You recall correctly.
One method is to heat the decal with a hair dryer, another is to soak the decal with goo-gone for a few minutes. After applying either of these methods, use a piece of fishing line or even dental floss. peel back a corner and then run the line under the decal to remove it evenly. If any residual glue is left after removal use a little googone to get it off.
There is also a tool you can by that basically erases the decal. Im not exactly sure how it works but I have heard it mentioned on the forum.
Just remember that the older the decal, the more likely that the paint underneath will be less faded than the rest.
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You can use the hairdryer to remove the decals. Start heating it from one side and as you slowly peel it off with one hand, use the hair dryer to heat the adhesive with your other hand. Slow and steady and you will be able to get it off.
Now to remove the adhesive, You can use googone or the 3M adhesive remover. I used the 3M adhesive remover for mine.
The part below the decal will be original paint and will be shiny. If you do this with a brand new jeep, you shouldn't see any color difference. On an older jeep, it's going to stand out, since the rest of the paint will be faded a little bit.
One thing to note is after you have done removing the adhesive, you would need to wax that area since the adhesive remover is going to remove the wax also.
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I used a hair dryer and the decals came off really easy. After removing the decals, I took a cloth and cleaned the area and maybe cleaned a little too much. Now my paint is faded in that spot, not the fade from removing the decal and having the darker paint underneath, I'm saying that I scrubed too hard and faded the paint.
I didn't use a hair dryer. I just peeled one corner off and it was fine. I figured that it was because my jeep was only a couple days old at the time, but I did it on my wife's year old jeep too and you couldn't tell a difference in a year old jeep and a day old jeep. I used goo-gone to get the residual adhesive off. I actually had more problems getting the dealer sticker off though.
If none of these solutions work, you could always dremel the part off...you'd be left with a hole in your sheetmetal, but no decals!
I HATE dealer stickers. Every time I buy a vehicle, I make that part of the deal. The dealer removes their sticker before I take delivery. That way if the paint is muffed, they fix it prior to delivery.
if you do have fading and discoloration a polish of the entire hood will help it alot, it will still be "ghosted" but much less noticeable, only at certain lights and visual angles.
what your seeing is the pristine clear coat underneath the lettering where years of poor washing/wax techniques and auto car washes (swirl machines) have dulled the rest of the body. once those are leveled out the only difference is the fading of the paint which will be hard to see hence the "ghosting"
Go to autozone and pick up some 3M adhesive remover, will make super quick work of it once you pull the vinyl. just please make sure you dont spray it directly on your paint, if that stuff gets on any plastics it ruins them instantly (turns them white) spray on a rag away from the Jeep and then set it on there.