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Old 05-11-2012, 01:35 PM
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Default How to get pinstriping off?

My girlfriend just bought a 2007 nissan altima yesterday, and its a beautiful car, accept for the fact it has an ugly pinstripe down ether side of the car they she wants off. What are some safe products i can use to get the reminance off after i got the decal off? its pretty sundried and comes off fairly easy just by using your nail but its leaving a bit of a residue behind, what will take that off without fogging her paint or destroying it? Goo gone? goof off?

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WD-40 works best for me. Let it soak for a good 30 sec before you wipe it off.


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it wont mess her paint up at all?
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go to a local parts store or like a carquest and get a 3m product called general adhesive remover, it works wonders, i used it to take the paper covering on plexiglass that had sat outside for like 2 years, and it came right off!! the 3m part number is 08984 for a quart can, and 08987 for a spray can, GOOD LUCK
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wd-40 can cause harsh chemicals to stay and the surface and soak in and can make your paint lift, and dont use lacquer thinner!
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I prefer to use a hairdryer or heat gun... or just wait for a 90 degree day.

I gently use my fingernail to start the peal and then pull downward at a 45 degree angle and reset my fingers every few inches to make sure the pinstripe doesn't break.

This method removes the pinstripe and adhesive leaving very little adhesive residue.

then use goo gone or acetone or normal gasoline to wipe off the residue.

After using a "cleaner", it's best to wash the car to remove the "cleaner" residue.


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WD40 Harsh chemicals? nah.. WD40 is 100% paint safe...
but I wouldn't use it because of the oily residue it leaves.
If you do use WD40 or PB Blaster or other penetrating lubricant, you can use Windex to remove the oily residue.

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go and buy a real adhesive remover, do not, i say again do not use acetone or gas, its not good for your paint!
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I prefer to use a hairdryer or heat gun... or just wait for a 90 degree day.

I gently use my fingernail to start the peal and then pull downward at a 45 degree angle and reset my fingers every few inches to make sure the pinstripe doesn't break.

This method removes the pinstripe and adhesive leaving very little adhesive residue.

then goo gone or acetone or normal gasoline can be used to wipe off the residue.

After using a "cleaner", it's best to wash the car to remove the "cleaner" residue.

x2, i've removed a few pinstripes this way....do not use a credit card to peel it off.
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getting the pinstripe off isnt the hard part. its just the little bit of residue it leaves behind. i suppose i will cross that bridge once all the pinstripes are off.
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I was a car deatailer for 5 years. I always used a heat gun, plastic razor, and mineral spirits. Once you get a section started, it should come up fairly easy if the stripping is not that old or dry rotted.
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