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Old 07-17-2007, 05:17 PM   #1
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Default Removing buildup around "subaru" lettering after debadging?

I recently debadged my trunk (2002wrb). After removing the letters I cleaned the adhisive with goobgone and then washed and waxed (multiple times). It looks great, I'm happy.

I sadly can still see the subaru on the trunk if I look up close and in the proper light. I think it could be some sort of build up around the letters, from either dirt or products the previous owner useds.

I was wondering if using a claybar on the trunk might remove whatever is there? If not any other suggestions?

Thanks for any input.
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Old 07-17-2007, 05:26 PM   #2
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try bug/tar remover. Heat up the paint with a blow dryer for about a minute, then spray the bug/tar remover, let it set for a minute, and then wipe it off. It worked perfectly for me
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Old 07-17-2007, 06:03 PM   #3
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or try buffing it out. since its a little bit older of a car it could just me paint fade and youll have to deal with it.
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Old 07-17-2007, 06:19 PM   #4
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I did the same to my 2002 WRB WRX and had a little bit left behind. After a couple of days I just tried blow drying it and used WD-40 to clean it. It was a friends idea and I thought it was weird too, but it worked. =]
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Old 07-17-2007, 06:37 PM   #5
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+1 for bug/tar remover. And get the gel-like brown stuff, not the white stuff that comes in a spray.
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Old 07-17-2007, 07:00 PM   #6
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The painted surfaces around emblems are typically hard to get at and are therefore easily neglected. “De-badging” reveals this flaw and will typically result in a crisp, visible border where the emblem once was. .....to me, this sounds more like your problem.

You will need to use a mild polish to remove the ghosting effect and restore the finish around the border areas (it should also help remove traces of adhesive residue that may have been left behind). I've found that Scratch-X (from Meguiars) is a good, safe, readily available product for hand/spot treatments such as this. .....follow up with your favorite wax and the results should be to your satisfaction.
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Old 07-17-2007, 07:21 PM   #7
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goo gone then wax. looks good/better than new
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Old 07-17-2007, 08:53 PM   #8
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I used bug and tar remover and heat gun.
then I followed up with a cleaner wax.
the trunk was from a 04 that I swapped with.
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Old 07-17-2007, 08:58 PM   #9
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Clay bar would probably work too.
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Old 07-17-2007, 11:21 PM   #10
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I just did this a few days ago. Didn't have Bug&Tar so I can't comment on that, but WD40 did a good job of removing any remaining adhesive. From there, I tried various polishing compounds and it took a few steps down in coarseness to get out the staining around the logos on a PSM trunklid. Follow up with a few passes with finer polish compounds and a wax and you're better than new!
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Old 07-17-2007, 11:48 PM   #11
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a buffer and some compound should do you right. If you don't know how to properly work one, and don't know someone you trust that can...talk to a body shop. Its a relatively quick job, probably something you can do under the table, off the clock. My buddy rubbed out my old car, severely water spotted and faded, and it came back looking like glass.
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Old 07-18-2007, 01:23 AM   #12
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.....there's no sense in automatically choosing the harshest solution for what otherwise may be a minor problem that can be solved using a less aggressive method.
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