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Old 01-14-2004, 10:32 PM   #1
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Default Removal of CARMAX decals?

How would one go about properly removing decals off the paint of your Saturn? These decals are from CARMAX on the rear of my black LW300 and guess what... not only do I not like that free-advertising junk on my car, but its not level. Weee...

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Old 01-14-2004, 11:00 PM   #2
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Call carmax and see what they say. Either that or check on an automotive detailing site. Most give expert advice on those types of problems.

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Old 01-14-2004, 11:33 PM   #3
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Shhhh... I never said this, but trust me, they peel right off. Just use your finger nail real carefully. There may be slight residue after you take it off, but it will fade out in less than a month.

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Old 01-15-2004, 02:10 AM   #4
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Shhhh... I never said this, but trust me, they peel right off. Just use your finger nail real carefully. There may be slight residue after you take it off, but it will fade out in less than a month.
He's right. Just peel them off with your thumbnail. A little bug and tar remover will take off the adhesive residue. Apply new wax. Done!

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Old 01-15-2004, 08:00 AM   #5
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I've had great luck with lighter fuel for removing sticker residue w/o paint damage.

Don't use stuff like Goo-Gone though.

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Old 01-15-2004, 08:31 AM   #6
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WD-40 is also quite effective and safe for the finish.

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Old 01-15-2004, 09:08 AM   #7
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Use a blow dryer or a heat gun to warm up the glue. If you use a heat gun be careful not to heat up the paint too much. All you want to do is warm up the glue. The decal should peel off pretty easily.

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Old 01-15-2004, 11:23 PM   #8
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Be careful with heat--I've also seen it make sticker glue a gooey mess when it normally would have just peeled off. Try peeling first.
I personally recommend sticker remover or WD-40. Both work well.

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Old 01-15-2004, 11:59 PM   #9
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To remove the residue use GooGone , it's much gentler on the finish then lighter fluid as some one suggested.

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Old 01-16-2004, 11:49 AM   #10
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To remove the residue use GooGone , it's much gentler on the finish then lighter fluid as some one suggested.

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I concur, goo gone seems to work very well, I have used it in the past with no adverse effects.

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Old 01-16-2004, 03:15 PM   #11
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How did you like buying from CarMax??

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Old 01-16-2004, 03:20 PM   #12
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How did you like buying from CarMax??
It was okay. This is the second car that I've purchased from carmax. The first one was a good car and the dealing went well. Overall, I'd give carmax high points for non-aggressive (aka. not annoying) salesmanship and the overall process was pretty quick and painless. Plus they gave me more on my trade in than any other dealership I checked with.

I'd do it again.

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Though I wasn't the one who posted the original question, I'll say 'thanks' to the suggestions as well since my car has a Carmax sticker on it which I wouldn't mind removing... :-)

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Old 01-18-2004, 11:21 PM   #14
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It was okay. This is the second car that I've purchased from carmax. The first one was a good car and the dealing went well. Overall, I'd give carmax high points for non-aggressive (aka. not annoying) salesmanship and the overall process was pretty quick and painless. Plus they gave me more on my trade in than any other dealership I checked with.

I'd do it again.
My experience was about the same. All of the other places it was like circling vultures. If you actually asked a question it was like blood in the water with sharks.

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Old 01-19-2004, 08:39 AM   #15
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Just a follow up:
I removed those CARMAX decals in about 5 minutes using just my finger nails! (And no, i don't have long, magical finger nails or anything.. just the normal stubby things). Came off really easy. Just gotta hit that area with a few layers of Zaino and it'll be perfect. Actually, the Zaino is for the entire car. Already have one coat on it and that black finish is looking great. Gimmie 3 or 4 more layers and I'll be able to see into the dark recesses of my soul through that reflection.
BTW, I'm pretty impressed with the quality of the Saturn's paint job. Looks

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Old 01-19-2004, 05:34 PM   #16
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When we bought the Metro back in late '95, the dealer put this huge metal logo on the trunk right above the keyhole. My dad went out there and tore it off and oops, did I do thaaat? It left a big mark from the two-sided tape that held it on... thank God they use something other than that now lol...

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