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Old 03-22-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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Anyone with JK Freedom Edition remove star from hood?

Was it hard to remove? How did you do it? Was thinking that heating it up would help it peel off.

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It will come off very easily. Just heat it up. Heat gun is best.

But don't, it has a fun little look to it!

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Old 03-22-2013, 10:04 PM   #3
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never did it, but i thought about it.....

let me explain, i saw one on the lot that i liked, alot, but i really wish it didn't have the stars....and i said well it can't be that hard to get them off...
....but then i saw the seats..and there is no way to get the stitching off....
and i CAN NOT run the risk of ANYONE even THINKING that I'm a Cowboys fan....
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My wife and I love our silly stars. You should too.

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If you don't like the Freedom Edition graphics or seats just order up a regular one with all the options you liked from the Freedom Edition. It will probably be cheaper that way. You can buy the Mopar fuel filler door and tail light guards and install them yourself. Very easy to do. The blacked out grille people are doing for very cheap on their regular Wranglers just by painting or plastidipping it.

Good luck with whatever you choose to do!
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:31 PM   #6
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bought a jku altitude edition. had a funny looking hood sticker/strip. had the dealer remove it if he wanted a sale!! first thing I inspected when got delivery. Cant tell it was there. they used a heat gun. But that green color with the star looks awsome
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:23 AM   #7
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Keep the star. I like mine!
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:44 AM   #8
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did you ever get around to doing this? Thinking of removing mine today
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:21 AM   #9
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did you ever get around to doing this? Thinking of removing mine today
Just take a hair dryer/heat gun to it. Incredibly easy to do. I didn't take my star off, but did all the other decals. Very easy.
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:24 PM   #10
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Just take a hair dryer/heat gun to it. Incredibly easy to do. I didn't take my star off, but did all the other decals. Very easy.
okay will do. I read something about an altitude decal taking nearly 4 hours and needing special stuff to remove the adhessive(googone didn't work) so I was a little owrried about what jeep is using to apply these things
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:33 PM   #11
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I may remove my star only when I get vents on the hood and then get a smaller star )
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I can't believe you guys want to remove your stars. After I spent an entire 50 seconds installing them. I'm one of the guys at the factory that installs the dinoc (decals) on the buzz models.

If you want to remove them, do it as soon as possible. The longer you wait the more difficult they become to remove. Heat helps, but there is a point of diminishing returns. A little heat will help the glue release, to much and the dinoc with will stretch and melt and become more difficult to remove.

The best way to do it is to start by letting it sit in the hot sun. Then peel a corner up and pull the dinoc at a 45 degree angle away from itself. Don't fold the part your peeling up over the top of the part that is still stuck to the Jeep or it will rip. Also, try to pull up as large an area as possible. It's best to pull up a handful of it instead of little pieces at a time.

This thread makes me sad...

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Hello, I removed my wife's black star and replaced with a purple star (her request) from pixel decals. With only 2,000 miles on her Jeep at the time I expected the star to fall right off like other decals I've removed in the past. It did not! It took more than 3 hours of heat gun, finger nail peeling, credit card peeling, Krylon aircraft decal remover (or something like that), microfiber towel scrubbing, WD40, and a whole lot more. All the while one must stay calm or they'll end up scratching the paint.

So, I recommend you either love the star or prepare yourself with the right tools and mental strength.
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:08 PM   #14
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Hello, I removed my wife's black star and replaced with a purple star (her request) from pixel decals. With only 2,000 miles on her Jeep at the time I expected the star to fall right off like other decals I've removed in the past. It did not! It took more than 3 hours of heat gun, finger nail peeling, credit card peeling, Krylon aircraft decal remover (or something like that), microfiber towel scrubbing, WD40, and a whole lot more. All the while one must stay calm or they'll end up scratching the paint.

So, I recommend you either love the star or prepare yourself with the right tools and mental strength.
Would love to see a pic of a jeep with a purple star. That is quite a departure from the various toned down shades that we see.
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I can't believe you guys want to remove your stars. After I spent an entire 50 seconds installing them. I'm one of the guys at the factory that installs the dinoc (decals) on the buzz models.

If you want to remove them, do it as soon as possible. The longer you wait the more difficult they become to remove. Heat helps, but there is a point of diminishing returns. A little heat will help the glue release, to much and the dinoc with will stretch and melt and become more difficult to remove.

The best way to do it is to start by letting it sit in the hot sun. Then peel a corner up and pull the dinoc at a 45 degree angle away from itself. Don't fold the part your peeling up over the top of the part that is still stuck to the Jeep or it will rip. Also, try to pull up as large an area as possible. It's best to pull up a handful of it instead of little pieces at a time.

This thread makes me sad...

I'll bite. Why are they called dinoc?

Hrm, I'm having second thoughts about keeping mine on now, with how difficult you are making it sound, to pull off after time. Not that I don't love it, it's just that I don't think I will love it forever.

The OM badges, however, are staying forever.
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I'll bite. Why are they called dinoc?

Hrm, I'm having second thoughts about keeping mine on now, with how difficult you are making it sound, to pull off after time. Not that I don't love it, it's just that I don't think I will love it forever.

