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    Default Easiest way to remove Pin Stripes

    Ok i've been removing the pin stripes on my car, and they can be a bit stubborn, breaks rather easily.. I read that an easy way to debadage cars, is to use a hair dryer to loosen the glue, the pry off by using dental floss under the corner..

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    Do you think that using a hairdryer on the pin stripes might make it easier to peel off. I've just been using my finger nails to peel it cause i wasn't sure of what else to use without scratching the duco..

    If anyone has a simple way to do this, please let me know.. Sitting there for 10 mins and only getting say 5cms along can be pretty tedious. plus i'm looking for a quick and easier way..
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    If you have access to a Karcher or Gerni, simply blow them off.
    Turps is what is used to remove the glue.

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    I actually have a family friends Karcher at the moment, but i think the water restriction might cause me a problem, So you think turps would do the trick??? Would it affect the paint though??? Obviously not hey...
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    Mitch,

    By trade I'm a fridge mechanic and I've washed thousands of stickers off fridges using turps with no after effects.
    Turps isn't a solvent for car or appliance paints but works well on those rubber based glues. Sometimes needs a bit of time to soak in & soften, but if you have side strips, just be careful not to let any run down the back of them as they use the same glue on them.

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    You mean the black bumper type parts on the side..

    Thanks for letting me know... could have cause some probs if i didn't know

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    Some of those are held on by speed nuts, others held by glue; best not take the risk if you're not 100% sure.

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    I have been told that the hairdryer method works very well.
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    Cheers, might try the hairdryer trick first, then if it doesn't help, revert to the turps...

    Cheers Guys..

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    Hammer and chisel. Works every time

    Seriously, I've always used a hairdryer and acetone to remove badges, dealer stickers and decals and it works fine. You need some cotton balls and some careful use of fingernails or a plastic spatula.

    BTW does anyone know where I can get some pure acetone like the stuff used in chemistry labs? That stuff is supposed to be real cheap but I'm using nail-polish remover (70% acetone) which ain't cheap. But it does moisturise your hands and puts some shine and elasticity back in your skin.....
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    A fibreglass supplies store, will have good quality Acetone, here in Melb it's around $13 a Litre. Much cheaper than nail polish remover.


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    Acetone works well on glass but on car paint it's a bloody good paint stripper.
    If you just want to remove the glue stick with the turps.
    Using the hair dryer will get rid of the stripping but will still leave the residue of the glue there.

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    Hair dryier and prepwash, works a treat.
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    Turps, ouch! I wouldn't put that anywhere near my car. The paint is crap and comes off easy enough as it is.

    Use a hairdryer or hot glue gun, just be careful with that. JUst use your fingernail to remove it, using other things is easy to scratch the paint. If some glue is left over get some Eucalyptus oil to remove it, smells great and works wonders on sticky stuff!

    Just don't be surprised if the paint is a different colour underneath.
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    Well i'll take of of that into consideration..

    Cheers everyone

    Let you know how it all goes

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    Steelo pad :>

    There is glue solvent removers ... unisolve is one .. not sure if they are safe on paint ... but they are safe on skin if that's anything to go by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XTC206
    Steelo pad :>

    There is glue solvent removers ... unisolve is one .. not sure if they are safe on paint ... but they are safe on skin if that's anything to go by.

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    Some pretty good suggestions so far, I like the hammer and chissel and the Steelo pads

    Best results and safest are achieved using a hair dryer, the heat will soften the vinyl and the adhesive, should pull away in big strips, clean up with Prepsol/Prepwash to remove residual adhesive. There is a product that is used in the 'Sign writing' industry but for the life of me I can't remember the name of it, available from suppliers to the trade 'Spandex', 'Australian Sign Supplies', 'Supply One', or call in to any largish Sign Shop with a jam jar and a smile

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBlood
    The only sticker left on your car should be our Aussiefrogs sticker Cheers Chris
    I think we can excuse a rego sticker

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    chris is right.....i ve removed heaps of pinstripes....use a hair dryer to soften,,,,dab on some prepsol (PREPartory SOLvent hence the name)...KH makes a product called WAX and GREASE remover which is basiccally prepsol...available in most automotive shops.....


    remeber though...once u use prepsol (like most solvents)..it ll also remove any polish or wax on your car...SO u will need to repolish those areas affected....


    hair dryer and prepsol....industry standard


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    Cheers. i'll get my mate to pick some up from his work...

    I should have asked some of the guys last night if they had any spare AF stickers. Oh well.. how would i be able to get my hands on some...
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