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Removing fender flares - how do I remove the rubber gasket gunk?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by banketh, Jun 25, 2017.

  1. Jun 25, 2017 at 10:20 AM
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    banketh

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    What are you guys using to remove the leftover rubber gasket and adhesive when you pull off your fender flares? I've been trying goo gone and some aircraft decal remover, both with limited success. I'm thinking of maybe trying a buffing wheel, steel wool or a very light sandpaper.

    Any tips or tricks on this one? Seems like I'm gonna spend the rest of the summer trying to remove that shit....
     
  2. Jun 25, 2017 at 4:06 PM
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  3. Jun 26, 2017 at 11:45 AM
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    Ok maybe ill give that a shot, thanks.

    Does anyone know where to get new plastic clips and rubber seals if i want to reinstall them? Not having much luck searching here or google...
     
  4. Jun 26, 2017 at 11:48 AM
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    I had a serious problem getting the residue off of the hood from the previous owners bug deflector. What FINALLY got it off was acetone and a microfiber.

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  5. Jun 26, 2017 at 9:51 PM
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    I believe mineral spirits is Paint safe. Not sure if it would work on adhesive.
     
  6. Jun 26, 2017 at 9:52 PM
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    Try Camelback Toyota for the clips. They have a pretty good online inventory with part schematics.
     
  7. Jun 27, 2017 at 7:20 AM
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    Right on guys, thanks for all the help and advice! Maybe I shouldn't have 'spur of the moment' ripped those suckers off lol

    EatSleepTacos: Nice job on that hood! Looks really good, mustve taken quite a bit of elbow grease!
     
  8. Jun 27, 2017 at 8:47 AM
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    Note: I also found those plastic clips on Amazon finally, they call them rocker moulding clips. I kept searching for wheel flare clips or some variaton. It's all in the wording i suppose
     
  9. Jun 27, 2017 at 8:48 AM
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    using a clay bar would solve this I bet
     
  10. Jun 27, 2017 at 9:06 AM
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    heat that up with hairdryer
    or heat gun on 'don't melt my paint' setting

    and the other goops will have an easier time loosening it up
     
  11. Jun 27, 2017 at 11:52 AM
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    It really did!! I'm just so glad it's off. Next up is to touch up the hood with a paint pen!
     
  12. Jun 28, 2017 at 8:52 AM
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    Acetone on paint = really bad idea :eek:
     
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  13. Jun 28, 2017 at 9:38 AM
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    :duel: Worked great for me and the many times I've had to use it. Threw some wax on and it's good to go.
     
  14. Jun 28, 2017 at 1:20 PM
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    Ok after looking all over for new plastic mounting clips i discovered napa has them in stock for about $1 a piece. Same as Amazon and half the price the dealership wanted.

    Thanks again for all the help and advice guys!!
     
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