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MatthewTimothy
04-01-2012, 12:28 PM
Was wondering if some of you know a good way to remove the adhesive tape from emblems off a vehicle. I've always done a plastic scrapper and goof off but there has to be an easier way!! Any good first hand experience?

ThinkRight
04-01-2012, 12:46 PM
A heat gun will help.
Lighter fluid works good,and will not melt plastic like goof-off.
Wd-40 will get off adhesive also

ThinkRight
04-01-2012, 12:48 PM
O.T.
How is Nashville nowdays ?
I moved from there about 12 years ago,and have not been back.

artbot
04-01-2012, 12:53 PM
when i have exhausted all possibilities, butyl cellosolve. soak the spot really good (it has no solvent in it). it gets inside of the adhesive and turns it into rubber non-stick boogers. just rub and roll them off.

MatthewTimothy
04-01-2012, 02:02 PM
O.T.
How is Nashville nowdays ?
I moved from there about 12 years ago,and have not been back.

Getting hot and humid too quickly. Already in the 80s here.

MatthewTimothy
04-01-2012, 04:38 PM
Any more ideas??

GAC05
04-01-2012, 05:34 PM
Not recommended by the Surgeon General or OSHA but around most mechanic's shops gasoline seems to be the universal cleaner for all things sticky.


wayne k
guam usa

tsgstl
04-01-2012, 05:47 PM
heat gun and a lil chisler to get the thick part off
then some rapide tac and the lil chisler some more

MatthewTimothy
04-01-2012, 05:49 PM
heat gun and a lil chisler to get the thick part off
then some rapide tac and the lil chisler some more

I've been doing that but a few chips of paint came off

tsgstl
04-01-2012, 05:51 PM
I've been doing that but a few chips of paint came off


Be Honest now.....
Did you use a screw driver or a putty knife to first remove the emblem?
Most likely that is the cause of your chips not a plastic tool and a orange based adhesive remover.

WildWestDesigns
04-01-2012, 06:16 PM
Be Honest now.....
Did you use a screw driver or a putty knife to first remove the emblem?
Most likely that is the cause of your chips not a plastic tool and a orange based adhesive remover.

Heat gun to warm it up and then a fishing line to cut thru the adhesive. After that goof off.

Sometimes you have to worry about the alignment pins (at least on the F-350 fender badging).

That's what I did to remove the stock badges off before I put custom badges for the farm on the DRW.

MatthewTimothy
04-01-2012, 10:23 PM
No I used actual plastic trim tools. I heated the spot with a heat gun and used a lil chisel to try and get the adhesive off. Than I used a towel and applied goo gone to get most of it off. Still have the adhesive left from the Titan emblems so I will be ordering some chemicals and a stripping wheel in the morning

MatthewTimothy
04-01-2012, 10:28 PM
Looking at vinyl off or adhesive remover by rapidtac.

Mosh
04-01-2012, 11:06 PM
Goof Off? Are you serious? Try 3M ADHESIVE REMOVER!!!! Designed by 3M to....you guessed it, REMOVE ADHESIVE!!!! Goof Off is for removing stickers from gifts so you can re-gift them, not commercial adhesive.

Any NAPA or automotive paint place carries it. Still not a magic bullet and required elbow grease, but 10,000 times faster than Goof Off!!!

WildWestDesigns
04-01-2012, 11:15 PM
Goof Off? Are you serious? Try 3M ADHESIVE REMOVER!!!! Designed by 3M to....you guessed it, REMOVE ADHESIVE!!!! Goof Off is for removing stickers from gifts so you can re-gift them, not commercial adhesive.


I wish the original badges had commercial grade adhesive, but they really are that weak. Cleaned up really nice. Now you are right the ones that are on the a/m badges, hard pressed to get goo gone to work, but for factory badges it does work.

I'm sorry, I had originally meant goo gone, not goof off.

MatthewTimothy
04-01-2012, 11:16 PM
Man I looked for the 3M stuff at two auto stores. Ended up at home depot getting adhesive remover

Mosh
04-01-2012, 11:32 PM
goo gone, goof off...? All that hippie citris stuff doesn't work like some good ol' hard core petro based chemicals...and the 3M stuff smellls better anyways! AND you can make cool fire tricks with it as well...but that is another story....

MatthewTimothy
04-01-2012, 11:41 PM
You ever use vinyl off or rapidtac stuff? Has anyone used the wheel??

GAC05
04-01-2012, 11:48 PM
I've used vinyl off and it works on both vinyl and the adhesive left behind.
But not as fast as Shell V-Power
(Shell V-Power high performance fuel contains powerful cleaning technology. By helping to prevent the build up of deposits on the engine’s inlet valves – and helping to remove those left behind by other fuels – the cleaning components can enhance everyday driving performance and responsiveness.)

wayne k
guam usa

Mosh
04-01-2012, 11:48 PM
I use the 3M wheel and they work AWESOME! But you will need the 3M remover to clean up all the "graphic dust" it leaves behind. I use mind on an air drill, works great. Also the MBX tool is the same, don't have one but hear they are great.

MatthewTimothy
04-02-2012, 10:09 AM
can a MBX wheel be swapped on a die grinder?? Just realized it was a tool but not an attachment like 3M

d fleming
04-02-2012, 10:26 AM
I use rapid remover. I just pour a small amount over top of emblem and let it sit a while. Pull some, pour some, pull some, pour some. Takes a few minutes but it will come off.

MatthewTimothy
04-02-2012, 10:36 AM
I use rapid remover. I just pour a small amount over top of emblem and let it sit a while. Pull some, pour some, pull some, pour some. Takes a few minutes but it will come off.

adhesive and all?? I just order 3M removal and Vinyl Off Remover. Got the 3M wheel, too. Curious to see how it will work on the adhesive from the trim and emblems. I think i have 20 trim tools now!!

J Hill Designs
04-02-2012, 10:45 AM
goo gone, goof off...? All that hippie citris stuff doesn't work like some good ol' hard core petro based chemicals...and the 3M stuff smellls better anyways! AND you can make cool fire tricks with it as well...but that is another story....

goof-off is petro based - with some xylene and acetone...

definitely not hippy stuff

d fleming
04-02-2012, 11:16 AM
Everything. Clean down to paint.
adhesive and all?? I just order 3M removal and Vinyl Off Remover. Got the 3M wheel, too. Curious to see how it will work on the adhesive from the trim and emblems. I think i have 20 trim tools now!!

MatthewTimothy
04-02-2012, 12:08 PM
thanks

tyzero
04-02-2012, 03:21 PM
MBX electric all the way. They are well worth the $500 they cost. Saves a ton of time and I dont think you would be able to get the wheel portion to mate to a drill.
The mbx air tool is ok but when you are on location who has air avaliable?

Charlie J
04-02-2012, 03:26 PM
Rapid Remover