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Old March 4th, 2010, 01:40 PM
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I want to remove the Harley skull logos I added to my truck a while ago, but want to know the best way to remove the foam padding and the adhesive that is left afterwards.

On glass, windex or alcohol is the easiest way with a razor, but on paint??

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check out the auto parts store. you'll find numerous products to remove the adhesive material.

back when i was putting my FX4 badge on the tailgate....I also decided to remove the dealers sticker from under the F150 badge. I just took a trip to Advance and took a look in the car care aisle. Can't remember what brand I got...but it worked.

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Paint is tough, if you are good, you can do it with lighter fluid, but you have to work quick. Ive removed double sided tape that wa on the truck for 15 years in anbout two minutes with lighter fluid. No paint was harmed.




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Are the aftermarket solutions on on the clearcoat? I remember Chris Duke from Motorz.tv used a wheel of some sorts on a cordless drill to remove the adhesive on one of his shows, but I have been unable to find this attachment.

I'll probably wait until it gets a little warmer out though, so it will be much easier to remove.






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I heard about that method and also WD40?






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WD-40 wont do anything for you. Not like lighter fluid. Get your girls blow dryer and heat that up for a few minutes, then pour some lighter fluid on it, let it soak for 30 seconds and quickly rub off. I rubbed mine off with my finger tips. Glue + paper towel = more mess.




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I'll try it next week, supposed to warm up again. I would like to remove the f150 badges, but there's damn holes that hold them in .






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Heat gun and fingers to get the bulk of it (your finger tips will hate you)
then i used a product called goo gone on the 04 chevy i had. (removed the trim that ran down the doors) It worked pretty good.


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It's called an eraser wheel. Can get them at most autopart stores, not really cheap, if they are they won't last long.
Then try "Goof-Off" or goo be gone or something along those lines.

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Lucky thing I was a chemist in my previous life :)

I think your clearcoat is probably some type of acrylic - so you don't really want to use solvents that will dissolve this - stay away from paint thinner / mineral spirits / acetone.

The adhesive is most likely a polyvinyl alcohol based adhesive - which means an alcohol (ethanol, methanol, propanol) should do the trick on it. Likes dissolves likes (and will go into solution). Nail polish remover is a likely choice for the Propanol - methanol can usually be found in window washer fluid (allthough the concentrations are too low to have any effect on your adhesive) - ethanol in normal alcohols may work too - go high though - grain or 151. Use lot's of it - your looking to take the adhesive "into solution" before the alcohol you use can evaporate - so you can wipe both the alcohol you add + the decal right off the truck.

The foam padding is most likely styrofoam - benzene dissolves this nicely - allthough - the alcohol should soak into it and work on the adhesive - so you shouldn't need to take the foam padding off.


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