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Removing dealer pinstripes - how to?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by valeyellow46, Apr 6, 2019.

  1. Apr 6, 2019 at 5:01 PM
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    valeyellow46

    valeyellow46 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So I test drove another Cav Blue today and was pretty happy with it - no steering wheel vibrations or bad alignment on this one - I also noticed this one had the Toyos instead of the Hankooks.

    That said - is there any way to safely get rid of those dealer added pinstripes? I'm told they are NOT vinyl.

    I've heard acetone - but doesn't sound safe. I really wish they wouldn't put that nonsense on the trucks but they did.....

    Thanks for any advice.
     
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  2. Apr 6, 2019 at 5:07 PM
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    kjhadfield

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    Just peel it off, using finger nails and clean up with goo gone.

    Or are you saying it’s painted on
     
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  3. Apr 6, 2019 at 5:08 PM
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    valeyellow46

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    I'm told it's paint, it looks like paint too, vinyl is pretty easy to recognize.
     
  4. Apr 6, 2019 at 5:09 PM
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    Didn’t even know that was a thing
     
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  5. Apr 6, 2019 at 5:10 PM
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    Boghog1

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    find a different dealer or make them take into account the depreciation it is causing, pinstripes in 2019 is a sacrilege
     
  6. Apr 6, 2019 at 5:11 PM
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    Jaymes

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    I wouldn't think they are painted on. The labor cost would be extreme if done right. Most painted on pinstripes are reserved for custom/classic restorations. However, if they are indeed painted on, I would find another truck without that B.S.
     
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  8. Apr 6, 2019 at 5:13 PM
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    El Duderino

    El Duderino Who the hell cares about MPGs, its a truck

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    Hot rod, muscle car yup. Mid size modern pick up nope. I watched my dad walk off the lot over pinstripes on a GMC Jimmy in 2000
     
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  9. Apr 6, 2019 at 5:14 PM
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    We had them painted on our Lexus ES and the dealer removed them for us. No idea how. And yes, it was absolutely custom painted stripes.
     
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  10. Apr 6, 2019 at 5:15 PM
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    Pinstripes? Is it 1990? Did they also try and upsell for some chrome rocker panels?
     
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  11. Apr 6, 2019 at 5:16 PM
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    I walked away from a truck with the LED bed lights that the dealer was overcharging for. They wouldn't even drop the cost down to half, so I left. I was getting phone calls before I even got 3 miles down the road, but I said, "It's too late now, you have shown me what kind of operation you are running, I will buy from someone else."
     
  12. Apr 6, 2019 at 5:17 PM
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    and gold plated emblems
     
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  13. Apr 6, 2019 at 5:18 PM
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    Been wanting to take these off since I got the truck.(1 year) hair dryer and the hot Florida sun, picked it off with my fingernail and then finished with alcohol and a microfiber cloth. It wasn’t too bad. All in all took me about 30 minutes but I still have a little goo here and there but my son woke up from his nap so it’ll get finished tomorrow. Overall wasn’t hard at all and I should have done it sooner.

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  14. Apr 6, 2019 at 6:05 PM
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    Sorry it's not high res but you can see the pinstripe if you look close enough - I looked at it where it ended, and it looked like paint, but maybe I'm wrong. Hopefully I'm wrong.

    IMG_0653.jpg
     
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    I've heard acetone is used - but I'm not sure that's safe and I really don't want my clear coat affected AT ALL even if it's .00000001 mils.
     
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  16. Apr 6, 2019 at 6:07 PM
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    I ride with a couple of Goldwingers and the trick to removing the painted stripes on those bikes is oven cleaner. If vinyl then the hairdryer trick works well.
     
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  17. Apr 6, 2019 at 6:10 PM
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    Take your fingernail and pick at the very corner and see if it comes off, if it’s vinyl you should at least be able to pick and feel the ridge
     
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    tell the dealer you got a quote of $250 to remove it and tell them to take it off the price plus remove the amount they are charging for it
     
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  19. Apr 6, 2019 at 6:41 PM
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    I’d be totally shocked if you couldn’t peel that right off but if it was me and I loved the truck I’d still get it, the strip blends in and doesn’t stick out once I saw the pic.
     
  20. Apr 6, 2019 at 6:46 PM
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    StayinStock

    StayinStock JENN!!!

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    If it's not paint follow post #14 advice. They will look like this when you are done.
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