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Old 03-18-2004, 09:05 PM
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Question Help removing stripe on my Ranger

My 98 Ranger XLT has a green stripe decal along the sides. I've dealt with them for the last 2 years I've owned it, but I'm tired of looking at them! The stripe is from the factory, same that I've seen on many Rangers. How should I go about removing them. They don't feel like I can just peel them off, and I really don't want to start, mess up, and leave half of it on. The truck is white, so I'm assuming (hoping) that the paint isn't brighter UNDER the stripe. Someone please give me some hints for removing the stripe. Here's a picture of the stripe, if it helps any...

<img src="http://www.roadsendweather.com/syncro/stripe.jpg">

Thanks in advance for any hints!
 
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Old 03-18-2004, 09:30 PM
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There maybe some color difference in the shade of white under the stripe, but I doubt it since it is a light color. Go by the local auto paint shop and they have some pinstripe removers. Some are more aggressive than others, so it may take a couple of tries. I would stay away from the heat gun/blow dryer method as that seems to make the glue stay on the truck. I have a small vinyl graphics shop and use the Rapid Tac products to remove old glue from vehicles. Try Rapid Remover if you can find it, I think I may have seen it at walmart in the automotive section by the window tint.

Check out http://www.rapidtac.com/ see what the Rapid Remover bottle looks like.
 
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Old 03-18-2004, 11:30 PM
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I actually just took the stripes off my 00 F-150. I started from a corner of the stripe, starting pealing it up, and pulled it slow all the way down with out any marks.

Pulled right off like a decal would.

Mine also felt like they would not come off my pealing untill I did it.

I'm not sure if yours are like mine or not tho.
 
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Glad that yours peeled right off. I'm still not sure if mine will or not
Any details about how I should go about it, as in, pull at a 45 degree angle, or more like a 135 degree angle, pulling backwards? If the top part is where I pull from, should it look like a) \_____ or b) /______

F150, what color is your truck? Was there any difference in the paint color under the stripes? In case it isn't REALLY obvious, I'm a little worried about how much difference I might find in the paint colors. I'll have to look for rapid remover now.. Thanks
 
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A heat gun will work if your careful, heat the stripe and get it started then slowly warm it and peel.
 
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Originally posted by 98xlt4x4
Glad that yours peeled right off. I'm still not sure if mine will or not
Any details about how I should go about it, as in, pull at a 45 degree angle, or more like a 135 degree angle, pulling backwards? If the top part is where I pull from, should it look like a) \_____ or b) /______

F150, what color is your truck? Was there any difference in the paint color under the stripes? In case it isn't REALLY obvious, I'm a little worried about how much difference I might find in the paint colors. I'll have to look for rapid remover now.. Thanks
There was no color difference when I removed the stripe. When I pulled the stripe, I just picked a corner. I do not really remember how I pulled it.

A heat gun or hair dryer will work as stated above from Wiz.
 
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Old 03-19-2004, 05:33 PM
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Thanks again. I think when I wash it next, I'll peel a small, inconspicuous part of it back, and see if I can see differences in color. My girlfriend thinks I should leave it now... Too bad it's not HER truck!
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Old 03-20-2004, 04:05 AM
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Hair dryer to remove the stripe, and Goo-Gone to remove the glue. As far as color change goes, I think that will depend on how well you cared for the paint on the truck!
 
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Well I've only owned it for 2 years. It's been outside the whole time, but usually kept washed and waxed good. It LOOKED like it had been garaged by the previous owner. I couldn't find ANY rust when I bought it, none under the hood, none behind the grille, none in any seams. Spent a year and a half living 2 blocks from the beach and it ate away a little at the metal. Paint is still in good shape though.
 
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You should be good to go.
 
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Old 12-18-2005, 02:37 AM
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O'Reilly pinstripe remover

If you have an O'Reillys or Autozone near you, check there for a "pinstripe remover wheel." It's a rubber wheel that fits on the end of a drill and strips stripes and glue off all at the same time. I just removed the pinstripes on my 93 Ex. cab and it worked wonderfully. I had tried a hair dryer, goo gone, etc. The wheel worked the best and it doesn't hurt the paint either. It's like a big pencil eraser. Hope this helps ya!
 
 
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