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ruined Undercover Tonneau

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by rbeezy, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. Dec 22, 2010 at 11:23 PM
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    rbeezy

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    so i removed the Undercover decal on my tonneau and used Goo Gone to try and remove the adhesive... bad idea!!

    the goo gone eats thru the cover and changes the color to a faded black. i've tried "Back to Black" but no help. anybody know what i can use to bring the color back without using spray paint. im thinking of using black liquid shoe polish... any other ideas?
     
  2. Dec 22, 2010 at 11:33 PM
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    Black nail polish, maybe. Never seen an one of those covers up close enough to really call it.
     
  3. Dec 22, 2010 at 11:39 PM
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    OZ-T Quite an experience to live in fear , isn't it ?

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    Goo Gone and nail polish are both basically solvents , I would avoid a repeat performance .

    You should post this question in the detailing section , you are bound to get some help there .
     
  4. Dec 22, 2010 at 11:47 PM
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    mods, can you move this to the Detailing section? thanks
     
  5. Dec 23, 2010 at 12:58 AM
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  6. Dec 23, 2010 at 1:04 AM
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    Based on my limited research on the product and seeing similar reports, the Undercover is obviously not solvent friendly. I had a set of plastic revolver grips that was quickly melted by GunScrubber, yet my Glocks and plastic AR furniture aren't affected by it. I'm no expert on plastics, but I know some can take it and some can't.

    I don't have an Undercover, but if it's the type of plastic I'm thinking of, I'd probably experiment with various grades of sandpaper and try using a heat gun (gently) to restore it to something closer to the original finish and texture. If it's JUST the color and no deformation of the material, and a little heat from the heat gun didn't do anything, I might try some Rit dye or something.
     
  7. Dec 23, 2010 at 1:14 AM
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    Or, just rub down the rest of the top with Goo Gone to match. :D
     
  8. Dec 23, 2010 at 1:27 AM
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    thisiskirk88 I aint Captain Kirk

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    im going to have to disagree on this one.. haha
     
  9. Dec 23, 2010 at 6:25 AM
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    KPT sees what you did there.

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    Just re-apply the sticker to cover it up.
     
  10. Dec 23, 2010 at 11:01 PM
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    Duct tape works good for removing adhesive that is left over when removing stickers.
     
  11. Dec 23, 2010 at 11:09 PM
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    so far ive used Color Magic and black shoe polish... the Color Magic helped a little bit, but still noticeable
     
  12. Dec 24, 2010 at 10:02 AM
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    Useful information; thanks for passing on your experience. I'll remember not to do that with my Undercover.

    Why not spray paint? If you're wanting it to be a glossy black, maybe you could just mask around the area and hit the spot gently with some black Krylon. Maybe overspraying that spot and the surrounding area with a semi-gloss clear coat would get you in the neighborhood.

    Caveat - I'm no detailer or auto body guy, with not much mechanical experience. It's just an idea. Want an epidural? Hand me the needle and you're good to go. Want mechanical work on your truck and hand me a wrench? Come back in an hour to fix what I've messed and then do it right yourself. ;)

    TXBulldawg: Gunscrubber markets a "plastic-safe" version that is essentially the same as non-chlorinated brake cleaner. I still try to keep it off polymer stuff, but it hasn't damaged Magpul or A2 furniture on my ARs. It's great for cleaning the bolt carrier, but strips oil from everything it touches. Be sure to lube everything it touches afterwards, or you'll get rust spots.
     
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    Amazing how fast that crap melts grips,,:rolleyes:.



    Find a wide tip black permanent marker for the touch up on the mellted tonneau.
     
  14. Dec 24, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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    How about taping it off and trying to shoot it with some gloss black spray paint.
     
  15. Dec 24, 2010 at 10:48 AM
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    Im getting there......
    man that sucks i got rid of my undercover decal with gasoline.....goo gone on plastic is bad idea
     
  16. Dec 24, 2010 at 11:02 AM
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    Depending on the paint, the solvents in that could really kill it.

    There is some stuff called Marhyde made by 3M that is a interior/exterior vinyl paint that might work. check with your auto paint store, they might help.
     
  17. Dec 24, 2010 at 11:05 AM
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    Why not call the manufacturer and see if they can send you a container of the paint they use? Maybe they have rattle cans of it for touch ups in the factory.
     
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