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How to clean this or replace it

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by shugashane562, Jan 26, 2019.

  1. Jan 26, 2019 at 3:35 PM
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    shugashane562

    shugashane562 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    This plastic film drives me bonkers, can I replace it? Do I need it? Can I just pull it off, hit it with some rubbing compound and wax and polish it?

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  2. Jan 26, 2019 at 3:38 PM
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    Lurkin

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    Get a soft toothbrush and some glass cleaner and that dirt line should come right off.
     
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  3. Jan 26, 2019 at 4:36 PM
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    Yeah, it looks like the dirt is just sticking to the adhesive that's just under the edge of the film.
     
  4. Jan 26, 2019 at 4:37 PM
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    Do you mean removing that protection film altogether?
     
  5. Jan 26, 2019 at 4:39 PM
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    I had the same issue with my 2015 Lexus IS. Ended up ripping it right off, then scrubbing the area with a microfiber cloth and a dab of goo-gone. The area underneath should already be freshly waxed since these protectors are put on right after the painting/waxing process of manufacturing. Wouldn't hurt to go over it though.
     
  6. Jan 26, 2019 at 4:54 PM
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    I used a heat gun plus some Goof Off. Mine looked worse because dirt had penetrated and gotten underneath.
     
  7. Feb 14, 2019 at 1:57 PM
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    Don't beat me up too bad for my first question.

    Mine is even worse and the door edge guard too. So Shugasshane, what did you end up doing? I'm thinking of peeling it off, but not sure how hard it is to place a new one on (I like the idea of the paint protection). Just thinking how hard it is to get a good window tint or screen protector installation.

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  8. Feb 14, 2019 at 5:49 PM
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    Not hard to put those pieces back on.Heat gun,qt of water and half a teaspoon of baby shampoo in a sprayer.Get a squeegee. Peal the old off and clean throughly as others have suggested then apply the clear film with the soap and water.Xpel films has shows a difficulty level on what they sell.Check them out.
     
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  9. Feb 14, 2019 at 7:37 PM
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    The same shit everyone else has.
    Having any issues pulling these off?

    Worried the 8 years/125k miles may cause some damage to the paint when trying to pull em up to replace.
     
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  11. Feb 14, 2019 at 8:05 PM
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    No issues with the paint, just a PITA getting the adhesive off.
     
  12. Feb 14, 2019 at 8:29 PM
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    My first thought exactly.
     
  13. Feb 14, 2019 at 9:12 PM
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    The same shit everyone else has.
    Good to hear. I’d hate to pull up the clear/paint up when pulling thes off.

    I plan on finally redoing mine after staring at the nasty dirty yellowed factory ones.
     
  14. Feb 15, 2019 at 8:13 AM
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    I removed all of mine on my truck. Its not needed.

    I had my tint guy take it off. He just used heat.

    DO NOT use rubbing compound. That is a heavy abraisive that should only be used be detailers with some experience and for serious paint damage.

    A simple optical grade polish should help clean up any old adhesive.

    Don’t use cleaner wax either. That stuff is junk and the wax can make it harder to remove the residue.

    A clay bar will be your friend here. Use heat gently and then clay what you can and polish the rest.
     
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  15. Feb 15, 2019 at 8:18 AM
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    The manufacturing (painting) process does not include wax. After removing the clear plastic and adhesive, I would highly recommended that the OP apply some form of protection such as wax or sealant.
     
  16. Feb 15, 2019 at 8:22 AM
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    You can remove it and a hair drier will loosen up the adhesive somewhat to make you job a bit easier. Some folks have said to remove it and leave it off, but beware. That clear film was put there by the manufacturer for a reason - to protect the paint from stone chips. So if you don't replace it, that area will be at risk for the paint chipping off. If you're not worried about that, do not replace the film. If you are worried about paint ships, apply new film. Your choice.
     
  17. Feb 15, 2019 at 9:18 AM
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    It protects your flare from rock chips,a little tiny bit of dirt around the edge hurts nothing,put your thoughts and energy someplace else on your truck.
     
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