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Old 10-10-2014, 10:32 AM   #1
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Removing Decals - Older Paint

I'm hoping one of the paint or detail gurus can help me out here. I would like to remove my TRD bedside decals. I know how to remove them. Question is....

My paint is in good condition, but being five years old, it is not perfect by any means. When I remove those bedside decals, I'm assuming there will be a pretty visible outline. What can I do, if anything, to remedy this? Would I be better off leaving them on?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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I would leave them, five years could fade the color of the car leaving the under side of the decal unfaded.
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Well i removed side decals and big TOYOTA on the tailgate of my 95 Tacoma like 2 years ago. I used 3M Eraser. Basically it goes on a power drill and its like a giant eraser, it takes off decals without any harm to the clear coat or paint. Works unbelievable. Trust me its scary at first but takes it off no problem. Then i used 3M rubbing compound twice and then waxed the entire area. Never knew it was there after 15+ years of it on there.
So don't be afraid the decals are over the clear coat. The rubbing compound just takes a micro layer off
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Il post before and after pics in a few...
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The Trick is in the Rubbing Compound.
Here is the Eraser - http://www.amazon.com/AES-Industries.../dp/B0020HQRQC

I picked it up at Autozone I think, basically any auto parts store should have it
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Well i removed side decals and big TOYOTA on the tailgate of my 95 Tacoma like 2 years ago. I used 3M Eraser. Basically it goes on a power drill and its like a giant eraser, it takes off decals without any harm to the clear coat or paint. Works unbelievable. Trust me its scary at first but takes it off no problem. Then i used 3M rubbing compound twice and then waxed the entire area. Never knew it was there after 15+ years of it on there.
So don't be afraid the decals are over the clear coat. The rubbing compound just takes a micro layer off
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The Trick is in the Rubbing Compound.
Here is the Eraser - http://www.amazon.com/AES-Industries.../dp/B0020HQRQC

I picked it up at Autozone I think, basically any auto parts store should have it
Awesome! Looks great, Chris. Thanks for sharing. I'm definitely going to give this a shot over the winter. The TURD decal has worn out it's welcome.
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