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Old 08-05-2010, 04:56 AM   #1
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Hey guys just need some advice. I recently did a delete of the subaru letters on the trunk of my car and it all came off nicely but the outlines of the letters are still pretty visible but I guess after 6 years of being on there they are darker than the rest of the trunk. Any advice on products/methods etc to clean that up so the letters aren't visible anymore? any constructive help would be appreciated and thanks in advance for helping out a newbie!
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:18 AM   #2
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I have head about this before. From what I remember reading about a claybar works pretty good to remove and leftover stuff that will cause it to look like a shadow. Give that a try.
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:14 PM   #3
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I used a hair dryer to heat up the outline of the badge then used hot water and soap. Be careful about how close you hold the hair dryer and how hot you let the paint get though. Once you wash it with hot water and soap just dry it and everything should come right off.
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:39 PM   #4
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....assuming all of the adhesive residue has been removed, the problem will still likely be apparent. Even with a finish that is waxed regularly, the areas around emblems are easily neglected (build up of scratches, wax, etc.). “De-badging” reveals these flaws and will usually result in a distinct, visible border where the emblem(s) once was. You will need to use a polish to remove the ghosting effect and restore the finish around the border areas. ....follow up with your favorite wax.
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Old 08-05-2010, 05:27 PM   #5
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thanks guys for the help i appreciate it. I got all the lettering off just fine and now I will get it polished and waxed hopefully that will help get rid of those pesky silhouettes
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Old 08-05-2010, 05:38 PM   #6
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....if you’re looking for OTC solutions to use by hand, try one or more of the Meguiars trio: Ultimate Compound, Scratch-X 2.0 and/or Swirl-X (in order from harshest to mildest cut). In most cases Scratch-X is enough. UC will give you added cut if needed but will likely leave light marring that will require a lighter polish like Swirl-x to finish. All three products work well by hand or DA.
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:00 PM   #7
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My car is new. I debadged it and there looks to be a shadow. It's definitely not residue though, so... idk.
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:12 PM   #8
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I did mine recently. Tried clay bar and light compound and polish. And as long as the car is clean you can't tell. But as soon as it gets dirty kinda has a ghost effect of the lettering.

I actually kind of dig it.
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:14 AM   #9
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For mine, i heated them up, and ran a piece of fishing line behind them to get them to come off. I then used some Goo Gone and it looks like they were never there! Hope this helps!

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Old 08-06-2010, 06:21 AM   #10
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I was gonna use some goo gone but the bottle said could damage some auto paints so that scared me and i got some 3m adhesive remover which got most of it but the outlines of the letters are still clearly visible. i will try the method you are suggesting kean
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Old 08-08-2010, 04:16 AM   #11
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It seems like half the people in this thread missed the point. It's not sticky residue, anyone can get that off. The problem is no matter how much you wax your car and try to always park in the shade, the paint will fade. Even if it's not enough to normally notice, you will notice when you take emblems, badges, and stickers off of the paint. I now just recently have the same thing from a sticker. Scratch-X and polish are about I can think to use and someone that understood the question said that. Hope it works.
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Old 08-08-2010, 03:52 PM   #12
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buff it. if not paint it
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Old 08-08-2010, 04:39 PM   #13
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+1 on the clay bar they work wonders, then follow up with cleaner wax then polish, if the car is newer that should take care of it..

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Old 08-08-2010, 04:44 PM   #14
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Instead of goo-gone I used a bug and tar remover from o'reilley's which had a polish built in. It worked pretty well but that was on newer cars.
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It seems like half the people in this thread missed the point. It's not sticky residue, anyone can get that off. The problem is no matter how much you wax your car and try to always park in the shade, the paint will fade. Even if it's not enough to normally notice, you will notice when you take emblems, badges, and stickers off of the paint. I now just recently have the same thing from a sticker. Scratch-X and polish are about I can think to use and someone that understood the question said that. Hope it works.
Exactly.

And there are still people posting stuff about "goo gone" and tar /bug remover? How the heck does tar remover help match the paint colours?

The fact that the paint was under the "letters" of the badging means that it won't have faded as the rest of the trunk. No amount of goo-gone/bug remover/clay bar will help that IMHO.

Better off polishing, and leaving it for some time. Hopefully as time passes by, the difference will become less noticeable
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clay, compound/polish. and over time the car being exposed to the sun will even it out.

also cleaner wax before polish? cleaner wax is a type of wax so this would be after polish
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Scratch X?
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:22 AM   #18
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These......

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....assuming all of the adhesive residue has been removed, the problem will still likely be apparent. Even with a finish that is waxed regularly, the areas around emblems are easily neglected (build up of scratches, wax, etc.). “De-badging” reveals these flaws and will usually result in a distinct, visible border where the emblem(s) once was. You will need to use a polish to remove the ghosting effect and restore the finish around the border areas. ....follow up with your favorite wax.
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....if you’re looking for OTC solutions to use by hand, try one or more of the Meguiars trio: Ultimate Compound, Scratch-X 2.0 and/or Swirl-X (in order from harshest to mildest cut). In most cases Scratch-X is enough. UC will give you added cut if needed but will likely leave light marring that will require a lighter polish like Swirl-x to finish. All three products work well by hand or DA.

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It seems like half the people in this thread missed the point. It's not sticky residue, anyone can get that off. The problem is no matter how much you wax your car and try to always park in the shade, the paint will fade. Even if it's not enough to normally notice, you will notice when you take emblems, badges, and stickers off of the paint. I now just recently have the same thing from a sticker. Scratch-X and polish are about I can think to use and someone that understood the question said that. Hope it works.

Would Someone lock this thread already. I don't think half of the posts even pertain to the subject. Thanks
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:55 PM   #19
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lol there have been a few people who got what I was asking and thank you for your advice to those people. I used Meguiars scratch x 2.0 and followed it up with some wax and my trunk looks like the letters were never there!
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