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Old 06-30-2010, 08:41 AM   #1
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How do I remove Decals?

I have a quick question. What is the best way to remove decals and pin-stripes from a Jeep.

I bought my Jeep about a year ago, 97 Wrangler with "Laredo" decals. It is blue with a tan top and has tan pinstripes, rocker panel stripe decals, and LAREDO on each side of the hood. There are also pinstripes on the hood and on the grill. I want them off. Way too cheesy.

Any help would be appreciated.

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hair dryer works wonders..

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Old 06-30-2010, 08:45 AM   #3
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Absolute best way IMO is the 3M rubber eraser wheel.

You attach it to a drill, and it eats away the pinstripe/sticker w/o any damage to the paint, and there is no left over residue either.

I've used every method, and this one is the fastest, and most complete. not to mention you get to use a power tool.
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pour milk on them and set loose a litter of kittens

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I have never used the rubber eraser wheel as carcrazy suggests but a hair dryer or hot air gun work great. Get the decal or sticker hot and start to pull away slowly. If using the hot air gun, be careful to not get the paint too hot.
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Thanks,

I will try the hair dryer. I keep one in my garage anyway, might as well use it. I will also look into the 3M rubber eraser.
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auto paint supply stores have them. autozone won't.

this is what it looks like. fwiw I didn't pay that much at my local place.

http://www.tcpglobal.com/autobodydep...temno=MMM+7498
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Awww man!
and here I thought I was going to find a home for the kittens!

I think I saw one at the local O'Rilleys a week or so ago.
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Hair dryer is what I always used at the dealership
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once you goto the eraser, you won't go back to the hair dryer.

Yeah Orielly's is supposed to carry them, my local ones don't. (and the goons behind the counter look at you like you are speaking latin when you ask about it)

either way will work, one is just more fun/less work
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Awww man!
and here I thought I was going to find a home for the kittens!

I think I saw one at the local O'Rilleys a week or so ago.
O'Reilly's has kittens now? What next?
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pour milk on them and set loose a litter of kittens

Low fat or chocolate?
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Low fat or chocolate?
Mmm, Chocolate coated kittens....



Anyway, I just wait for a day above 80 degrees and park so that the decal is facing the sun. Grab a plastic scraper blade (like they use for cleaning fish tanks) and get to work. After you get the decal up, clean with some rubbing alcohol and you're good to go.
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O'Reilly's has kittens now? What next?
Yeah....the kittens are out on their parking lot.....they keep stealing my wallet!!

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Just a little word or warning. Those decals have been on there for over 12 years. When you remove them you are still going to see the silohuette of them from where the paint has faded around them. Although that might look cool now that I think about it.
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The Hair Dryer works best, there maybe a little bit of cleanup up to do afterwords.

Glass - Goofoff for the sticky goo left over if any
paint - careful here take your time you should be fine

I make my own stickers all sizes and materials

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Just a little word or warning. Those decals have been on there for over 12 years. When you remove them you are still going to see the silohuette of them from where the paint has faded around them. Although that might look cool now that I think about it.
a little polishing and waxing can decrease the severity of this
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^^^^^ Exactly... Jeeps need love too you know!
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Just a little word or warning. Those decals have been on there for over 12 years. When you remove them you are still going to see the silohuette of them from where the paint has faded around them.
BIG X2...
I don't think theres enough polishing or waxing that will blend the difference between paint that has been through sun, wind, dirt, road grime ect for 12 years and paint that has been "protected" by stickers for 12 years. The paint underneath is gonna look new. A couple little decals on the side you could get away with and maybe hide with some other stickers but "LAREDO" on the sides of your hood is gonna be just as visible as the sticker....just food for thought.
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Yeah, you'll see where the paint behind them is still factory and the rest of the ride has faded, but it's not that bad. I've done on decals that took up almost the whole side of a black Ranger.. and eventually it'll even out, especially if you buff and wax it.
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If it is the original paint, no repaint, I would use the hair dryer or a heat gun. I work at an autobody shop, and in my experience with aged base coat clear coat finishes, the wheel can burn through the clear if not used properly. If you are new to using the pinstripe eraser, then this could make for a bad day for ya...jmo. Without knowing how thin your clear coat is, I would stay away from the wheel. Every time you wash, wax, buff, you strip a thin coating of clear off over the years, and since this is a '97, I would be concerned with this.
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Thanks. I have been considering the paint difference, but I would rather have the decals off. There is pinstriping everywhere. It has got to go. I will do my best to polish up the rest of the Jeep to try an even out the color. Thanks again for all of your help.
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Post up some before and after pics, heck, do a write up showing the process you've used and it might help the next guy who will surely come in asking "how do I remove my decals?"
Then you'll be a hero
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Thanks. I have been considering the paint difference, but I would rather have the decals off. There is pinstriping everywhere. It has got to go. I will do my best to polish up the rest of the Jeep to try an even out the color. Thanks again for all of your help.
What color is your Jeep? Some colors oxidize more than others. If the difference is really noticeable it would be worth it (maybe) to take it to a body shop and let them buff it out for you, if you aren't equipped to DIY....
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Here are the pictures.

I will keep the thread updated with my progress. I havent started any removal, so these are the before pictures.
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I wouldn't think with the placement of those that there will be much of an issue with fading. The Laredo stickers would be the most noticeable, and they shouldn't be too bad. Give it a nice buffing all over when you're done and park it in the sun for a week and I bet you never notice they were there...
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Update: I spent the better part of 4 hours yesterday with a hair dryer, plastic scraper, and Goo Gone. Check out the updates. I have included some before, during and after pictures. Also notice I blacked out the grill inserts and the headlight trim.
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I like it without the pinstripes, cleaner lines
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I have finished the hood and grill, now I have to work on the pin striping on the doors and rear quarters, and the rocker panel stripes. Once I get it all off, I will wax and buff. I polished the hood by hand, but I have a few scratches from the scraper that I should be able to buff out. I will post more pictures then.

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