Re: Follow Up on Stripe
I think that you could remove the old sripes and replace them. - or not.
Your car is only 2-3 years old so I think there is a possibility.
You never said how big the stripes are on the car.
Here's what I would suggest.
First, check locally for someone who does vinyl stripes. If you cannot find
them in the yellow pages, check some body shops and see who they use. If you
find someone then ask them if they could take the stripes off for you.
If by some chance you were feeling brave I think that you could remove them
A heat gun should soften them enough, (using care not to blister your paint
the heat gun by using the low setting and just warming the stripe well but
not melting it) would refresh the adhesive enough to make the stripe
removable. If the heat gun scares you, then a blow dryer on high would
definitely be safer. You can get a bit loose with a fingernail, then heat
just as you pull. It will be a pain in the ass, but it should come off. If
the stripe goes onto urethane bumpers and such, it may be a problem.
Once you got the vinyl off you could use good old fashioned lighter fluid on
a coarse terry cloth towell to remove the adhesive. Of course DO NOT USE
BOTH AT ONCE or it would catch fire and burn you and your car to the ground.
The lighter fluid will not hurt your paint at all and is less expensive than
goo-gone and that sort of thing. Sometimes if you can just get a little
piece started, you can jst drip lighter fluid onto the underside of the
peeled edge so that it contacts the adhesive and it will pull up. Slowly,
and you have to find that balance of drip it on, let it soak a few seconds
and then pull and repeat. It's a slow process but it works. Practice on
labels you have on items in your home, the label on your cigarett lighter,
the price tag on the bottom of that vase.. anything with a hard surface.
Wal Mart has lighter fluid pretty cheap in larger containers.
Then follow up with a good wash, polish and wax.
If it were my car, I would take a shot. But then, it wouldn't be MY first
Would love to see a photo or two of the stripes you are addressing.
"Adrian Gruber" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
|I went to my local Ford Dealer yesterday to see if there are any products
| available to bring the stripe back to life.
| The parts manager told me the stripe on the hood is a genuine Ford part
| it can't be restored due to the mettalic nature of the stripe. All I could
| do is peel it off and put a new one on. (Not Deirable) The other option he
| suggestet was to go to a body shop and have them gently sand it with
| microfine sand paper then clear coat it.