment in cool water and tumble dry on warm setting. DO NOT DRY CLEAN! The bottom of the hem below the adhesive line can be ironed safely. Take care to avoid ironing the Badge Magic holding the hem in place, as it can soften the adhesive and push it through the fabric where it may become sticky and visible.

      • Will my hems come off in the wash?

        No. Hems created with Badge Magic Hemming Strips are guaranteed not to come off in the wash. To assure a long lasting bond to the fabric, wash any brand new garments prior to applying the adhesive to remove any sizing in the fabric. Make sure that the adhesive covers the complete hemline, then push the adhesive firmly in place.

      • How can I remove the whole hem at once?

        The best way to remove hems done with Badge Magic is to have the garment dry cleaned at a cleaner that uses the perchloroethylene solvent process. Check with your dry cleaner to make sure they use the dry cleaning solvent called perchloroethylene ("perc"). By dry cleaning, the Badge Magic adhesive will be removed without a trace and the garment is ready to be used again without the hem. Please note: Some cleaners use a non-perc process that does not remove the Badge Magic adhesive.

      • Why did my hem not come out when I had my garment dry cleaned?

        Most dry cleaners (about 85%) use the traditional dry-cleaning solvent known as perchloroethylene ("perc"). This is the solvent that will dissolve Badge Magic adhesive. If they use either the "wetcleaning" or liquid carbon-dioxide methods, the Badge Magic adhesive is not affected. Ask around for a dry cleaner in your area that uses the Perc dry-cleaning solvent to clean.



      • Name Labels

      • How do I use the labels on fabric?

        If the garment you are labeling is new, wash it before putting on the Name Label. (This takes the sizing out of the garment and will allow the label to stick better.) Place the garment on a flat, hard surface. Make the area where you will put the label as flat as possible. While the label is still on the sheet, write your information on the label. Then remove the label from the sheet and lightly push the label onto the garment. (By not pushing too hard, you will still be able to move the label if you need to.) When the label is in the desired spot, push VERY firmly on the label, especially around the edges. Then push VERY firmly on the fabric on the backside of the label using something hard like a wooden spoon or scissor handle, especially around the edge of the label. The label should now be like part of the garment and will not come off unless you want it too!

      • Should I iron on the labels to fabric?

        No! Badge Magic Name Labels are peel and stick labels. There is no need to iron them. Ironing melts the adhesive and pushes it into the weave of the fabric, making it harder to remove later and may make labels fall off. Therefore, please do not use an iron to apply Badge Magic and try to iron around the labels when ironing the garment.

      • How do I remove a label from fabric? Other materials and surfaces?

        Need to remove a label from a garment? Spray Goo Gone or Goof Off (not Goof Off 2) on the back side of the label area. After 3-4 minutes, slowly peel it off. Any residue can be removed by applying more solvent behind the label area and soaking it up with a paper towel on the front side. Repeat as often as necessary to remove the residue. It may take several applications of the solvent. If you see a discoloration after the solvent dries, there is still some adhesive present so repeat the solvent application until the residue is no longer visible. Let the solvent evaporate completely and wash and dry the garment if needed. Another removal method is to have the garment dry-cleaned using the traditional “Perc” solvent system. The adhesive will be completely dissolved. To remove Name Labels from other surfaces, we recommend using Goof Off or Goo Gone. Test a small area of the surface with the remover to be sure it does not damage the surface where the label is attached, then simply spray solvent onto the label, let it soak, and then remove it. Another application of the Goof Off or Goo Gone should take care of any remaining adhesive.

      • What can I use Name Labels for?

        Use Name Labels to identify anything you want to protect from loss. You can use the Name Labels on your children's clothing, uniforms, camping equipment, toys, shoes, golf clubs, coats, school supplies, lunchboxes, water bottles, jackets, video games and equipment, sports equipment and more. Adults use the Name Labels to identify items like cameras, cell phones, athletic gear, pill boxes, food containers, luggage, sunglass and GPS cases, membership cards, laptops, tools, clothes and a host of other items!

      • Will any Sharpie work with the Name Labels?

        The Sharpie® pen that is enclosed in the Name Label kits is specially designed and manufactured for Badge Magic for use on the Name Labels. It is Sharpies' most powerful ink, more fade resistant than even their regular laundry markers! It also has an Extra Fine point that allows you to get more information on a label than standard Sharpies and laundry pens. If you lose the pen, you can use a regular Sharpie or similar product. However, the writing on the labels will fade with time and washings much more so than with the Badge Magic Sharpie.



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