The OM badges, however, are staying forever.
All stickers are called dinoc. my dad hired in here in '63 and he calls them dinoc. its always been that way and nobody knows why.

It's not difficult to remove, just time consuming if its holding tight. you may also have a "ghost image" of the sticker left on the paint after you remove it. a light buffing will remove the ghost
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All stickers are called dinoc. my dad hired in here in '63 and he calls them dinoc. its always been that way and nobody knows why.

It's not difficult to remove, just time consuming if its holding tight. you may also have a "ghost image" of the sticker left on the paint after you remove it. a light buffing will remove the ghost
Sounds like a rich history behind the word!

Thanks for the advice!
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Anyone ever use a decal eraser?
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Vinyl Eraser And Arbor

Have one of these I used years ago to pull decals off my '97 Dakota Sport. Worked beautifully. Hoping it hasn't hardened into a stone since then.
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I'll bite. Why are they called dinoc?

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DI-NOC is 3M's trade name for it's poly vinyl chloride (PVC) layered "decal" film product:

It's made up of:
1. Clear PVC layer
2. Pigmented (design) PVC layer
3. Adhesive layer
4. Paper release layer.

I have no clue as to how they came up with to product name, DI-NOC.....
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DI-NOC is 3M's trade name for it's poly vinyl chloride (PVC) layered "decal" film product:

It's made up of:
1. Clear PVC layer
2. Pigmented (design) PVC layer
3. Adhesive layer
4. Paper release layer.

I have no clue as to how they came up with to product name, DI-NOC.....
Thanks!!!! I am now educated in this matter.
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I did not know that, bill.
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Vinyl Eraser And Arbor

Have one of these I used years ago to pull decals off my '97 Dakota Sport. Worked beautifully. Hoping it hasn't hardened into a stone since then.

What the heck, seriously? This removes the adhesive and everything?
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What the heck, seriously? This removes the adhesive and everything?
Worked FANTASTICALLY! Went back over the area w/ some really light polishing compound to clean up the smudgy residue. That was it. And it was on a black truck.
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It wasn't Easy

I bought mine about 3 months ago. Personally, I do not like the stars. The small one in the back came off easy with a heat gun. The larger star on the hood was tough. It took about an hour to get it off with a heat gun. Then, it left a lot of sticky stuff on the hood. About another hour of using acetone to get it off, and then 10 minutes of buffing. It looks great now but it was a lot of work.
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I'm getting a hydro blue freedom edition on wednesday with hope...i really want to swap out the white star for a matte black one! think i may have the dealer remove the white one which they said they'd do, but they didn't sound too keen on replacing it with the black star for me?! i couldn't understand why but oh well guess i can just apply it myself with minimal effort? i know of coarse i would have to make sure the surface is thoroughly clean, does he temperature have an impact on the decals ability to adhere? im in upstate ny and right now its low 30's...
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Removing the star stickers can't POSSIBLY be worse than removing the Oscar Mike badges! That double stick tape was STUCK!!! The badge came off fine with dental floss, it was all the foam cushion and glue that didn't want to come off...

Sorry, Archer! My stars are coming off soon! But since you didn't personally apply them, I'm not feeling like I'm losing too much. Now if you HAD installed mine, then I think I would have gone a different direction with my decal selection.
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Removing the star stickers can't POSSIBLY be worse than removing the Oscar Mike badges! That double stick tape was STUCK!!! The badge came off fine with dental floss, it was all the foam cushion and glue that didn't want to come off...

Sorry, Archer! My stars are coming off soon! But since you didn't personally apply them, I'm not feeling like I'm losing too much. Now if you HAD installed mine, then I think I would have gone a different direction with my decal selection.
The oscar mike badges come off pretty easily with heat. Get them to the point where the chrome on it starts to melt and the badge, with the foam, will fall right off.

Its your jeep, star. Personalizing it is half the fun is owning it.
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I'm getting a hydro blue freedom edition on wednesday with hope...i really want to swap out the white star for a matte black one! think i may have the dealer remove the white one which they said they'd do, but they didn't sound too keen on replacing it with the black star for me?! i couldn't understand why but oh well guess i can just apply it myself with minimal effort? i know of coarse i would have to make sure the surface is thoroughly clean, does he temperature have an impact on the decals ability to adhere? im in upstate ny and right now its low 30's...
My wife replaced her freedom star with another color. Pixeldecals.com has what you need.

Removing the old star is a nightmare so if the dealer will do it then great. Otherwise buy a 'decal eraser' and try it. I've never used one but I would if I did the job again. You can do the job in cold temperatures. Just squeeze all the water out and maybe go over it with a hair dryer.
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The oscar mike badges come off pretty easily with heat. Get them to the point where the chrome on it starts to melt and the badge, with the foam, will fall right off.

Its your jeep, star. Personalizing it is half the fun is owning it.
I was afraid to make it too hot and screw up the paint job. Now this information is available to the public, so future people will benefit.

I just wanted you to know I would have thought twice before removing your handiwork. In the end though, I think I would have made the same decision...

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