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Old 11-08-2005, 05:35 PM   #1
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I just finished debadging my 05 STi. I was hoping I wouldnt run into this problem but i did. After i removed the SUBARU lettering and all the adhesive, I can still see the outline of where the letters were. Anyone know how i can fix this, or do i need to take this to a professional body shop to get this taken care of??
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Old 11-08-2005, 05:40 PM   #2
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try some goo-gone, heard that stuff works really well
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Old 11-08-2005, 05:51 PM   #3
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wax it
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Old 11-08-2005, 05:51 PM   #4
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if its a color differance...power polish or buff ? just a thought
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Old 11-08-2005, 05:54 PM   #5
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yea i think im going to pep-boys tomorrow to buy some goodies. Anyone want to recommend to me some good wax and wash etc?
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Old 11-08-2005, 05:56 PM   #6
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have someone you know with a random orbital polisher get it out with some non aggressive pads and product.
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Old 11-08-2005, 05:56 PM   #7
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If you can still see the outlines of the lettering on your trunk, then you did not remove all the adhesive. I would park your car in a shaded spot, apply goo gone to it, let it sit for a bit, and then heat it up with a blow dryer. Then continue to rub it with your finger until it rubs away. It may take a while, don't rub too hard or else you'll develope a blister. After that, wash the area with car soap and water, then wax it over. It should be shiny and brand new after that.

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Old 11-08-2005, 06:11 PM   #8
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Old 11-08-2005, 06:22 PM   #9
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I used some scratch remover.
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Old 11-08-2005, 06:34 PM   #10
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WD-40 works great, with a cotton t-shirt, then wash and wax the trunk.....
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Old 11-08-2005, 06:39 PM   #11
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...if possible, a picture would really help.
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Old 11-08-2005, 06:49 PM   #12
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goo gone or WD-40, dont let it sit, just rub away with your thumb. takes anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. towel it off and then rinse with soap/water.
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Old 11-08-2005, 07:06 PM   #13
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just talked to one of my friends who also has a STi, he told me to use clay bar.
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Old 11-08-2005, 07:19 PM   #14
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If you can still see the outlines of the lettering on your trunk, then you did not remove all the adhesive. I would park your car in a shaded spot, apply goo gone to it, let it sit for a bit, and then heat it up with a blow dryer. Then continue to rub it with your finger until it rubs away. It may take a while, don't rub too hard or else you'll develope a blister. After that, wash the area with car soap and water, then wax it over. It should be shiny and brand new after that.

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all the adhesive is off, but its like as if the paint under the letters is more blue then the rest of it is... Im guessing the exposed paint faded a little? I was told that Maguires Clay Bar would solve this problem
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Old 11-08-2005, 07:26 PM   #15
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Hrm, sounds like there is still adhesive stuck to it. I would go ahead and try washing it with soap, applying the wax, and seeing if it's still hazed.

It should go away, the clay bar might not solve your problem - be sure that if you do get claybar, that you do it in a shaded area and use polish afterwards to put the shine back in, then coat it in wax afterwards.

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Old 11-08-2005, 07:38 PM   #16
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i really dont think theres any adhesive left. It looks as if the rest of the paint faded, except what was covered by the letters.
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Old 11-08-2005, 07:52 PM   #17
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Your paint could very well be faded if you park your car in the sun often, or it could be that paint that was under the letters has less swirls marks than the rest of your trunk. There could also be some grime or build up on the rest of your trunk that isn't where the letters were. I'd give the clay bar a shot and then polish and wax it. It's likely not as noticable to everone else since you know exactly where it is. Give it a few washes too, it may eventually blend in with the rest of the trunk. Luckily I debadged mine after the first couple of mounths that I had mine. Good luck.
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Old 11-08-2005, 08:12 PM   #18
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my car is brand new, i purchased it in august, and its a 05. So i really dont understand how the paint could have faded that quickly.
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Old 11-08-2005, 08:15 PM   #19
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Your paint could very well be faded if you park your car in the sun often, or it could be that paint that was under the letters has less swirls marks than the rest of your trunk. There could also be some grime or build up on the rest of your trunk that isn't where the letters were. I'd give the clay bar a shot and then polish and wax it. It's likely not as noticable to everone else since you know exactly where it is. Give it a few washes too, it may eventually blend in with the rest of the trunk. Luckily I debadged mine after the first couple of mounths that I had mine. Good luck.
polish it with what though????
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Old 11-08-2005, 08:16 PM   #20
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you bought it in august... but it sat on the lot for months
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Old 11-08-2005, 09:34 PM   #21
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try some brake cleaner
WRONG....

Try claybar... spray down the trunk with water, then rub a bit of claybar across it a few times.

Done.
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Old 11-08-2005, 09:38 PM   #22
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try some brake cleaner
never ever ever ever put brake cleaner on a painted surface (that you want to stay painted)

I hope that was a joke
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Old 11-09-2005, 08:10 AM   #23
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I used wash and wipe, stuff used to clean surfaces ready for painting. Washed it off quickly and waxed.

Your paint is definitly not faded (mines not and its a 98!) Just be sure to do a better job at cleaning and aply some elbow grease
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Once I debadged my trunk was left with all the letters in black adhesive on my trunk. I used Goo Gone but it took awhile and to let it set into the residue and it took a lot of rubbing. Dedicate some time to it and make sure you wax and you should be fine.

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Old 11-09-2005, 10:53 AM   #25
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Soares, As someone else mentioned, I highly doubt your paint is faded. Try a non-abrasive polish and then wax. The paint under the emblems is "virgin" territory. ......it hasn't been exposed to the elements, soap, buffers, towels, wax/polish products, etc. like the area around it. I had the same "ghosting" on my 2 month old black '03 and it came out by simply applying some Mothers cleaner wax I had laying around.
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