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How do you shave the rear decals without hurting the paint???


Louters91GVR4
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 13706 posted 05/19/03 01:41 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I think that look is awesome. How do you get the decals off without hurting anything?? Anyone done this??

Tom

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 13707 posted 05/19/03 01:58 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I used glue-be-gone, I think that's the name, or something similar, to take off all the badges,
including the one on the dash .. it worked well
and no scratches on the paint ... although you can see the slight outline of the trunk badge
when you look up close

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 13708 posted 05/19/03 01:58 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Take a Hair dryer and pick the hottest day to park the car under the sun, then go out there with a strong L shaped pick, and pull at the edge of the badge without touching the paint. It might take a couple of try, but chances are with our cars 10+ years the glue should loosen up.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 13709 posted 05/19/03 02:03 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I used a plastic shaping tool like comes with Bondo to cut the tape, and then removed the residue with solvent and elbow grease.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 13710 posted 05/19/03 03:48 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I have used fishing line to get behind the badges and sort of saw them off. It can leave some glue behind, but that can come off pretty easy.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 13711 posted 05/19/03 05:53 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I went behind mine with a razor blade and then used some orange cleaner to remove the left over adhesive. I would probably go with a different method though... I'm getting the car repainted in a couple months so I wasn't all that worried about scraping paint.

I've got pictures if you want.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 13712 posted 05/19/03 07:30 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I have heard of people using piano wire or something thin to cut through there, the fishing line seems like a safer bet. Or there is this...
http://www.eastwoodcompany.com/aspfiles/itemdy00.asp?UID=2003051920264566&T1=43325&Dep_Key1=


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 13713 posted 05/19/03 10:48 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I was told dental floss works very well.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 13714 posted 05/20/03 12:13 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
How bad of a "tan line" does it leave, taking the badges off an 11 year old car? I might just wait until I get my JDM bumpers and have it repainted.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 13715 posted 05/20/03 12:17 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
took my badges off and you can only tell if you really look at the trunk lid closely, I'd take a pic, but it prolly wouldn't show up ... the "tan lines" that is

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 13716 posted 05/20/03 09:55 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
thank for all the tips.

tom

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 13717 posted 05/20/03 12:52 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
when you are all done, its a good idea to go over the area with a polishing compoound, or anything that "restores" paint finish. what they do is lighly sand off the surface of the paint which removes the layer with the grime/adhesive. it should look brand new after that.

if you were 18 and just got a gvr4 for the first time, you'd prolly have enough time on your hands to do the entire car, and would get the "showroom" effect. (get some clay bars)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 13718 posted 05/20/03 01:12 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
quote:
Originally posted by VTGVR4:
when you are all done, its a good idea to go over the area with a polishing compoound, or anything that "restores" paint finish. what they do is lighly sand off the surface of the paint which removes the layer with the grime/adhesive. it should look brand new after that.

if you were 18 and just got a gvr4 for the first time, you'd prolly have enough time on your hands to do the entire car, and would get the "showroom" effect. (get some clay bars)

I'm 18 and I barely have enough time to keep it washed, much less polish the whole thing. [Wink]

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 522230 posted 08/19/07 09:50 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
i have a steamer at work that i use. works great with no risk of burning the paint. as the water condenses it helps to lubricate the surface for scraping. follow with a plastic razor blade. then a sticker wheel from 3m mounted to a low speed die grinder to take off the rest of the adhesive. if used properly this combo will get rid of the most stubborn decals and stickers. i know this thread is old but i figured id throw it out there.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 527386 posted 08/29/07 11:39 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Don't use gasket remover what EVER you do...I did and now my clear coat is gone and I am pissed! Just an fyi...

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 528515 posted 08/31/07 10:30 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
FWIW, when I removed mine there was no paint to strip from behind the badges because it was already gone! The 14 year old factory foam tape must have eaten through the clearcoat and paint right down to the bare metal of the trunklid.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 528786 posted 08/31/07 08:58 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Update to above link: Chemical-free Giant Eraser

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 552137 posted 10/22/07 12:52 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I used denatured alchahol and a non-marring tool. Took about a half hour. You could still see where they were from the clear coat, but only up close.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 552929 posted 10/23/07 11:00 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I used a screwdriver to take off the decals and a polishing wheel on a drill to LIGHTLY "attack" the goo. Looks GREAT!

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 640194 posted 04/28/08 08:54 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I used an old credit card to peel away the decals, and the pin striping. Then Goo Gone and a little more scraping with the credit card took the rest of the residue off.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 643532 posted 05/07/08 07:22 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
I do this daily at my garage.Get a paint scrapper


apply duck tape on each side of the blade,but put it on the edge of the blade on both sides,spray the decal as your scrapping it with hot water,go slow,once it's off there should be hardly no glue left,and if there is goo-gone works,or a heat gun does the best.

I am now more experienced to just use a razor blade,but thats me DON'T TRY IT UNLESS YOUR EXPERIENCED

GOOD LUCK

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