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Removing stickers, labels, decals, glue, sap...



  • does anyone know if you can take off the actual companies' logo such as ford,honda, jeep writing and logos? or would i have to take it to a customizing shop to have that done? thank you
  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    That would depend on the script attachment method. Pressure sensitive adhesive logo's can be removed with a hair dryer. Logo's with tabs through the sheet metal and speed nut or clip attachment from behind will require a body shop to fill the holes and paint as required.
  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    Best stuff ive used in the body shops ive worked in. works great and leaves no marks
  • I used to own a Chevy pick up that i removed the huge metal CHEVROLET from across the entire tailgate, I also removed all of the black molding down the side of the truck and I removed the SILVERADO badges from the B-pillar. All this was done with a heat gun. Afterwards, I used some paint prep to remove the wax lines and then I put a good coat of wax over the newly exposed surfaces. The paint prep is a clenaer meant to remove all contaminents from the body so it can be painted. It will remove all wax, tar and adhesive.
  • ok, from what i have gathered the best way to remove the dealer's logo sticker they snuck on when i was in finance, is to heat it and use dental floss?/
  • gitarzangitarzan Posts: 66
    I just removed the dealer's ugly plastic logo badge this afternoon.

    1. I took some dental floss and it flossed right off. I was suprised how quickly it went right through it. I used J&J Reach Cinnamon Waxed Floss, if that makes any difference!

    2. I took the wifey's hair drier and put a little heat on the remaining foam tape. I then rolled the tape off with my fingers. I was able to roll off about an inch at time. It took about 3-4 mintues to get it all off.

    3. I then wiped it down with Turtle Wax Bug & Tar remover and that removed any residual gum.

    It looks Mah-Velous. So much better. I hate advertising for free. I also removed the license plate covers with the ads on it.
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Dave, nice job. The dental floss will also help with the nasty tartar build up in the oil pan, hehe! Try the mint floss next time, awesome stuff!

  • desaljsdesaljs Posts: 24
    In order to remove stickers use a product called GOO GONE. This is available in all sorts of stores like Wal-Mart etc. This is a citrus based product and works great. Remove what you can of the sticker, then apply it to the glue residue and wait a minute or two. Revove slowly and continue to re-apply until the glue is dissolved. I have used this on loads of things (including CD cases) and it never damaged anything. I now have no fear about putting stickers on anything since I know this product will remove them. I have treated stains on clothing and even removed gum from carpet with this stuff. I usually use a paper towel to apply and remove the product.
  • dwassondwasson Posts: 4
    I just used the Hair Dryer & Dental Floss dealer sticker removal method and it worked wonderfully. No Goo-Gone was necessary only a little water and a sponge. I used Oral-B mint dental floss and it left my car with a clean minty taste. To the person who posted this method thank you.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,170
    If you want to get the Pine tar off easier try using Rain-X. After I wash my car I sometimes (3x a yr) I will take a piece of imitation wool (strictly for this purpose) add put a coat of Rain-X on my car.

    There are 2 real good reasons for this.
    1. Water runs off alot faster than wax, but clears off really fast after it's been waxed and rain-xed. Plus, you can just spray your car with the garden hose to clean it off quickly.
    2. Pollen, Goose-poo, Bird-poo, Any-poo, and Pine tar don't stick as much

  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Goose poo? Where do you park your car? Any poo, you really cracked me up with that post!

  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,170
    I'm in the Northeast, and come Fall/Spring when the Geese are migrating (bombs Away).
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 52,945
    ice cold water!!

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  • gonzo0903gonzo0903 Posts: 7
    You should go to an auto body supply store and get some Dupont Prep-sol or similar automotive solvent. Detailers and auto body shops use it to remove old waxes, road tar and other contaminants as part of the detailing process. Apply it to a soft terry cloth and rub gently Depending on the how thick or hard the sap is, you may have to go over an area a few times to totally remove the sap. You didn't say what kind of sap it was. Pine tree sap is highly acidic and can etch into the paint finish. Tree sap should be removed as soon as possible to eliminate the problem!
  • bretfrazbretfraz Posts: 2,021
    They make a couple of great products.

