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Old 07-09-2015, 01:19 PM
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Removing Wrangler Graphics

It looks like the former owner had these Wrangler graphics added and I'd like to remove them. I had some "Goof Off" around the house and tried it on one corner of the "r". Not only did it start removing the letter, but it also turned rag black where I rubbed it. Is it possible it was removing paint? If so, what should I use to remove these?

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Old 07-09-2015, 01:20 PM   #2
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on a hot sunny day they peel off. some guys use a heat gun.

followed by a bit of acetone and a hot/soapy/water wash and rinse.

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These don't seem like they'd peel off- I don't know if they're just old and baked on, but they no longer look like a solid piece of vinyl.
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Be careful with acetone. It will take the paint, too. Use alcohol.
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You can use Meguair's cutting compound and a felt wheel on a dremel. It will zip right off, and you'll just be polishing your paint while you do it.

You'll probably need about ten felt wheels to get all of that off, by the way.
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Go buy a eraser wheel from a parts store put in on a drill . It removes decals but not the paint. They are about 40.00.
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Not great advice so far here.

I own a sign shop and remove and install decals from boats and cars for a living.

If it is a vinyl decal and it is baked into the paint you are going to need plastic razor blades to remove it. A heat gun or hair dryer might work but you could end up bubbling your paint so be very careful there. If it is airbrushed on then you're going to have to sand it out and repaint. If it is a vinyl decal with clear coat over it you're going to have to sand off the clear coat, removal the decal and re clear coat the hood.
If you manage to get it off you are going to want to use mineral spirits to get the remaining residue off, alcohol won't do it and acetone is way too strong.
If you get it all off be prepared because if the paint around the decal is faded you will still be able to see where it was and may end up repainting anyway.

Can you post a very close up picture of the edge of the letters?
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Go buy a eraser wheel from a parts store put in on a drill . It removes decals but not the paint. They are about 40.00.
+1. I have one of these and they work really well.
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Not great advice so far here.

I own a sign shop and remove and install decals from boats and cars for a living.

If it is a vinyl decal and it is baked into the paint you are going to need plastic razor blades to remove it. A heat gun or hair dryer might work but you could end up bubbling your paint so be very careful there. If it is airbrushed on then you're going to have to sand it out and repaint. If it is a vinyl decal with clear coat over it you're going to have to sand off the clear coat, removal the decal and re clear coat the hood.
If you manage to get it off you are going to want to use mineral spirits to get the remaining residue off, alcohol won't do it and acetone is way too strong.
If you get it all off be prepared because if the paint around the decal is faded you will still be able to see where it was and may end up repainting anyway.

Can you post a very close up picture of the edge of the letters?
Good post! I own a sign shop as well and agree with the info.

The only problem is if the decal is under clear, good luck sanding it off and reclearing, without getting into the base.

And those plastic blades are a pain!
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I ended up using an eraser wheel, GooGone, and alcohol. I removed all the decal but of course the paint underneath was a different color. I'm trying to find a new decal I like that might cover it well enough. Any suggestions?
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Your Jeep looks black in the photos. What color is it actually? L.M.
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The difference in color is called a Ghost Image. There is not much you can do for it if it's an older jeep. It's been baked there by the sun.

If it's not to bad you might try some rubbing compound and elbow grease. Good luck.
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I ended up using an eraser wheel, GooGone, and alcohol. I removed all the decal but of course the paint underneath was a different color. I'm trying to find a new decal I like that might cover it well enough. Any suggestions?
I saw one somewhere that said "boob shaker" I'd immagine you'll get some weird looks though. WR4NG13R maybe if your into military jeeps? Idk, do your own thing that's special to you and your jeep!
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above... use letters like the RUBICON decals...
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DILLIGAF above... use letters like the RUBICON decals...
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above... use letters like the RUBICON decals...
WHat does it even mean?

Ohhh, now I get it
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heres the one I saw it on
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heres the one I saw it on
Is hat a brute conversion? Or what is that!?
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I ended up just doing a matte black stripe with plastidip. I stopped it at the hood but am wondering if I should take it back to the windshield. Thoughts?
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I wrap my hood with the vinyl wrap Matte black. This should give you an idea of what it looks like if you go back to the windshield.

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I ended up just doing a matte black stripe with plastidip. I stopped it at the hood but am wondering if I should take it back to the windshield. Thoughts?
I would take t back to the window. Currently it looks unfinished, but thats just my opinion.
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I have been tempted to put a decal on the hood of my YJ - in true poseur fashion since it is kinda Polar Edition Blue, but I was leaning more towards "Bi-Polar Edition".
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Check my Ghost Punisher.
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ummmmm YEA!!! That's bad ASS!!!!!!!!! Is that paint or sticker? Either way that's cool!!
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Synergy Green paint with Gold Shimmer Pearl on top of clear, then cleared over. very easy to do. Stencil is hardest part. My stencil stuck and made a mess. We sanded and cleaned up most of it. Came out better than expected, but wish I had put more coats on it. It's almost too "ghosted". See Wrangler on sides of hood. This is the first time ever done this. You could easily do this right over stock paint job too. I bought the pearl right off the web. Painting with Pearl.
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