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Old 06-21-2003, 03:45 AM   #1
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I got my 2002 Impreza 2.5RS several months ago used. I saw all the pics and threads of/about debadged Subarus. So I did what people suggested would work to remove S U B A R U from my car. I got out the hair dryer and heated them up on an already hot day(80+ Farenheit). I had dental floss to remove them, and they all came off very easily. I used goo-gone adhesive remover to get the remaining double-sided black tape off of the trunk, which is all that holds them on, BTW. I still have a remaining line of adhesive or something stuck to the back of my car, and you can visibly make out that there used to be a badge that said Subaru if you look closely. The remaining adhesive or whatever is there, can be felt if you take your fingernail and slide it accross the paint lightly. It is hard and stands above the rest of the clear-coat. I don't think it's an impression where the clear-coat has been removed. At first it's not very noticeable. Too anyone that notices it, like people right behind me, it's obvious and looks like an unfinished job.

This is what it looks like from a distance.


This is what it looks like up close. (with a nice unavoidable reflection of me )


This is what an individual letter looks like up close, revealing the age of my finish and where I rubbed a little too hard initially trying to remove the outline.

So things don't bother me much and I've driven around with it like this for several weeks. I do want it to go away though. I thought it would just go away at first, but it hasn't. Either I did something wrong or you can't do this on cars that aren't new. The car was manufactored in 2001.

Has anyone else had problems like this? Is there anything I should try? If I can get it removed then it won't be a detterent to anyone else who wants to do this to their car.
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Old 06-21-2003, 04:11 AM   #2
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Did you forget to wax it? Thats what removes the last little bit and makes the impression go away.
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Old 06-21-2003, 04:24 AM   #3
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Samething happened to me when i debadged my trunk. I even used wax and still the prints were there. Then I used some 3M rubbing compound and that did the job. If you do use the rubbing compound, remember not to rub it too hard or it's going to burn your paint.
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Old 06-21-2003, 04:27 AM   #4
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Well, I waxed it after I did it. That was several weeks ago like I said and it was still there. So it really should have been waxed again for the pics. I have not tried 3M rubbing compound. I will go looking for that at Advanced Autoparts tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestion and I really hope it works!! I just noticed that you have the exact same car and color I have. Cool.
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Old 06-21-2003, 04:35 AM   #5
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use 3m adhesive remover and a cleaner wax. then wax again.
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Old 06-21-2003, 04:37 AM   #6
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you can try a clay bar; i used wd-40 on mine, worked great.
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Old 06-21-2003, 04:51 AM   #7
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That sucks. Nice reflection though.

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Old 06-21-2003, 12:59 PM   #8
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I used some afta, to take the residue off. After that I used the clay bar & waxed.
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Old 06-21-2003, 02:27 PM   #9
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use some First Kleen and then buff and wax it. i'm lucky i have a friend that works at a body shop so i got him to do it for free.
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Old 06-21-2003, 03:07 PM   #10
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Quote:
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you can try a clay bar; i used wd-40 on mine, worked great.
WD40!!!!! the hush hush secret lol
all i used was an old student ID card, a hairdryer, some dental floss, goo gone, some WD40, a clean cloth, a bottle of water, and a soda (i was thirsty lol)
anyway, good luck, i hope it comes off
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Old 06-21-2003, 03:23 PM   #11
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ewww that sucks man. i used a heat gun from work, dental floss, meguires paste wax to get the main big scratches off then waxed the trunk with meguires gold class liquid wax turned out perfect. my car had about 63,xxx miles on it when i decided to do the debadging.
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Old 06-21-2003, 04:23 PM   #12
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Its not too bad, I kind of like it with the 'ghost' effect

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Old 06-21-2003, 04:30 PM   #13
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eww... major ghosting.

best advice i can give you is to rub it off with your thumb (not your nail), then wash and wax. that's what i did and now there's no trace of emblems ever being there.

check it:

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Old 06-21-2003, 04:32 PM   #14
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your paint gives me the chills....

If you don't know how to detail then at least take it to a detailer... a reputable one...

that thing looks like its been through one too many automatic car washes...

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Old 06-21-2003, 07:33 PM   #15
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off topic...but do you have any pics of the interior of your care?

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Old 06-21-2003, 08:18 PM   #16
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Get a regular number two pencil and go to town with the eraser. It works REALLY well.

