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      12-20-2006, 01:03 AM   #1
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DIY : New Method To Remove Sun Visor Decals (Chemical Free)

I came across the other two threads on removing the sun visor decals, but didn't want to use goo-off/similar products or even denatured alcohol. I tried two different methods.

In my first attempt I tried to use duck tape to "rip" it off on my passenger side visor, but that just left small little specs of sticker and the material became loose and fuzzy... so now I need a new visor... :mad: It worked on my Mercedes a couple years ago...

On my second attempt I used a steamer! The kind you use to unwrinkled cloths and the decal became "soft" and was easy to remove. It does take a couple minutes but sure enough it came out flawless! The best part is that it doest smell!
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Hey that's a great find GTx08... thanks for trying and sharing

Now let me see if mom has a steamer in her attic....
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would an iron with steam work? If so I might try that when I'm home for the holidays..
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duck tape to "rip" it off
For future reference its actually called duct tape, since its used on air ducts.
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good alternative, Josh! I think it should work, I have an iron that pushes out massive amount of steam, gonna try it this weekend
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would an iron with steam work? If so I might try that when I'm home for the holidays..
Hey Dr Anal Retentive, there is a Duck brand duct tape
http://www.duckproducts.com/
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For future reference its actually called duct tape, since its used on air ducts.
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oh and thanks for the great idea!

I didnt' want to try the other two methods due to the same reason, but now there's an alternative!
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I came across the other two threads on removing the sun visor decals, but didn't want to use goo-off/similar products or even denatured alcohol. I tried two different methods.

In my first attempt I tried to use duck tape to "rip" it off on my passenger side visor, but that just left small little specs of sticker and the material became loose and fuzzy... so now I need a new visor... :mad: It worked on my Mercedes a couple years ago...

On my second attempt I used a steamer! The kind you use to unwrinkled cloths and the decal became "soft" and was easy to remove. It does take a couple minutes but sure enough it came out flawless! The best part is that it doest smell!
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oh and thanks for the great idea!

I didnt' want to try the other two methods due to the same reason, but now there's an alternative!
Yeah I'm kind of excited about this too..
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why does that little sticker bother ya'll so much? (just curious)
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why does that little sticker bother ya'll so much? (just curious)
Just cause....

Well actually, I've ridden in cars for the last twenty years, so I don't need it...


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It's just obnoxious...

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Sorry, I didn't take any pictures. I was at work at the time, but I think it's pretty self explanatory though. The decal becomes soft while the fabric becomes soaked, causing the decal to lose its adhesiveness.
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why does that little sticker bother ya'll so much? (just curious)
I'm meticulous, so the yellow and white in my interior drove me nuts. On my C-Class it came right off, so this drove me even more nuts that this was so difficult.
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I'm meticulous, so the yellow and white in my interior drove me nuts. On my C-Class it came right off, so this drove me even more nuts that this was so difficult.
this would be so nice with some pics
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this would be so nice with some pics
Just hold the steamer next to the decal for a good while so that it heats up, you'll notice that the edge loses its adhesiveness and just start peeling. Again this does a couple minutes, and you'll need to continue switching off from using the steamer to peeling.
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I must try this on the weekend too! Very nice discovery GTx08!
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Everyone should know by now that i am a pic freak (if you did not know now you know). Now normally i say where are the pics but man this is so easy I don't even need any pics.
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For future reference its actually called duct tape, since its used on air ducts.
Actually the original name was duck tape. It's changed over the years to duct tape.

http://www.octanecreative.com/ducttape/duckvsduct.html
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For future reference its actually called duct tape, since its used on air ducts.
lol werd haha, i sued to think it was duck tape too
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Just hold the steamer next to the decal for a good while so that it heats up, you'll notice that the edge loses its adhesiveness and just start peeling. Again this does a couple minutes, and you'll need to continue switching off from using the steamer to peeling.
Did you guys remove the visors to peel the stickers off?

I must have a crappy steamer because it's very difficult to heat up the label with the visor attached and the steamer inverted.

Does a blow dryer also work?
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It might but I would think that you would need the moisture from the steam along with the heat for this to work, its like opening a letter with a tea kettle so you can read it without someone knowing it was opened.
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Exactly like a letter. I actually don't think a hair dryer would work at all, otherwise these things would be peeling off on their own when flipped out and parked in the sun on a hot day.
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Did you guys remove the visors to peel the stickers off?

I must have a crappy steamer because it's very difficult to heat up the label with the visor attached and the steamer inverted.

Does a blow dryer also work?

Has anyone besides OP succeeded with this w/o taking off the visor? OP, how old long have you had your car (I'm wondering if 4 months would make it difficult)
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