    One is a general purpose adhesive cleaner. That stuff takes off anything.

    Another is a specific product for tree sap and road goo. Comes in a pump spray.

    3M stuff is easy to find - try your local NAPA auto parts. Or you can order online from 3M's Online store.

    good luck!!
  • wouldnt a clay bar product be useful for that? I would think as long as they are small (tiny) spots - it should deal with it.
  • swschradswschrad Posts: 2,171
    peanut oil works great on pine sap slop. easy and painless on the paint. butter and peanut butter (more abrasive) are also useful, as is good old mineral spirits.
  • I have a sticker on the bumper for several month. When I removed it, some glue stuck to the bumper.


    Alcohol does not work. Nail polish remover (Acetone) sure works but I am concerned it may damage the paint.


    What is the proper way to remove it?


  • macman60macman60 Posts: 1
    how can I get LocTite glue off the plex-glass,black plastic trim around speedometer, and the blue vinyl dash as I tried to glue the black plastic and dashboard back together instead the sun has heated it and caused it to fog up my plex-glass and looks terrible on the dash and black plastic trim and it seems that the sun has backed it onto the surfaces. I have tried the solvent used to clean wax etc off the outside of your vehicle to prepare it for new molding and used goof off, orange hand cleaner, finger nail polish remover on the dash and black plastic not the plexi any ideas this is the only blemish to the 1997 Ford Taurus :cry:
  • carter4carter4 Posts: 1
    Several days ago I inadvertently ran over a can that had fallen out of a work truck. The contents of the can are unknown, but I now have splatters of a glue-like substance on the side of my car and tires. I don't care so much about the tires, but am trying to find a way to clean the substance off the paint on the side of my car. I've tried rubbing compound and WD-40. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 52,945
    Do you know a good body shop? They deal with this kind of thing a lot. The problem is finding something that removes glue but not paint, so while I might try a few tricks on my own car I hesitate to recommend them to you.

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  • lastc4lastc4 Posts: 12
    Bigfur - just purchased a 1996 C4 Vette. Previous owner put mirror strips on the gills. Looks like ther are on w/ epoxy. Will your 3M Stuff work for a condition like this.

    LAST C4
  • tarbabytarbaby Posts: 1
    New to the forum-
    Just bought a 05 Toyota Prius- LOVE IT - But seems impossible to get the UGLY air bag sticker off the visors. (Visors are cloth) I have tried hair dryer, attempted to peel it off, and then tried using damp white cloth on sticker and ironed on medium setting. Nothing has worked so far, and am scared I will damage the visor.- PLEASE HELP -----
  • swschradswschrad Posts: 2,171
    find something else to cover 'em up, they put those stinkers on to stay now. look like they debossed the fabric and painted 'em all on that I've seen for a while. you could get a bumper-sticker printing kit for your computer and make up something like:


    How about a nice Sodium Azide punch? ( sorry, P&G hawaiian punch brand )

    SPACE FOR RENT. Lisa Visor, 888-666-0000

    whatever. they're on to stay.
  • frovsfrovs Posts: 1
  • xysterxyster Posts: 1
    I have removed the pin stripping from my truck using a pressure washer then used goof off to remove the sticky residue left over. It seems though that there is still something left looks the same as the paint just like the paint is a bit higher under where the pin stripping was, can I just sand it down and if so what grade sand paper or is there any thing else I can use??
  • Just had new tires installed on my factory 17" alloy wheels. Original wheel weights left what appears to be a heavy adhesive residue. :cry:
    Tar and bug remover did not touch it nor did WD-40. Any suggestions??
  • swschradswschrad Posts: 2,171
    mineral spirits. it shouldn't attack any paint or coating
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