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Film Protection Removal

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Silva1181, Jan 18, 2022.

  1. Jan 18, 2022 at 12:04 PM
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    Silva1181

    Silva1181 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hello, I recently purchased my Tacoma and knew that I would have to take care of removing the ugly/worn out film protection near the rear tires. I used a heat gun and plastic scraper to remove as much of the top layer as I could. I then used automotive tar remover and automotive goo-gone, both have helped a little.

    I am struggling with removing what appears to remaining glue residue. My fingernails are killing me from trying to scrap the final layer of glue. I want to avoid using the heat gun too much as well as the chemicals.

    I would appreciate any help from other members who had to deal with this, (if any).

    Thank you!

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  2. Jan 18, 2022 at 12:18 PM
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    Ok, I should have searched a bit more before posting. I will try the Turtle Wax product used by others and hope it works. My truck is a 2013 and from the looks of it the film took a beating.
     
  3. Jan 18, 2022 at 4:31 PM
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    WD40 works well on some adhesives. Just let it soak in for a bit.
     
  4. Jan 18, 2022 at 4:40 PM
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    Thanks. I gave up trying to find the Turtle Wax product for a descent delivery window and only two locations had it. One never responded and the other had a delivery of end of Feb.

    I decided to buy a bottle of mineral spirits and will continue tomorrow.
     
  5. Jan 18, 2022 at 5:14 PM
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    Just be careful. If left on too long or not cleaned off well after done it can go through paint. :hattip:
     
  6. Jan 19, 2022 at 5:20 AM
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    I read a lot have good luck with this. Wash thoroughly once finish
     
  7. Jan 19, 2022 at 5:32 AM
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    Thanks for the information.
     
  8. Jan 19, 2022 at 5:36 AM
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    I don't know if this would work, but nail polish remover seems to remove glue quickly
     
  11. Jan 31, 2022 at 12:23 PM
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    Thanks. I used a heat gun, Goo-Gone, mineral spirts, tar remover and the 3m product, all with a plastic scraper. I also tried as a final step my rotary buffer with some compound. 98% of is off, but you can still see small sections of glue, but I give up as I am surprised I didn't remove the clear coat and paint with everything I threw at this.

    I also want to remove the two smaller pieces of clear film in the lower back door section since they have a build up of dirt in the edges. I tried a toothpick, qtip and gave up with this as well since each time i tried to get the dirt out, the film started to crack away. It's so brittle.
     
  12. Jan 31, 2022 at 12:41 PM
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    good luck as that is a lot of work
     

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