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Old 07-08-2013, 08:32 PM   #1
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Now what in the world??

So, I removed my original (or thought to be original) side decals. Before I started, I noticed something odd. The decals were, for lack of better terms, set in the paint. So when I took them off, you could still see where they were. I thought, no problem I'll just replace them with black decals. It'll go with the "blackout" look I am going for. I bought new black stickers to replace and I hate how it is turning out.

I am wondering, was my TJ repainted in an earlier life? Why were the decals "set in" or "flush" with the paint? Or are all Jeeps like that? Let me know what you think!
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:38 PM   #2
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I would also guess that it has been repainted and someone took time to tape them off instead of removing then replacing after painting.

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That was my initial guess, too. What do you think I could do to fix this ugly little detail? I suppose I shouldn't have removed them in the first place, but they were ugly then, too. I am trying the new decals but they just don't fit as well as I thought they would. Maybe black paint where the stickers used to be?
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That was my initial guess, too. What do you think I could do to fix this ugly little detail? I suppose I shouldn't have removed them in the first place, but they were ugly then, too. I am trying the new decals but they just don't fit as well as I thought they would. Maybe black paint where the stickers used to be?
I wouldn't try to paint it!! Where did you get the decals? Turbostixx (Tom) on here in the commercial section of the classifieds does good work on decals. Tom is a good guy to deal with too.
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If you are really good at taping you could try just painting them on. At least on the raised jeep logo.

Tape off everything around the logo. Sand it down. primer. Sand the primer lightly to get out any high spots. Then just paint it.

As for the other stuff a repaint may be the only way to make it look nice again.

You could try some goo gone or something maybe and see if you can't get any of the old decals up, but if it is set in the paint you aren't going to get all of it.
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Wow! I can't imagine why someone would take the time to tape off a sticker.
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Or just leave it like that. I've never seen one like that so you would have a rare alternative to the decals. Lol
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remove the stickers, clean it well. ANY quality paint and body outfit can buff that(mostly) out.
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remove the stickers, clean it well. ANY quality paint and body outfit can buff that(mostly) out.
I'm pretty sure the picture is with them removed. That's pretty deep for just buffing IMO.
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I can't think of anything I can do.. I might just have to leave it until an eventual repaint. I have been thinking about Line X'ing the entire Jeep! That'd take care of the problem once and for all! I have noticed a lot of other little quirks about this paint job that makes me wonder how "professional" it was. It is cracking and peeling everywhere...
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I can't think of anything I can do.. I might just have to leave it until an eventual repaint. I have been thinking about Line X'ing the entire Jeep! That'd take care of the problem once and for all! I have noticed a lot of other little quirks about this paint job that makes me wonder how "professional" it was. It is cracking and peeling everywhere...
" It is cracking and peeling everywhere... " Then WTF you care about stickers!?!?!?? LOL
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" It is cracking and peeling everywhere... " Then WTF you care about stickers!?!?!?? LOL
Lol.. I know I'm just trying to work with what I have!
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I did a rocker panel stripe while I was doing the raptor liner last month. Turned out looking really nice. I don't know how much it will fade over time, but i think doing the whole jeep in liner would look pretty decent. The raptor turned out somewhere between line x and rhino as far as texture, i think the line x would be a nice look but it won't be cheap.
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Would take it by a boy shop or a detailing shop and see what they can do.
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Put a bigger sticker over top
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This is interesting...

My '98 has WRANGLER on both sides of the hood that did the same thing.
I peeled the decal off and used a pinstripe wheel from AutoZone and with no luck I still have the ghost of the sticker.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:33 PM   #18
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I wonder if it would be worth it to have a body shop sand it down and repaint the whole panel?
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Remove... wet sand ... wax ... and reapply.

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