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queeniee
29-06-05, 05:27 PM
Hello, Cobra friends:
Last week-end, I participated to the competition:King of Europe where I was given a number on stickers that I applied (lightly) on my Cobra doors.
Just after the meeting, on Sunday evening, I carefully removed the stickers which came fairly easily but now, I see a dark blue rectangle on my door, the rest of the door being of lighter. The air bubbles which I trapped under the sticker are also light blue. Could the adhesive of the sticker made a reaction with the underneath paint?(the adhives were printed on "Avery " paper if I remember correctly). How can I improve that?
Thanks for advices.

Miket
29-06-05, 05:54 PM
I think you will find that its just the adhesive that is left on the door. ;) ;)

Lightly wipe the door with a rag with a small amount of petrol, then re-polish with a good wax or Autoglym. :thumb:

Grease Monkey
29-06-05, 06:21 PM
GD also recommend the use of petrol to clean any adhesive residue from the body work after peeling off the sticky tape that had been holding the boot/doors/bonnet in for transit from the factory.

Shouldn't damage GRP gellcoat, not sure about paintwork though?

smash
29-06-05, 06:23 PM
Try using Autoglym intensive Car Tar remover - gets rid of all sticker residue and kind to paintwork ;)

(I know - my cob had stick on stripes when I got it :rolleyes: )

Grease Monkey
29-06-05, 06:25 PM
One other tip (for metal panels at least, not sure about GRP), if you have stickers that refure to just peel off, a hot air gun to warm up the label makes them come off much easier.

Miket
29-06-05, 08:31 PM
Shouldn't damage GRP gellcoat, not sure about paintwork though?

If it damaged paintwork, all Cobra owners wouldn't have any paint left around the filler cap where it blows back. :confused: :thumb:

queeniee
29-06-05, 08:51 PM
Thanks for your answers, I will try these methods. The comment about fuel around the filler cap is right!!!I will try fuel, good cleaning then a good polish. I discovered that some polishes are shaded (blue, for instance). Maybe I will try this if other methods fail. The sticky part of the decal is already removed. And if all that is not sufficient, I shall not be in despair since my Cobra will be re-painted this winter.

Purple AK
29-06-05, 09:53 PM
White Spirit or Methylated Spirit are also good at removing sticker residue :thumb: With the added bonus that if it dosn't work you can down the rest in consolation :D

JonnyT
30-06-05, 08:26 AM
'One other tip (for metal panels at least, not sure about GRP), if you have stickers that refure to just peel off, a hot air gun to warm up the label makes them come off much easier.'

What temperature do you need the air gun to be at - I have tried this before having heard about the trick (and it sounding so easy and effective) and it has not worked for me - I have always refused to turn the air gun up to hot though.

jeff
30-06-05, 10:54 AM
Hi,

I used to work in the sign industry specialising in vehicle graphics, be very carefull with the hot air gun, I have seen many a paint job ruined. To be safe use a hairdryer these are not designed to strip paint.

As regard to cleaning off the adhesive that is always left behind use petrol then polish as already suggested.


jeff

Grease Monkey
30-06-05, 02:02 PM
'One other tip (for metal panels at least, not sure about GRP), if you have stickers that refure to just peel off, a hot air gun to warm up the label makes them come off much easier.'

What temperature do you need the air gun to be at - I have tried this before having heard about the trick (and it sounding so easy and effective) and it has not worked for me - I have always refused to turn the air gun up to hot though.


Yup, i think the key here is WARM not 'BURN OFF'. :thumb:

I had a works car that had the company name and phone number on a sticker on the boot. It had to go before some small minded person rang to complain that they'd been over taken or something... :D :D Worked a treat

mark_biddle
30-06-05, 02:44 PM
You can get stuff from paint shops, used to be called spirit wipe, but now it is called pre paint wipe. It is used to clean down panels prior to painting (as the name suggests !) and will remove most things, like glue and tar without damaging paint. Not that expensive, and always handy around the garage !

Derek Pearce
30-06-05, 05:55 PM
Tip for future, stable door and all that............................

A friend of mine runs a classic Ferrari team, they always use a weak washing up liquid solution before putting the stickers on................the come off pretty easy that way.

plod
01-07-05, 12:28 AM
I heard WD40 was also a very good solution. It worked on taking the adhesive off our new windows..

queeniee
01-07-05, 06:36 AM
Next time I will prepare the surface by wetting it with a mild liquid solution .
Thanks for your answers.

rocket
04-07-05, 09:56 PM
panel wipe from auto factors ( won't damage paint) I't designed to remove everthing nasty from the paint before spaying and evaporates v.quickly.

I agree with the comment about heat gun. Never use a heat gun on your paint work and hair dryer is what they use in garages for removing pinstips etc.

Rgds

Roger