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Vinyl decal removal? - and the gum?

Vinyl decal removal without paint damage - anybody have some good ideas? Tried heating but left a lot of gummy residue. Open to suggestions. Don't want to scratch it up or mess the paint.

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go ahead and use the heat gun to remove the vinyl.

I use adhesive remover, you can get it at an automotive paint store, or maybe auto parts store.you can also use nail polish remover. if you have oem paint you can use a new bondo or graphics spreader.

soak tip of a rag in liquid, dab it on the adhiesive fairly wet. if it wipes right off then proceed to do it with a rag, if not, wet adhesive, and wait for about 30 seconds, then rewet it. then use the spreader at about 45 degree angle, you will find "your" sweet spot, and scrape off. it will not damage the paint, unless you leave it soaking in the liquid for to long, or panels have been repainted. you may also be able to use an old credit card or something like that for a scraper.

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heat gun, then get goo gone spay it on let it soak then re spary and scrub off

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try peeling the vinyl without heating it. then some goo gone or mineral spirits to get rid of any residue. is this aftermarket vinyl or a factory sticker?

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I'm a cheap azz.....WD-40 will take it off easily.
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try peeling the vinyl without heating it. then some goo gone or mineral spirits to get rid of any residue. is this aftermarket vinyl or a factory sticker?
+1, I peel without heat and use citrus adhesive remover to get rid of the gummy stuff.
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Re: Vinyl decal removal? - and the gum?

Thanks, Tried the WD-40, goo gone, mineral spirits and acetone. They all made it gooier but not coming off. I tried xylene which did best but left a hazy residue or cloudy paint surface. I'm guessing I'll work those the best I can, but looks like I'm going to have to compound the spots and try to buff out. Or one more reason to add to list for a new paint job - .

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Thanks, Tried the WD-40, goo gone, mineral spirits and acetone. They all made it gooier but not coming off. I tried xylene which did best but left a hazy residue or cloudy paint surface. I'm guessing I'll work those the best I can, but looks like I'm going to have to compound the spots and try to buff out. Or one more reason to add to list for a new paint job - .
Here is the stuff i use:
http://www.dtep.com/de-solv-it.htm
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Here is the stuff i use:
http://www.dtep.com/de-solv-it.htm
Awh, I saw a bottle of that at work - I guess I'm going to have to try that!! Thanks.

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