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Old 05-24-2002, 01:37 PM   #1
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Any ideas of how to get this junk off? I have used a plastic scraper, some goo off, and i'm ready to break out the hair dryer. There has to be an easier way!!! [crying]

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Old 05-24-2002, 01:58 PM   #2
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When I bought my car, it had one of those "D" decals on the back. While yeah, they're sorta cool, I needed to remove it so I could clean and polish the paint.

This decal had the STRONGEST glue in the universe holding it on. I used a plastic scraper and 3M adhesive remover and could only get it off in microscopic chips. At that rate it would have taken weeks to remove it.

Then I had a brainstorm. I draped a cotton cloth over the decal, took out an iron, set it to "wool", and held it on the decal (with the cotton cloth as a buffer between the iron and the paint and decal, and kept it there for about a minute. When I took the iron off, the decal came off in about 10 seconds with the scraper.

So I would try this method. The heat softens and releases the glue quite nicely. And using an iron keeps the heat well focused - you don't heat up huge areas of the car. Be sure to use a cotton cloth because the iron will be at a temp that could burn or melt synthetic fabrics, and you don't want to melt or burn a bunch of polyester to your car.

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Old 05-24-2002, 02:56 PM   #3
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Another thing you might try is a wallpaper-remover-steamer. I have a Wagner from Home Depot that I used to help get the old rock guards off with and it helped some what. Worked great on the old window tinting! You can use a power sander to keep a good edge on the plastic scrapper too. Just be sure to clean up the fresh edge on the scrapper after you sand it down with some steel wool or finer grit sand paper.
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Old 05-24-2002, 05:17 PM   #4
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AN ordinary Hairdryer, with a nozzle attached, just be poatient and take your time thats "all" it needs" and works every time !
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Old 05-24-2002, 05:22 PM   #5
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Get one of the decal erasers from Eastwood. I got one to remove the adhesive residue when I removed the belt line molding from my car. I also used it to remove the old "924S" logo before I put on the new one.

It is a disk made out of what feels like gum eraser that you attach to your drill and "rub" the old decal off. It works really, really well without any paint damage. Of course make sure the area is clean before you use this thing.
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Old 05-24-2002, 05:55 PM   #6
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Heat gun + Goo Gone. It's great.
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Old 05-24-2002, 06:46 PM   #7
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Sell home, pack wife and kids, move to Texas. Park car in direct sunlight on any day ending in "y". Go inside and watch reruns of "The Guns of Will Sonnet". Come back to parking spot, use high powered shop vac to remove melted car from pavement. Place remains in centrifugal centrifuge and spin. Decal will rise to top!
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Old 05-24-2002, 07:09 PM   #8
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Thanks for the replies, I did end up using the hairdryer and 3M adhesive/tar remover, that stuff works great. I do have disturbing news, The PO, the only PO in 19 years for that matter had the paint refreshed some time ago, and it looks great, well it did anyways. After peeling the pinstriping all the way around I started on the PS quarter panel, it seems that he (or whoever did the work) did not take the time to remove the pinstriping off of this panel, instead they painted over it and reapplied a new pinstripe to cover the old. This really sucks!!!! There is about a 1/16 groove down the side of the car, not only is this highly noticeable, but the paint underneath is more UV faded. What a tool!!! [grrrrrrr]
I had contemplated hitting it with the buffer before, looks like that is imminent now.
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