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Old 11-09-2012, 10:57 PM   #1
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Default Removing 3M film

I just bought an STi and it had the 3M protective headlight film on it. When I removed it, it left a lot of adhesive. What can I use to safely remove the adhesive without damaging my headlights?

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Old 11-09-2012, 11:28 PM   #2
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Goof Off and a fair amount of elbow grease
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:36 AM   #3
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Goof Off and a fair amount of elbow grease
Do not use this on your head lights.
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:29 AM   #4
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bug and tar remover and elbow grease
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:58 AM   #5
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alcohol wipes, dry paper towels/microfiber towel and windex. DONE! that's what I used when I removed my old tint and there was still some adhesive left behind. works like a charm and didn't take a lot of elbow grease. But it also depends on how thick the **** is so elbow grease is depending. good luck
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:05 AM   #6
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rubbing alcohol will help
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:20 AM   #7
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acetone or nail polish remover.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:31 AM   #8
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Do not use this on your head lights.
You clearly know something.... Care to share, as I've cleaned 3 sets..
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:46 AM   #9
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WD40 is something almost everyone has, its a better cleaner than it is a lube lol.

FWIW I removed the rear badges/gunk left behind with it, I also remove stickers and such from motorcycles using it.
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:34 PM   #10
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Pressure washer
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:01 PM   #11
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3M citrus based adhesive remover and a microfiber cloth. Some auto parts stores have it, craft stores should carry it too.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:30 PM   #12
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You clearly know something.... Care to share, as I've cleaned 3 sets..
Goof Off contains acetone and xylene, which melt many thermoplastic polymers. Obviously ABS/polycarbonate is a thermoplastic, so if you had success with it, then fine, but I wouldn't use it.

There are also several types of Goof Off that have varying contents of spirits/etc. I even think there's one with no spirits but with citrus oils, similar to Goo Gone which also does not have "harsh" mineral spirits.

A lot of people on here confuse Goof Off with Goo Gone, with disastrous results. There was an image in the $10 taillight mod thread of one taillight that was eaten through with Goof Off. Taillights are usually made with much lower impact protection requirement, and thus much more compliant and low temperature thermoplastics, which are more susceptible to chemical attack.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:28 PM   #13
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Also try stoner's invisible glass cleaner. The stuff is awesome for cleaning glass, but i've also found it works really well at getting adhesive residue off--worth a shot.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:07 PM   #14
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3M citrus based adhesive remover and a microfiber cloth. Some auto parts stores have it, craft stores should carry it too.
^^ this stuff has worked great removing a number of different bits of adhesives on a number of cars and other projects around the house I have had. I picked up a large can of it a while back and it has been worth every penny.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:25 PM   #15
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WD40 is something almost everyone has, its a better cleaner than it is a lube lol.

FWIW I removed the rear badges/gunk left behind with it, I also remove stickers and such from motorcycles using it.


WD40 is a water dispersing agent, it is not a lube. It actually gums up and dries out after a period of time. I wouldn't use it on anything.
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