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Old 02-06-2012, 01:04 PM   #1
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Removing Sportsmobile stickers from van body and fiberglass

Would appreciate advice on technique for removing the "Sportsmobile 4x4" stickers from our van body and painted fiberglass top.

What's the easiest way to do it without damaging the paint?

And yes, we do love Sportsmobile. We just don't appreciate their putting the stickers on without asking for our permission.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:11 PM   #2
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Removing Sportsmobile stickers from van body and fiberglass

I would say a hair dryer to get it warm and gooey, then peel and use either goof off or nail polish remover. Good off would prob be better on the paint. I love stickers and in my opinion it's way cool and I will never take mine off. With my SMB they asked if we wanted them. Weird that they didn't ask you.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:14 PM   #3
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Re: Removing Sportsmobile stickers from van body and fibergl

If the decals are fresh - a few months old or less - you may have some luck with a heat gun (aka hair dryer). Once you get one corner loose, just keep heating and pulling gently. That's what I did for the big ugly TRD decals on my Tacoma PU when it was new. Once they have been on there a while, they become much harder to remove.

As for the paint - all I can say is Good Luck.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:50 PM   #4
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Re: Removing Sportsmobile stickers from van body and fibergl

Our van didn't have anything on it. I got some stickers and added them because I was tired of everyone asking me what it was at every single place we stopped. The stickers have almost stopped people asking what it is.
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:47 PM   #5
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Re: Removing Sportsmobile stickers from van body and fibergl

The questions I always ask before removing something are: "What is under it?" and "How much will it cost to fix what's under it if it is not what I expected?"

So, the question is, What's under the sticker? Has the sticker caused the surface under it to deteriorate in any way (e.g.: less faded color, damaged surface, scratches, big globs of goo, etc.) If so, it may be better to leave the sticker on rather than to go through the time and expense of repair what is under it.

Sometimes I wish my van had a Sportsmobile sticker on it so people wouldn't keep asking me" "What is is?"; "Who makes it?"; "Did it come like that or did you have it custom built?"; etc.
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Old 02-06-2012, 04:55 PM   #6
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Re: Removing Sportsmobile stickers from van body and fibergl

I'd stay away from a heat gun. It is easy to apply too much heat and damage the paint.

I use a kettle of hot water. It will never go over 212 degrees, and the heat will loosen stubborn adhesive and let you peel a sticker off.

Don't pour hot water over a cold window and expect good results.

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Re: Removing Sportsmobile stickers from van body and fibergl

Curious folks will ask what it is... just point to the sticker. Better'n looking around for paper/pen to write it down, 'cuz they will ask more than once as they try to get their head around it

If you ever sell, prospective buyers will be comforted by a "company".

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Re: Removing Sportsmobile stickers from van body and fibergl

After 7 years or so they wear off on their own. It might be due to sand and rock erosion though.
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Removing Sportsmobile stickers from van body and fiberglass

Go to napa and get a rubber wheel. It will take them right off and will not damage the paint at all. I took all the decals off my boat that way and numerous other vehicles and it works amazingly well. You basically get a giant artist erasure that fits in a drill. It melts the stickers off without melting the paint.

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Go to napa and get a rubber wheel. It will take them right off and will not damage the paint at all. I took all the decals off my boat that way and numerous other vehicles and it works amazingly well. You basically get a giant artist erasure that fits in a drill. It melts the stickers off without melting the paint.

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Would you please take a pic of this "rubber wheel" you speak of and post it? I'm really curious as to what it is that works so well.

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