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Has anyone removed their dealer's adhesive label on their Bolt? I was wondering if it would come off with a heat gun and some gentle detergent to remove any residue. Any other procedures?

Definitely don't want to mess it up, but I think it would make it look cleaner (and do without the dealership advertising how long they've been in business).

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Ours came off quite easily with some heat applied with a hair dryer and some strong dental floss to get under it. I then had to remove a tiny layer of glue residue with some paint thinner. I then washed it and re-waxed that section. But dealers will have their own labels, all varying styles of glue methodologies so my method may not be best for yours....

PS: I agree - they should pay ME to advertise for THEM.
 

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Hair dryer, finger nails and patience
But definitel not outside in the cold for sure...

There is a 3M 'Adhesive Remover' for any leftover stickiness, but rubbing alcohol may also do the job with a soft cloth.
Nail polish remover if you can be quick with a wet cloth.
 

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Ours came off quite easily with some heat applied with a hair dryer and some strong dental floss to get under it. I then had to remove a tiny layer of glue residue with some paint thinner. I then washed it and re-waxed that section. But dealers will have their own labels, all varying styles of glue methodologies so my method may not be best for yours....

PS: I agree - they should pay ME to advertise for THEM.
I would never use paint thinner. For me, Meguire's car cleaner and an old sock does the trick to get rid of goo.
 

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I agree with what others have said. Use a blow dryer not a heat gun unless you are extremely careful. You can use a product made for removal of adhesive to take the glue off but I wouldn't use nail polish remover. I you use the solvent based remover you might find the paint coming off with the glue.
 

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try old WD40 on a micro fiber towel to remove goo
 

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I use mineral spirits to clean the glue off.
 

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Unless your dealer used some superduper adhesive, I have just peeled off the sticker and cleaned any residual adhesive with adhesive cleaner, followed immediately by a good wash.
 

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There is a 3M 'Adhesive Remover' for any leftover stickiness,
Pretty good stuff from what I've heard.

but rubbing alcohol may also do the job with a soft cloth.
Alcohol is good at smearing adhesive around at best IMO.

Nail polish remover if you can be quick with a wet cloth.
I've never tried that. Sounds scary.

I use mineral spirits to clean the glue off.
Next best thing to naphtha, which works on all sorts of adhesives without damaging anything.
 

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Pretty good stuff from what I've heard.



Alcohol is good at smearing adhesive around at best IMO.



I've never tried that. Sounds scary.



Next best thing to naphtha, which works on all sorts of adhesives without damaging anything.
I still prefer Meguire's car cleaner. It is made for car finishes. Just don't rub too hard and too much or else you'll polish the clear coat and paint right off. All of these other chemicals (except for rubbing alcohol) scare me a little. But alcohol has nothing in it to cut into the goo. Meguire's is a car cleaner/polish (though I'm guessing any car polish will work)
 

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I stuck a fingernail under a corner of mine and was a bit surprised when it just peeled right off and didn't leave any residue at all.
 

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My method: I told the dealer no stickers or I'd refuse the car. That worked really well. :)
 

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I carefully removed mine with a plastic pry tool. Use TarX for any residual adhesive. It's great for regular detailing also, I use it when changing stickers. I don't recommend pain thinner on a car finish.

https://www.autogeek.net/carpro-tar-x-600ml.html
 

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All of these other chemicals (except for rubbing alcohol) scare me a little.
We used naphtha on interiors to get contact cement overspray off, including velour and headliner material. On car paint too. None of these surfaces showed any damage from it.

But alcohol has nothing in it to cut into the goo.
That's been my experience.
 

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Ditto: it's worked for the last two new cars I've bought.
Yeah me too. All the years that I have bought new cars haven't gotten one yet.
 

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My method: I told the dealer no stickers or I'd refuse the car. That worked really well. :)
I've wanted to try this ever since I heard a college professor say he did it. Since they wouldn't even consider throwing in some all-weather floor mats and it was last Saturday (thus time was running out to take advantage of the tax credit for 2017), I wasn't feeling too lucky. Maybe next time.

Thanks, everyone for the suggestions. I'll give it a shot this weekend.

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There is a 3M 'Adhesive Remover' for any leftover stickiness, but rubbing alcohol may also do the job with a soft cloth.
Nail polish remover if you can be quick with a wet cloth.
The 3M stuff works wonderfully, and doesn't affect the finish. "Sawed" the decal off with dental floss, sprayed the remaining goo with the 3M cleaner, rubbed gently, and it worked off in about 30 seconds. Used a clean cloth to clean up the rest of the cleaner and it was like the decal had never been there.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002NUO6K
 
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