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Old 07-31-2016, 09:06 PM   #1
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the logo decal on the back of my tt is chipped and faded. I would like to remove it. Does anyone know how to do this?
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:06 AM   #2
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People have tried it but someone said it will leave a shadow on the gel oat because the areas where there isn't a decal have changed color. One person said it looked worse than before. But no personal experience here. And some places do sell replacement decals.
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If the shadow occurs, can I paint the trailer? I would rather not replace it. I don't like to "advertise" a company.
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the logo decal on the back of my tt is chipped and faded. I would like to remove it. Does anyone know how to do this?
Check with your local auto body repair shop. They have a 'method' to remove those 'selling dealer decals' slapped on vehicles they sell. Body repair person told me they can remove the decal without damaging the finish.

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Old 08-01-2016, 12:40 PM   #5
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I just did this to my 2006 x160 and am quite pleased with the results. First I took a run at all the decals with a heat gun on it's low setting and a scraper with a plastic razor blade. That will allow you to pull off the sticker, but depending on how well you do it there will be some adhesive left behind.

Next I went over the areas that still had some signs of stickers or a lot of gunk and hit is with a stripe wheel and a drill. Be careful not to drill in one specific area for super long creating a burn spot. I never did create a burn spot yet was mindful as I was grinding away.
https://www.amazon.com/3M-Stripe-Whe.../dp/B00063VT0G

Finally, put on some long dish gloves grab a rag and a quart of acetone from the local h/w store and this will remove any left over adhesive.

When you're done you will see the areas that had the decals will have a shiny colorless feel whereas the rest of the gel coat is more dull. To my eye, it looks way better than having scrubby tattered fading decals.
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Here's a pic that may help you decide....
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Just did the same this evening actually. I used a smart eraser pad which connects to a drill and it basically erases the decal. No joke like a pencil eraser. Then from what's left (adhesive) I used 3M general purpose adhesive removal and wiped it clean. Pretty simple and easy. Bought everything at Wesco auto body supply.
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Old 08-05-2016, 10:16 AM   #8
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As others stated heat gun gets most off it off. The monkey snot glue can be removed with "Goof Off" cleaner
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It will likely leave a shiny area where the letters were. If you don't want the company name you could have an alternative decal made up with your name, a funny saying decorative stripe, or whatever.
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Old 08-19-2016, 04:38 PM   #10
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Goo Gone will dissolve the adhesive. And it won't damage the finish. Wax the area really good. This will shine up the surrounding area and help hide where the decal was. I've removed several off of my 2004.
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