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FTY
11-25-2012, 01:45 AM
Instructions for Abarth decal removal: (or any decal on painted surface)

Time: Approx 2hrs
Difficulty: (1) out of 5
Tools: Soft Bondo Applicator/Adhesive remover(paintsafe) OR Eraser Wheel and cordless drill.



1.Wipe down Abarth decals, make sure area is very clean.

2.Begin removing Decal, fingernail or semi-soft plastic decal applicator/bondo applicator (http://gditools.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/GT2002.jpg).

http://www.eurocompulsion.net/NakedAbarth4.jpg

**When you get to door jam, pull back decal and push decal applicator or credit card into door jam to free small part of decal on inside door or fender.

3.Once all the decal has been removed you will be left with this, this is the left over adhesive. There are two ways to remove this stuff. Eraser wheel OR paint SAFE adhesive remover. (http://www.autotechmfg.com/products.html#Quick_n_Easy_Adhesive_Remover)

http://www.eurocompulsion.net/NakedAbarth5.jpg

Eraser wheel on cordless drill:

http://www.eurocompulsion.net/NakedAbarth3.jpg

Paint safe adhesive remover:

http://www.autotechmfg.com/images/quickneasy.jpg
(I use this stuff, great for decontaminating painted surfaces)

***When using adhesive remover place it on an applicator, DO NOT let it run or drip into the lower ground effects, it will eat up the adhesive.

4. Quick Wash to cleanup any eraser residue or adhesive removal residue...apply wax or product or your choice as you will have bare paint.

BEFORE:

http://www.eurocompulsion.net/NakedAbarth2.jpg

AFTER:

http://www.eurocompulsion.net/NakedAbarth1.jpg

:clap:

Pinecone
11-25-2012, 08:06 AM
I just use a heat gun to gently heat the decal and it peel right off. Normally without leaving much adhesive residue.

AbarthP
11-25-2012, 11:06 AM
I can't believe mine took 2 hours. It's all those little pieces.

Tweak
11-25-2012, 11:57 AM
Now go put it back on and make it look right again. :p

Pinecone
11-25-2012, 05:24 PM
Now go put it back on and make it look right again. :p

:D

Tweak
11-25-2012, 06:33 PM
:D

Ah you know PC it does look good either way but I admit I am partial to the stripes myself. :D

FTY
11-29-2012, 11:12 PM
I just use a heat gun to gently heat the decal and it peel right off. Normally without leaving much adhesive residue.

That's good too.

A newer naked pic:

http://www.eurocompulsion.net/Fantasyland1.jpg

AyeBart
11-30-2012, 01:22 PM
Thanks FTY! I'm not crazy about the stripes, I might use this method. The heatgun sounds pretty easy, but I don't own a heatgun. Would a hair dryer be enough heat?

FTY
11-30-2012, 02:53 PM
Heat guns are pretty inexpensive you just need to be careful, a hairdryer may help but wont be as effective as a heat gun.

mini2nut
04-30-2016, 03:30 PM
Mine were starting to peel on my 2012 Abarth, so I removed them with a heat gun in about 1 hour. The tougher part was removing the adhesive from the car, that took me roughly 45 minutes per side. I plan to install another set of Abarth decals after seeing it "naked" with the decals removed.

Trunkout
04-30-2016, 03:39 PM
Ripped em off week one! Just peel, WD40, elbow grease, and about an hour.
Sometimes I like the look... On my particular setup I felt it made it look TOO cute!

Sinabu
04-30-2016, 07:39 PM
Did the same too mine and put on the scorpion hash marks instead. Love this cleaner look


http://clawgfx.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/20160403_143943.jpg