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Old 03-21-2004, 08:11 PM   #1
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is there any holes on the trunk if i shave everything off?

doing it myself or should i bring it to a body shop?
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Old 03-21-2004, 08:46 PM   #2
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If you are talking about removing the emblems on the back fo the car then here are the steps:

1) Get a hair dryer and warm up the badge and surrounding area. Be careful here, cause too hot and you could do some damage to your paint. This should take a few minutes. The badge and body should feel warm to the touch.

2) Next take some dental floss and start working around the back of the badge. It is stuck on with some auto adhesive. Don't worry if you don't get all the adhesive off.

3) Now take some Goo-Gone or similar adhesive removal product and work it into what is left of the adhesive. Be patient, so you don't scratch your paint. The goo should just come right off after you rub the remover onto it.

4) Once all the adhesive is off, wash that area of the car. (this is an opportunity to wash and wax the car)

5) Wax and buff to a shine. Enjoy the new bare booty of your suby!

There are no holes behind those emblems, so do this yourself and save a few bucks over going to a body shop. Good luck.
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Old 03-21-2004, 09:00 PM   #3
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I didn't do it the way shown above

What i did is

1) got some 10 guage fishing wires from walmart, actually used only about 20cm which didn't even break when i did mine.

2) spray some WD40, then scrap the rest off. Use alternative method if desired.

3) Polish with polishing compound. Don't use wax, it's gonna cover the adhesive with wax.

4) Paint sealant the entire trunk.

Done and enjoy your badgeless trunk !
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Old 03-21-2004, 09:02 PM   #4
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won't wd40 take some of the paint off?
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Old 03-21-2004, 09:19 PM   #5
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I just got dental floss and sawwed away...then again, it was a two day old car
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Old 03-21-2004, 09:24 PM   #6
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I just got dental floss and sawwed away...then again, it was a two day old car
how'd you get the adhesive off? there must've been some left overs.
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Old 03-21-2004, 10:23 PM   #7
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Use "Goo-Gone" as I have indicated to get the gunk off. Get a bottle of that stuff, cause it's handy around the house.

I usually dilute some on a wet cloth to wipe my car down before I wax to get any road crap off the paint. I had a 4 year old Audi before I traded up to the STI and my friends always commented on how shiny and new my Audi looked.
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Old 03-21-2004, 10:29 PM   #8
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GooGone is always good but I jsut got my student card and slowly peeled it off..took patience but turned out great.
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Old 03-21-2004, 10:40 PM   #9
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GooGone is always good but I jsut got my student card and slowly peeled it off..took patience but turned out great.
i used my safeway card instead !
student card is 17 bucks a piece , isn't it?
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Old 03-21-2004, 10:41 PM   #10
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won't wd40 take some of the paint off?
no it didn't. I sprayed some WD40 on, then start using a safeway card to scrap the rest off. Easy and simple. but make sure u gave your car a nice shampoo after having the WD40 on the paint surface.
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Old 03-21-2004, 10:45 PM   #11
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Old 03-24-2004, 11:24 AM   #12
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thanks for the step

now i just need to figure out what to shave off...
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Old 03-28-2004, 06:43 PM   #13
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does it matter if the dental floss is waxed or not?
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Old 03-29-2004, 03:25 PM   #14
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Goo-Gone has acetone in it.

Not something I would be putting on paint.
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Old 03-29-2004, 08:37 PM   #15
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Goo-Gone has acetone in it.

Not something I would be putting on paint.

I've never had any issues with using goo-gone, and I've used it exclusively for years now to get adhesive off the paint.

Of course, you don't marinate your car in it, just pour some on a rag, and rub off the adhesive.


I just did this over the weekend, and it looks a lot better. The scoobie has a nice @ss, it just needs to be shown off
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Old 03-29-2004, 08:45 PM   #16
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My way...

1. Hair/blow dryer
2. dental floss/fishing wire
3. goo-gone
4. Meguiar's scratch x (To gain back the smooth feel)
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Old 03-29-2004, 10:32 PM   #17
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Hypa,

Notice the dull spots where the goo gone (acetone) has broken down the clearcoat?

Yes, I discovered this when trying to remove some road tar off another vehicle.

Any which way you go, putting any type of solvent on nicely finished (painted) surfaces is not a good idea, period.

A much better product for removing adhesive from paint is citrus based surface cleaner available at: acklands, home depot, revy etc.

Now looking at the Goo gone website, I see they have a 'New' application for cars... again citrus based as appears to be all there products.

Although there isn't a WHIMIS sheet online, I would be willing to bet that the reason you don't use the original goo gone on cars because it has bad effects on the paint, and this would be the principle reason why they developed a product solely for cars; a couple of lawsuits would defineately motivate a company to change there approach.

And the realization that no matter how smart the company thinks it is, people are always dumber... well, it's just logic.
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Old 03-30-2004, 11:39 AM   #18
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Hypa,
A much better product for removing adhesive from paint is citrus based surface cleaner available at: acklands, home depot, revy etc.

Now looking at the Goo gone website, I see they have a 'New' application for cars... again citrus based as appears to be all there products.
Interesting points 2fcknfst.
My Goo Gone is citrus based, and safe for use on painted surfaces. I guess I could have bought a new version of the stuff?

At any rate, my WRX is silver, so any sort of blemishes aren't really noticible. However, I used it on my truck too, which is a dark blue, and there were no ill effects. I agree with what you're saying though, I guess I just wasn't that clear about what I was actually using.
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Old 03-30-2004, 01:06 PM   #19
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this method applys to the front grill emblem as well right?

BTW if i take off my front badge (oval) can i reuse it again to put on a different grill? if so what should i use to stick it back on?
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Old 03-30-2004, 02:28 PM   #20
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this method applys to the front grill emblem as well right?

BTW if i take off my front badge (oval) can i reuse it again to put on a different grill? if so what should i use to stick it back on?
If it's anything like the WRX, the oval badge itself is in an inset into an oval in the grill. Bottom line? If you remove the emblem, you'll have an oval left in the grill.
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Old 03-30-2004, 07:32 PM   #21
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Just go out to your car and do it !!

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Old 03-30-2004, 07:55 PM   #22
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does it matter if the dental floss is waxed or not?
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Old 03-30-2004, 07:57 PM   #23
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just get the waxed one !

even better, use fishing lines -- it won't break as easily as dental floss ! use 8 guage or 10 guage fishing lines
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Old 04-01-2004, 07:06 PM   #24
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Don't use dental floss, it is harder. I didn't even use goo gone. I used a blow dryer and did each letter individually. Heated for 1 minute on low setting, and busted out my credit card and pushed all the goo to the enter of the inside of the badging, and twisted it off slowly. Then just scraped goo off with plastic credit card and waxed the trunk. Easy as pie.
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Old 07-09-2004, 11:07 PM   #25
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Use "Goo-Gone" as I have indicated to get the gunk off. Get a bottle of that stuff, cause it's handy around the house.

I usually dilute some on a wet cloth to wipe my car down before I wax to get any road crap off the paint. I had a 4 year old Audi before I traded up to the STI and my friends always commented on how shiny and new my Audi looked.
I know this is an old post, but Goo Gone = The Shnit. It works wonders.

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