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Daox 07-09-2009 01:20 PM

Removing decals?
 
As most have seen, I just picked up a Prius. On the back, the dealer of course had to slap his decal on. I don't like it and want it off. Chalk it up as a weight reduction if you want to. :p I just don't like it. So, what is the best way to remove a decal?

Piwoslaw 07-09-2009 03:56 PM

Warm it with a hair dryer, or let it warm up in the sun (with the careful help of mirrors or lenses) if you don't want to use electricity. Then try to 'floss' it with fishing line. I'm thinking of doing the same with a few decals I have, and that is the answer I got when asking around.

Shawn D. 07-09-2009 07:55 PM

"Flossing" works on foam-adhered badges, but it won't work well on a decal.

If a hairdryer doesn't do the trick, get some General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner #051135-08984 from an auto body supply shop -- it will dissolve the glue without harming the paint. It's a great solvent for working around the car, so you'll find other uses for it as well.

dremd 07-09-2009 08:39 PM

Heat + plastic paint scraper and maybe some solvent.
!!!!!NOT SOLVENT + HEAT!!!!!!!

Johnny Mullet 07-09-2009 09:45 PM

Heat is the trick and then a good fingernail will work it off without damage. After it's removed, buff it.

Terrh 07-10-2009 12:12 AM

if it's one of those thick plastic ones, just peel it off with fishing line or something, then use goo gone and a cloth to remove the remaining stuff.

if it's a normal decal, you can buy a rubber wheel that goes on a drill and will be amazingly effective at removing it. Goo gone for the remainder.

Some polish and wax after and it'll probably disappear.

RandomFact314 07-10-2009 12:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Terrh (Post 114832)
if it's one of those thick plastic ones, just peel it off with fishing line or something, then use goo gone and a cloth to remove the remaining stuff.

if it's a normal decal, you can buy a rubber wheel that goes on a drill and will be amazingly effective at removing it. Goo gone for the remainder.

Some polish and wax after and it'll probably disappear.

I JUST posted a post like yesterday, of me removing all the badges on my car, I sprayed it with goo gone, let it sit for a few seconds and got some thread and flossed all of them off, really easy... http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...tyle-9154.html was my post

Peter7307 07-10-2009 01:30 AM

Eucalyptus oil is another eco friendly oil which happens to be great for removing glue residue from decals etc.

Cheers , Pete.

SVOboy 07-10-2009 07:05 AM

Sand-blaster! I hear the rough surface will make the paint like a golf ball and therefore more aerodynamical!

elhigh 07-10-2009 10:37 AM

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Originally Posted by SVOboy (Post 114876)
Sand-blaster! I hear the rough surface will make the paint like a golf ball and therefore more aerodynamical!

Bad Yankee! No Chowder!

wagonman76 07-10-2009 12:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Terrh (Post 114832)
if it's one of those thick plastic ones, just peel it off with fishing line or something, then use goo gone and a cloth to remove the remaining stuff.

if it's a normal decal, you can buy a rubber wheel that goes on a drill and will be amazingly effective at removing it. Goo gone for the remainder.

Some polish and wax after and it'll probably disappear.

For the thick plastic ones, I have just lifted one corner with a fingernail and pulled it off. For the goo that remains, what I did was used a block style pencil eraser and water, and it balled up and came right off. I've never heard of a rubber wheel in a drill, but it would be essentially the same thing. Goo gone does work well too, though it can get messy.

Piwoslaw 07-10-2009 05:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SVOboy (Post 114876)
Sand-blaster! I hear the rough surface will make the paint like a golf ball and therefore more aerodynamical!

Oh, so you've tried it? :p

i_am_socket 07-13-2009 12:35 PM

I removed mine by getting rear-ended. Quick and easy ;)

I get annoyed at the dealer's attempts at free advertising. I even removed the license plate frames. They want advertising? They can pay be $50/month to leave them on :D


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