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Re: FYI: Sunvisor sticker removal- HEAT! (long) (archive)

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Posted by johnW on January 07, 2000 at 20:13:22:

In Reply to: FYI: Sunvisor sticker removal- HEAT! (long) posted by kf///M3 on January 07, 2000 at 16:36:33:

: I've gotten so much useful information from this board since I took delivery of my new '99 M3 in July that I've been anxious to contribute something. Here a tip that might be useful.

: I know lots of you hate those ugly sunvisor stickers on late-model M3's, and most of the info out there suggests various solvents to remove them. Most commonly, Goof Off is used, but this is a xylene mixture that also softens vinyl (it's nasty and carcinogenic as well). Here's a simple method that works great. Remove the sunvisors and place them on a flat surface. Using a 1500 watt hair dryer, direct hot air onto one of the shorter edges of the sticker. Holding the drier 3-4 inches away provides enough heat to soften the sticker, but it doesn't effect the vinyl (a heat gun is way too hot for this). Using a thin-edged plastic spatula, gently peel the softened edge of the sticker back. Keep doing this progressively, heating and peeling, until the entire sticker is rolled up on itself; at the end it can be lifted off the visor in a single piece. It takes about 20 minutes to do each visor. At this point there should be no remnant of the sticker on the visor, but there will be a thin residue of shiny adhesive where the sticker used to be. This can be removed by soaking a paper towel with laquer thinner and rubbing it gently over the entire surface (as suggested by Jim Bassett), then drying it with another paper towel. Repeat this 4-5 times and all the residue will be removed. Let the visor dry overnight, treat it with some vinyl dressing, and the job is complete. I recently used this method to take the stickers off my black visors, and they are PERFECT; there is no way you can tell that the stickers were ever there. Good luck!

: kf///M3

: ('99M3/2, silver/black, sharked, Euro ellipsoids, clear lenses, 35% tint all around, "M3" vanity plate).
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Another method: Rub sticker gently with cloth soaked with acetone. Most comes off. Then use a toothbrush with acetone to get rid of any fragments left, i.e., caught within the fabric lines of the vinyl. Leaves visor texture fine. This method may be shorter/safer than what you describe. However, I did only the drivers side which is bothersome to the driver....the information on the other visor is useful for passengers who refuse the use of safety belts and who may get upset if you refuse to put their small children in the front seat. Besides this doesn't get in the way of the driver's visual field.


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