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Old 12-28-2011, 07:45 PM   #1
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Removing decals

Is there a good technique?

I don't want to just pick at a corner and start peeling.

I recall something about heating the decal with a hair dryer first, but I can't remember where I heard that (only that it was about a hundred years ago).

Any tips would be appreciated!

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Old 12-28-2011, 07:48 PM   #2
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Goo gone. Your decals are newer so it shouldnt be too bad.

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Old 12-28-2011, 07:51 PM   #3
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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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Old 12-28-2011, 08:11 PM   #4
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Fading is the least of the worries. Mostly virgin clear coat underneath with no swirls or scratches. In other wards, it will be shiny where the decal was.
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:02 PM   #5
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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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Old 12-29-2011, 07:50 AM   #6
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I just used a heat gun and lifted at the corners. Then I wiped down the area with Turtle wax bug and tar remover.



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Old 12-29-2011, 12:46 PM   #7
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I pulled mine off last week using only a hair dryer no residue was left behind. Just watch the heat use enough to soften the decal then turn it away, it doesn't take much heat
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:05 PM   #8
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I pulled mine off last week using only a hair dryer no residue was left behind. Just watch the heat use enough to soften the decal then turn it away, it doesn't take much heat
I'm pulling the Rubicon stickers off my new-to-me Sahara this week. Once I can find a hair dryer...
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:36 PM   #9
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I'm pulling the Rubicon stickers off my new-to-me Sahara this week. Once I can find a hair dryer...
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:51 PM   #10
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Yeah, the rubicon stickers gotta go.
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:06 PM   #11
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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.

What's the best way for me to fix this?
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:11 PM   #12
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I did a write up on this a few months ago. Decal/Sticker Removal Write-Up
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:29 PM   #13
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If anyone removes and doesn't want their trail rated badge I'll pay you for shipping it out to me. Thanks!
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:34 PM   #14
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If anyone removes and doesn't want their trail rated badge I'll pay you for shipping it out to me. Thanks!
you can buy them you know, just saying.

i know that free + shipping is cheaper than buying them..but you can
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If anyone removes and doesn't want their trail rated badge I'll pay you for shipping it out to me. Thanks!
May I ask why?
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:17 AM   #16
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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!
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:39 AM   #17
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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.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:16 PM   #18
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after you pull off the decal. just soak a clean soft rag with rubbing alcohol and wipe off the glue. or wd-40 or goo gone.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:33 PM   #19
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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.
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May I ask why?
I blacked out my entire Jeep except the trail rated logo. I thought it would look nice to have one on each side.

For my decal removal, I just used finger nail plus Goof Off. The Goof-Off doesn't hurt the paint at all. Interestingly, there was a paint imperfection below the wrangler decal.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:38 PM   #21
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Screw a hair dryer. It's August. Just park it outside at mid-day for an hour...and then peel.

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