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Old 10-29-2002, 09:08 AM   #1
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Default Debadging question

I know in order to begin debadging I need a hair dryer so I can heat up the clue. Than I need dental floss to remove the "S U B A R U", and the "WRX" and "IMPREZA". What should I use to remove the annoying dealer sticker? And once I remove them how should I take the glue off?

By the way, I am picking my car up Saturday November 2. Purchased it for $25,000 out the door with taxes and fees. Its a 2003 Silver Subaru WRX with an armrest extension and rear deck spoiler.
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Old 10-29-2002, 09:20 AM   #2
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Not sure how to remove the dealer sticker but, those usually come of pretty easy by just peeling it. As for all the goo that's left, what better to use than Goo Gone! Use the Goo gone to remove all the glue, I recommend washing your car and then waxing the areas afterwards.

Hope this helps,
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Old 10-29-2002, 09:57 AM   #3
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I use adhesive remover. (I think it was "3m automotive adhesive remover.) I picked it up at a local auto parts place. A rag and a lot of rubbing while wearing a rubber glove and it all came off eventually.
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Old 10-29-2002, 12:35 PM   #4
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if your picking the car up, why not have the dealer take their own sticker off? just tell them you don't want it on your car.
Goo gone works great or any of the citrus type cleaners to get any residue off, but as mentioned just make sure to wash and wax when you are done.
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Old 10-29-2002, 02:58 PM   #5
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do not waste your time with the floss use it for your teeth instead. Just use a hair dryer and your hand or something that is bent at the tip to just pull it forward until you can get your finger behind it. I tried floss and it just broke and got stuck behind the lettering. Then make sure you clean it really well maybe with some edhesive remover then clean and wax. Do not worry if you can still see the S U B A R U because it will eventually go away especially if you clean and wax it after you remove it. dealer sticker i just pulled mine off with my hand because they used cheap tape. It is not glue that is holding the lettering on it is a gooey tape really and it will come right off.
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Old 10-29-2002, 10:48 PM   #6
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Just like everyone said, make sure you wax that area

Xenit from Stoner works well to get the adhesive off.
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Old 10-29-2002, 10:53 PM   #7
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Goo Gone Goo Gone Goo Gone!
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Old 10-29-2002, 11:48 PM   #8
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I just picked up mine on saturday (175 miles on it now), and I requested that the dealer didn't badge it so it would save them money and me time and they agreed. I got mine for 23,800 excluding ttyl... ~25000 out the door w/ spoiler and security.
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Old 10-30-2002, 01:19 AM   #9
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use ur fingers...that's what i did..

make sure u wax it afterwards tho...
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Old 10-30-2002, 02:07 AM   #10
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Yeah, tell the dealer not to put on their sticker. I hate those things. My dealer doesn't use them, but if they did, I'd tell them not to put it on, or else take off $500 from the final price to serve as my advertising fee (pretty cheap for 5-10 years of advertisement
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Old 10-30-2002, 09:56 AM   #11
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I followed the instructions of others and it was a snap - took around 1/2 hour. Used hair dryer which my son held. I used the dental floss in a sawing motion. Using the floss prevented me from burning my hands from the heat of the dryer and since I didn't actually bend the letter to pull them off it prevent the possibility of scratching the paint. Used a rag to remove most of the adhesive while still warm, the either Goo Gone or a good Bug and Tar Remover. Waxed it and looks like it was never there.
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Old 10-31-2002, 04:13 PM   #12
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Fishing Line works well also. A little sturdier than floss.

Mine came off no problem. I used my thumb to rub off most of the adhesive that was left and some citrus cleaner to get the rest.

Piece of cake.

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