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Pinstripe Removal (How To)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by n2advnture, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. Jun 1, 2010 at 11:21 AM
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    n2advnture

    n2advnture [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Mark
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    Vehicle:
    2007 Double Cab 4x4 TRD Sport Longbed
    Front skid plate color matched to wheels, Weather Tech floor mats, Window visors, Bug deflector, Exhaust tip, Bed mat, EZ down tail gate, Redline hood struts, Cover Wet Okole custom seat covers w/ heaters, FJ Anthracite Special Edition Wheels, 265/75/R16 BFG All-Terrain KOs, Pioneer Avic Z110BT, Back up cam in Pop N Lock, XTang Solid Fold tonneau, Escort Xi45 hardwired radar detector, Scan Gauge II
    I did a search on pinstripe removal because the ones on the truck when I bought (used) a couple of months ago were brittle and fading. Plus, they didn't look right with the FJ Special Edition Anthracite wheels.

    I found a ton of various methods including a detailing tool that attaches to a drill to take them off but black paint being what it is, I decided not to risk damaging it.

    So, I decided to try to remove them this weekend. This method worked out well and looks much better but took a little time (I also took the opportunity to debadge using the fishing line method).

    Some areas of the truck were easier to peel off than others. Some areas required scraping where as some areas I was able to peel off in sections from 1/4" to 3-4" before it snapped.

    I found that it was best to let the truck rest in the sun for several hours, so it's probably best to do this in the mid afternoon (2 o'clock-ish) but reserve the use of the bug & tar remover until the truck cools down or else you will just smear around the adhesive residue.

    Tools:
    Thumbnail
    6 Beer (optional)
    Bug & Tar remover (for adhesive residue, works for debadging too)
    Total time: ~3 hours

    I hope this helps

    Next up, powder coating the tube steps and skid plate to match the wheels.

    ~Mark

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  2. Jun 1, 2010 at 11:24 AM
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    Doc.SS

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    the beer is messing you up....lol
     
  3. Jun 1, 2010 at 11:24 AM
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    Doc.SS

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    btw...the wheels look like a$$...you need to remove them and trade with me. ;)


    looks good..!!
     
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