I did a 9 year old car and it looked just like yours did. The eraser and some wax afterwards took care of it...
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Old 06-21-2003, 08:20 PM   #17
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Okay, thanks for all the replies. I went to Advanced Auto parts and picked up some 3M adhesive remover for about $6. They didn't have 3M rubbing compound but they did have Turtle Wax rubbing compound for about $2. They had Mcguires clay bar for $13 or 14. I have rubbed it with my thumb really hard and that is how I got the majority of it off. Just today I scraped some off with my fingernail. I haven't tried the 3M stuff yet, but I'm about too.

Yes I do have some interior pics:
they are when I just got the car and the interior is kinda dirty. Maybe when i vacum it out this weekend I'll take some more.

more of those pics here: http://john.brier.name/gallery/first_shoot
check out my new stereo too: http://john.brier.name/gallery/car_stereo
be sure to check out the second page of the car_stereo because that's where the actual stereo is.
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Old 06-21-2003, 08:39 PM   #18
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When I debadged mine, I used goo gone to get all adhesive off, then clay bar, then swirl remover, then show car glaze, then wax. I did show car glaze/wax on the rest of the car as well (first wax). 4-5 weeks later i still saw a little ghosting/scratches, stronger swirl remover and a wax its great again.

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Old 06-21-2003, 09:20 PM   #19
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thanks for the pics, ive been looking everywhere.

man does that carpet look ugly though...going to have to find some new stuff when I get mine.

by the way...is your car an 02-03 or 04?

thanks

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edit: just looked at the album and saw it was an 02-03, whoops

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Old 06-21-2003, 09:20 PM   #20
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your paint gives me the chills....

If you don't know how to detail then at least take it to a detailer... a reputable one...

that thing looks like its been through one too many automatic car washes...

Bryan
well it hadn't been waxed in 3 weeks when I took those pics. I just waxed the part that gave you chills and it looks much better now. I couldn't get the adhesive off with 3M adhesive remover. My Dad thinks I'm being anal-retentive about it. He says I should just soak it in 3-in-1 oil every week to moisten the adhesive and in time it will come off. Also he thinks that I'd be absolutley crazy to use rubbing compound or swirl remover. He says those contain abrassives that will ruin my finish. I'm just going to chill and take his advice, hopefully it will go away in time. PS I've never taken it through an automatic car wash and don't intend to. They use very harsh chemicals in their cleaners from what I hear.
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Old 06-21-2003, 09:22 PM   #21
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thanks for the pics, ive been looking everywhere.

man does that carpet look ugly though...going to have to find some new stuff when I get mine.

by the way...is your car an 02-03 or 04?

thanks

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edit: just looked at the album and saw it was an 02-03, whoops
It's a 2002 model, manufactored in 2001. It says 2002 to the left of all my posts and NO I don't think the carpet looks ugly. I am satisfied with my interior. Except the silver painted plastic around the radio/ air/heat controls and around the front vents. I'm thinking of taking it out and painting it black.
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Old 06-21-2003, 10:19 PM   #22
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yeah man all those swirl marks made me cringe!

clay bar is your FRIEND! it is such a great product! it gets just about anything off!
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Old 06-21-2003, 11:04 PM   #23
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I have the same car -- midnight blue or midnight black or something. I wanted to remove only the 2.5RS Impreza. After two years in the sun I was worried about ghosting after debadging. I was also worried one of the "Goo" removers would screw up the paint, so I used WD40 and wound up using my fingernail to remove outlines similar to what your pics show. There was ghosting. I used a bug and tar cleaner to remove the WD and whatever, then hit it with Meguires Scratch X. The ghosting was gone. I hit it a couple more times with Scratch X, then polished and waxed it. Looks fine. Your shot of the S looks pretty scratched. My experience with Scratch X is that repeated applications continue to work to a point. But don't forget polish. My car gets scratched when you look at it so I always have a tube of Scratch X around. Hope that helps.
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Old 06-22-2003, 12:41 PM   #24
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try this use WD-40 rubb that crap off then wax it thats what i always do try it lata
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Old 06-22-2003, 01:59 PM   #25
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yea....that is exactly the reason why i decided not to debadge my car after 2 years in the sun...o well...paint job coming up for me =D
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