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Removing factory graphics

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Lfr36, May 25, 2019.

  1. May 25, 2019 at 5:24 PM
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    Lfr36

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    20190518_185051.jpg I've got a 96 with flawless original paint. Want to find out if the paint will be faded or if will just need wet sanded and buffed. Didnt know if anyone had ran across this before. I appreciate any feedback.
     
  2. May 25, 2019 at 5:52 PM
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    lowtidejoe

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    Leave them on for $$$ down the road
     
  3. May 25, 2019 at 5:59 PM
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    Agree with leaving them on - dont mess with it.
     
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  4. May 25, 2019 at 6:18 PM
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    Agreed, leave em! I wish who ever had my tacoma before me would have left the badging on. I've tried tracking down the emblems, the rear pillar "SR5" badge alone is like $200, freaking insane
     
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  5. May 25, 2019 at 7:25 PM
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    hubcapsc

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    Taking the lawyer stickers off my new motorcycle tank was easy. Taking them off my
    old 97 motorcycle was hard and not perfect... at least your stickers are cool... I'd
    leave them...

    -Mike
     
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  6. May 25, 2019 at 7:29 PM
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    Don't do it! Leave them! They look great and that paint woooooow
     
  7. May 26, 2019 at 10:04 AM
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    what's the taligate look like?
    are the original graphics intact?
     
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  8. May 26, 2019 at 10:31 AM
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    jbrandt

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    You do you, but it seems like it would be fairly time consumig to get it all off. I know with my 2004, the clearcoat was gettig chipped (that’s another story) and the paint was differentially faded, and I dought it will ever look the same.

    Doesn’t seem worh it.
     
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  9. May 26, 2019 at 3:56 PM
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  10. May 26, 2019 at 4:16 PM
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  11. May 27, 2019 at 4:40 AM
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    Everything is original. The only rust I can find on the truck is the rear bumper. My uncle bought it new in 96.
     
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  12. May 27, 2019 at 4:46 AM
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    are you going to remove the graphics on the tailgate as well?
    your truck is in a 'select breed' with them on :cool:
     
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  13. May 27, 2019 at 4:49 AM
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    I was going to leave the tailgate alone. I still havent decided what I'm going to do.
     
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    Leave as is. Ensure you keep a nice wax job on it. And I think of those 15 pictures, it was just 3 pics repeated
     
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  15. May 27, 2019 at 4:51 AM
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    Yeah I'm still trying to figure out this website.
     
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  16. May 27, 2019 at 4:51 AM
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    i thought the pics were never going to end :)
     
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  17. May 27, 2019 at 4:57 AM
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    That we picture stuff we can forgive, removing those perfect mint graphics we cannot! :D
     
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  18. May 27, 2019 at 7:10 AM
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    cool looking decals, but if you want to remove them anyway, heat them up with a hairdryer and peel off with a scraper. If there is glue residue, a rag with gas or brake cleaner will take care of it
     
  19. May 27, 2019 at 7:21 AM
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    Reported.

    Edit: not really, but I just might report next person that helps him remove his graphics like he's asked :rofl:
     
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  20. May 27, 2019 at 7:27 AM
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    OME and worth every penny.
    Leave them. They look period correct, in good shape and will leave a mark when removed. No matter how good your paint is, if they are on there for 20+ yrs., the paint has faded around them.
     
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