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Old 12-22-2008, 08:25 AM   #1
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Default 08 owners with rear bumper guard-how to take off without damaging paint

i'm not sure if this is the right thread for this or not, so if it's wrong please let me know.

i'm an 08 owner and i have that dumb black rear bumper guard on and i want to take it off, but i'm afraid it will damage the paint. it looks like it's glued on?

i don't have a heat gun and was hoping a hair dryer would do the trick.

has anybody taken this off yet without paint damage?

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Old 12-22-2008, 11:44 AM   #2
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i'm not sure if this is the right thread for this or not, so if it's wrong please let me know.

i'm an 08 owner and i have that dumb black rear bumper guard on and i want to take it off, but i'm afraid it will damage the paint. it looks like it's glued on?

i don't have a heat gun and was hoping a hair dryer would do the trick.

has anybody taken this off yet without paint damage?

thanks,
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Should probably be moved to Exterior Mods.

I assume you mean the subaru brand guard on the top of the bumper of a hatch-- I put mine on myself (disappears on DGM) and I can't imagine it coming off without damage. But maybe.
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Old 12-22-2008, 12:03 PM   #3
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yeah, that's what i'm talking about. Did it have an adhesive backing?

i really don't like the way it looks, but i pulled a bit on it to see if it could come off and i was thinking maybe with heat.

can i move this or does a moderator have to do it?
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Old 12-22-2008, 12:15 PM   #4
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The bumper guard is stuck on with several strips of 3M tape. It should come off with a heat gun.

*disclaimer: I'm in no way responsible if you peel all the paint off the top of your bumper.
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Old 12-22-2008, 12:23 PM   #5
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i can't believe you CYA'd with a disclaimer!

smart man

thanks, i figured as much, but i'm really hesitant to do so. maybe i'll just wait for a body kit and remove the whole thing!
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Old 12-22-2008, 12:43 PM   #6
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yeah i d do the hair dryer and dental floss. if it is being hard let the stick tape leave residue then just use some goo gone to remove the rest. Everyone is right though, there is always a chance of paint damage when removing pieces that are essentially glued to your car. I used to detail for nissan and customers would ask for debadging etc. It was always a 50/50 if it would need a touch up after or not.
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Old 12-22-2008, 12:47 PM   #7
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you'll be a lot more po'd if you do end up killing the paint because you took it off
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Old 12-22-2008, 12:51 PM   #8
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that's what's stopping me from doing it, i took all the badges off no problem, but i felt it was close to pulling paint off for a few letters that were stuck more than others. being that big of an area with glue i may just leave it on after hearing what you guys had to say. i do hate it though.
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Old 12-22-2008, 01:34 PM   #9
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i actually put mine on and i really like it. but i think i remember reading in the instructions that a heat gun will take it off. good luck.
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heat gun would be a better bet, but i was hoping the wife's million dollar hairdryer would take it off! lol

it's basically the one from spaceballs, but smaller.
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spaceballs hairdyer ftw.
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:14 PM   #12
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Why don't you swap bumper covers with someone who doesn't have the protector on it.
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:43 PM   #13
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Great idea! anyone around Pittsburgh PA with an 08 silver sti without this bumper cover who wants to swap?

probabaly need to ask in the classifieds under wanted?
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A honest-to-goodness heat gun in a garage may work. A hair-dryer, in the winter? I doubt it. It does have 3M as stated above.

Is a hairdryer gonna get the bumper as warm as the summer sun on a scorching day? Cause my guard doesn't think about coming loose on a hot day.

Your paint. Your call.
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Old 12-22-2008, 03:32 PM   #15
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yeah, i'll probably just wait to get it out in the spring and take it to my buddies garage, i'm sure he's got a heat gun.

i may just say forget it and leave it on now that it's stuck on there. i was hoping it was the same type of adhesive that was on the badging, but the bigger sti badge stuck more than the smaller letters making up subaru impreza.

it sounds like i should just leave it on.

thanks for all your responses though, greatly appreciated before starting something stupid.
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Old 12-22-2008, 05:46 PM   #16
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I took mine off with just a hair dryer and floss. Took maybe only 20 minutes. Just make sure to keep applying heat as you go along and it's a real simple task. I cleaned up the residue with some Goo Gone and then polished it up afterwards. Worked like a charm.
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thanks tastybrew, nice to hear somebody's had some luck. if it gets messed up i'll just have to buy a body kit sooner than later!
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thanks tastybrew, nice to hear somebody's had some luck. if it gets messed up i'll just have to buy a body kit sooner than later!
That's the spirit!
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