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#131 of 150 You've got to admire people with Obama stickers
Nov 30, 2009 (11:37 am)
They are taking responsibility for their mistakes.
#132 of 150 Pls Help - Decals pealing off of my beetle.......
Feb 10, 2010 (3:55 pm)
my7 vw beetle has original vw decal artwork on it. Unfortunately due to the recent snow and frost a few on the bonnet have started to peel off! Can anyone tell me what it is safe to stick them down with. Would appreciate any help
#133 of 150 about Magic Erasers
Feb 27, 2010 (8:44 am)
I saw reading through this thread that some people had used Magic Erasers to remove oversprayed paint. I just wanted to add my 2 cents about it.
There are now many generic versions that can be picked up in a 2 or 4 pack at the local dollar store that work just as well as the name brand Mr. Clean.
I used one to remove all the sap from the hood of my truck and it never bothered the finish at all, only did what I wanted and removed the sap. Just remember to keep them wet and leave them lay flat when you use them. Otherwise they tear up really easy.
#134 of 150 Re: Pls Help - Decals pealing off of my beetle....... [lhanna]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Feb 27, 2010 (9:22 am)
I wouldn't put any kind of adhesive on that paint if you can avoid it. What year VW is this? I would think you could buy the decals aftermarket, peel off the old with a hair dryer (gently) and start all over.
#135 of 150 Re: tree sap removal [bassman5x5]
Mar 04, 2010 (11:00 pm)
Working at a dealership with nothing but oak & elm trees along the length of our lot, we have to remove 'tree sap' (continuously) 2X a year---spring AND fall! The fastest, gentlest way I have found is 99% Isopropyl Alcohol, applied lightly with a 'fair' microfiber towel. The towel makes a lot of the difference, as it so SO much less abrasive, by comparison. Load a simple spray bottle, and 'fan' it onto the corner of the micro-fiber. Lightly rub in circles ON the spot(s)! Can clean a heavily 'sapped' Cross-Over in under an hour. HINT: Move your head around A LOT...play the 'light' you have across all the body panel...INCLUDING the side panels!!!
Spray the alcohol 'onto the corners' of the towel....and use the 'center' section (which should be in the palm/heel of your hand) to do a quick wipe to remove the initial haze. For a final cleaning, a simple spray & wipe with most aerosol galass cleaners usaing a clean/moderate microfiber will do the job---even on black finishes!!!
Let me know how this works out for you. DOES require 'learning' to 'FEEL' the sap under the towel. Also 'requires' that you NOT wear any sort of 'rubber'latex' glove on your hands---takes away the 'sense of touch'!!!
#136 of 150 Re: I'm starting up this topic, [pocahontas]
Mar 04, 2010 (11:09 pm)
As to the 'sticker removal'...the 'hair-dryer' will help remove the sticker...not the adhesive, however. Simple cigarette lighter fluid 'will' work....but is easier to buy a simple 'adhesive remover' from your local auto-parts store or from a lot of 'arts & craft' stores. ALSO...be sure to use a nice/clean/light towel...and a soft touch to rub it out with. Have used this combination for YEARS at a number of dealerships to remove stickers and 'pin-striping'!!! May have/WANT to 'share' the expense with friends...
#137 of 150 Re: Get the wax off ... [cookw]
Mar 04, 2010 (11:17 pm)
AS an auto detailer for a dealership, the fastest...EASIEST way I have ever found is either a light, liquid rubbing compound...OR...the SAME wax initially used, on a simple towel corner. Lightly rub it in for a few minutes with your finger tips...then wipe it off. USUALLY comes off!!! IF is a bit 'stubborn', try applying/rubbing it in (in a circular motion) with a light/soft fingernail scrub brush...then wipe it off.
Usually does the trick.
#138 of 150 Re: Wax residue [tom3k]
Mar 04, 2010 (11:23 pm)
Question #1: The 'plastic plate' you are referring to...is that the little 'decal' on the 'trunk lid' or rear-bumper?
Question #2: AS to the textured, black components...is also rather easy Perhaps 30 minutes to take care of it ALL!!!
#139 of 150 Re: Get the wax off ... [detailer96]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Mar 05, 2010 (7:44 am)
Have you ever tried WD-40. Some tell me that also works. Yeah, hair dryer is risky--it would only be my last weapon of choice.
#140 of 150 Re: Get the wax off ... [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 05, 2010 (2:03 pm)
For sticky adhesive there is none better than Goo Gone. WD40 is a little too corrosive IMO.