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Old 03-08-2012, 12:04 AM   #1
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how do i remove "rubicon" lettering?

should i heat it up with a hair dryer or something before trying to peel 'em off?

is there any chemical i should use to loosen up the glue?

or do i just go peelin' 'em and hope for the best?

i don't want to have to get the hood repainted after i attempt this.


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Old 03-08-2012, 02:10 AM   #2
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I used this to remove all the stickers I didn't want on my Jeep worked great, you should be able to pick it up at your local auto store, I got mine at Oreilly's
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:16 AM   #4
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Heat gun or Hair dryer-- warm them up good and they should peel right off. Then, if needed use a little adhesive remover
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Old 03-08-2012, 05:05 AM   #5
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Heat gun or Hair dryer-- warm them up good and they should peel right off. Then, if needed use a little adhesive remover
This.
Depending on the color and how old your paint is, you may end up with a 'ghost image' of the lettering - I have a faint image on my '97 dark Green TJ where I removed the 4.0L, Wrangler and Sport stickers but I don't even notice it any more.

Had less success Using the same procedure to remove a sticker the PO put on the hood.
Over time, the heat from the engine had baked the sticker into the paint - haven't heard of this happening with factory stickers though.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:58 AM   #6
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I've done it with heat guns as well. Just don't let it heat up too much in one place, it can blister the paint.

I let them get good and warm and use a plastic kitchen spatula to scrape them off. "Goo-gone" will safely remove any glue/tape residue afterward. wax it up and your done!

I definitely would've tried that decal remover posted above first, if I had seen it before.
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:18 PM   #7
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A hair dryer is all you need to remove the sticker. Warm it up, get a fingernail under it, then keep warming the area ahead of where you pull. Some Goo-Gone or plain rubbing alcohol will clean any leftover glue residue off. After you remove the sticker, wax the area to make it uniform with the rest of the Jeep (unless your paint's already trashed, then no need.)

I removed all stickers and badges from mine last week, and put on a pair of Pro Tek tree stickers.

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If you do the Trail Rated badge, heat it up really well with the hair dryer, then force a piece of string or dental floss behind the badge and pull it off. Just make sure you don't pry it off from one side...the other edge can scratch your paint if it doesn't come straight off. Again, rubbing alcohol for clean up.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:06 PM   #8
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Remove the Rubicon decals ...yikes
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:15 PM   #9
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I hear you C6

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Old 03-08-2012, 07:41 PM   #10
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I can't help the OP as I didn't remove any rubi stickers, but added them to mine. The sales staff at the local jeep dealer is so jeep ignorant, that even though I ordered it there last year and took delivery from them. I could take it back today and trade it in and they would think it is a rubi! And it is a was a sahara, but now a rubi since I added front locker and a few other mods. They wouldn't know a D30 from a D44 if there grandmas life rest on it. And it's got 488S too boot. It's the limited edition rubi and when you lock the front end it unlocks the front sway automatically. Jeep sales persons are dumber then a box of rocks.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:53 PM   #11
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I'll bet the VIN number would get you though.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:13 PM   #12
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I'll bet the VIN number would get you though.
X2-VINs never lie!!
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:35 PM   #13
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THANKS FOLKS!!

as for removing the fact it says rubi, i understand concern of some but it's somewhat an old beater not a shiny new thing, and the title and the axles verify it's a rubi if i had to sell it, plus buying and re-applying those letters is easy. no plans to sell this though, i hope to keep it around even if i buy a newer vehicle in the future -- another reason i don't mind making certain mods.

"makin' it my own" was part of the appeal of a jeep, as opposed to some 4 door sedan/minivan one may have to sell to some family at a later date.
(hard to sell a Camry with WWII star on the hood & bumpers).
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:32 AM   #14
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I'll be removing my silver Rubicon decal and replacing it with a black on my green Ruby. I'll be replacing all the silver decals with black ones.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:47 PM   #15
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I'll be removing my silver Rubicon decal and replacing it with a black on my green Ruby. I'll be replacing all the silver decals with black ones.
sounds nice, better color scheme imo.

i got my silver rubi words removed this weekend, i took pics of the process but need to make a place to store pics to show 'em (soon).

but it was much easier than i expected, here's what i ended up doing:
- used a wooden toothpick since it was soft wood and softer material than the paint/finish on the jeep, so it wouldn't scratch anything, and i went at a safe angle to the jeep metal, and got the letter edges started up , peeled up just enough to get something to grab.
- used some flat smooth needlenose to grip the piece i had started peeled-up.
- the stickers themselves are fairly rubbery and strong, so they came up pretty nicely and cleanly and didn't leave little bits behind. once i got enough of a letter up i could grab it with my fingers and continue peeling. i had no trouble getting each letter up in nearly one piece, except maybe a couple letters.
- i took care which letters to remove first, knowing i might get a call or something to interrupt me and if not careful could wind up with my jeep saying something like "r.u. bi?" or simply "bi". or worse - if only the end part of the letter "R" came off and ripped then i'd be left with a jeep saying "PUBICON".
- after all letters were off there really wasn't much in the way of glue residue, but i went ahead and wiped it down with "goo gone".

i don't see any discoloration left behind, my jeep's an '06 and around 70kmi so i was worried it would show a different color where the stickers had been, thus far i can't see any such.

i'm this much closer to Willys-fying it, infact just today i saw a willys-ed in my town! didn't know there was one, i woulda gone met them if i wasn't in a hurry at the time. they had the nice proud big white star on the hood and all
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Glad you got it off without a problem. I did mine a week ago and just used a hair dryer. now it's all black decals and I think it looks better. The RUBICON replacement lettering was a little bigger than the factor but the font was the same so it looks fine.
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hardest thing to remove on the jeeps are those trail rated badges. and by hardest I mean I actually needed a heat gun to remove it, unlike the decals are just peel and clean. don't like the stock decals/badges anyway.
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:43 PM   #18
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hardest thing to remove on the jeeps are those trail rated badges. and by hardest I mean I actually needed a heat gun to remove it, unlike the decals are just peel and clean. don't like the stock decals/badges anyway.
thanks for that info, i was pondering removing but figured i'd keep it to avoid the hassle and/or what mess may be left behind. i don't mind that badge, i didn't mind rubicon but it was right where i need to put Willys stuff - and it wasn't in the military stencil font, if it were in the right font i might've even left it. i have always dug the look of militar stencil, i've been "playing army man" pretty much my entire life.


oh, unrelated, right now outside my office window a neighbor kid is bouncing a basketball,
the rhythm of the ball hitting the street is exactly in time with this:
it's cracking me up.
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hardest thing to remove on the jeeps are those trail rated badges. and by hardest I mean I actually needed a heat gun to remove it, unlike the decals are just peel and clean. don't like the stock decals/badges anyway.
To me they are easier than decals. Just use some heavy weight nylon fishing line and spray it with wd40 and slip it behind the badge ( any emblem with two sided tape ) and use a downward back and forth motion and clean up the rest of the paint with emblem remover. I do this with motorcycle emblems daily.
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(old thread i know, but i'd rather visit an old thread for a question then being that ass-clown to start a new one on the same subject!)

Anyway, does anyone have pictures of the black "RUBICON" decals?
Where did ya order them from?

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