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Lesley
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7/11/2002
00:01:14

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I finally worked up the nerve to take my decals off. I think it looks a lot cleaner:



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Clevite 77
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7/11/2002
00:11:31

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Looks like ya missed one LOL j/k. It looks good Lesley, ya did a great job, have you thought about the fener flares? That along with a drop would really be awesome (do you mind if I spend any more of your money hehe)

btw...hows that 5.9L and the stand coming along??



kotadude21
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7/11/2002
00:52:33

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yeah, i agree.... you gotta get thing dropped. And so do I, I can't wait to get mine dropped. I just need to save up the money. I also plan on shaving the decals and painting the door handles.


brent

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DirtySouthDon
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7/11/2002
00:54:18

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what drop do you have? i was looking at getting a 2/3 so it'll be sorta lower but not too low, there are some monstrous pot holes here. it sucks living in the country, nobody fixes the roads and when they do all they do is dump some gravel in the holes. anyway....wise choice?



Clevite 77
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7/11/2002
01:13:44

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none of the above have a drop, all suggestions.



DansDakAtak
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7/11/2002
01:18:56

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Hey Leslie....what did you have to do to get your decals off? I was thinking of doing that too, but i dont want a bunch of goo left on the doors when all is said and done. Also, what did you use to heat up/remove the decals? Thanks for the info :-)

Dan

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brandon
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7/11/2002
01:56:15

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i used a blow dryer to heat them and then they easily peeled right off. then used some sort of goo remover to get rid of leftovers. i cant remember what it was exactly



crashyyz
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7/11/2002
07:51:07

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spit?


I was thinking about removing mine also.. anyone have a pic of a cc in flame red w/o the fender flares so I can have an idea.. I just think it may look kind of nekkid.
Did you also remove the DODGE on the gate too?



ZenDak
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7/11/2002
08:11:58

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The easiest way to remove the decals is w/a 3M wheel. It's like a giant eraser for a power drill. Takes'm right off.
Here's some pic.s of my truck,,I've taken the decals off, and lowered 2/2 (need some rims!)

http://photos.yahoo.com/zenophon999

It's in the body shop now after some hail damage. I'm getting hooked up w/a new Cowl Hood, free roll pan, and stull grille. Did I forget to mention they're FREE!! I love insurance!



Lesley
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7/11/2002
08:32:22

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I used a blow dryer to heat them up first one
letter at a time. It softens the top layer which
just peels right off. The second layer, which is
white and looks like paint is a little tougher to
get off. I used "Goo Gone" (but friends tell me
3M Adhesive Remover is good) to dissolve it. I
tried various plastic knives or scrapers, but
concluded that my thumb did the best job of
scraping it off.
Yeah, I know I need a drop but I just can't right
now. I pick up my motor on the 20th, have the
space and the stand all ready :)

97 3.9 CC Sport. Black. Auto 3.55, Quick D Intake, JBA Stainless headers, Autolite 3923s, stainless Borla Turbo XL & tip, V8 TB, FMS 19 lb fuel injectors, 17x10 Boyd Smoothies, JBA 9mm cables, Lakewood chrome traction bars. Have, but not installed: 3.92s, Infinity Sound System

xplikt
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7/11/2002
08:57:54

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I took mine off a while back, takes thirty minutes to an hour to do all the decals on the truck. It really is NOT that hard at all, just takes an hour, at most, of your time. It's easy, do it!

I found hairdryers do work the best, because heat guns are way to hot.

Try dental floss, works A LOT easier in getting it off, cut right through it and the letters do not break, which they'll do if it gets to hot -- really easy. Doesn't hurt your paints one bit, safest thing you can use IMHO.

I used Goo Gone myself without a problem. Goo Gone works best when it's soaked a bit in what it's on, then wiped all up. Now, just take a paper-towel and rub it and it all comes off. Most people think that it being all sloppy and keeping the area saturated will make it come off easier then think Goo Gone sucks when it doesn't work that well. Doing semi-dry works so much better, repeat this as necessary, shouldn't take more than two times -- at most!

In the end I claybared, Dawned, and Zainoed it to match the rest of the truck, looks great I think.

Just got my antennae shaved yesterday too!

Damn, kotadude21 reminded me, I should ask for paint from the paint shop today so I can paint my handles.. (NOTE)

crashyyz, I think it does kinda look naked being in stock truck form, looks good, but a tad naked. I think something like rims would really brighten it up and be an attention getter.

I took off my "DODGE" off the back, that took less than five minutes. I think, unless your truck has like a rollpan and some custom work to it, it's will look damn naked, like mine, if it's stock.

Tip for you all, if it's stock, keep the "DODGE" on there, I think it looks better if you're running a stock bumper and ride height.



Dr.Dakota
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7/11/2002
15:34:38

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My truck is a black 4X4 CC, got all the stickers removed the night I bought it(also got the bug deflector)....black w/o stickers is sweeeet!



moxley
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7/11/2002
16:57:53

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Any body,
If i take off my stickers now there is a color diffrence in the paint. Is there any way to fix this?? Buffing,polishing,waxing,SOS pad,time???

I thought i read something awhile back that you cant get rid of it? Please correct me if im wrong, me have no clue at paint.

Thanks yall,



Lesley
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7/11/2002
17:16:07

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There was a slight shadowing with mine. I
washed it, used black wax, then buffed it and
sprayed it with Mother's Spray Wax. You can't
see any difference at all now.

97 3.9 CC Sport. Black. Auto 3.55, Quick D Intake, JBA Stainless headers, Autolite 3923s, stainless Borla Turbo XL & tip, V8 TB, FMS 19 lb fuel injectors, 17x10 Boyd Smoothies, JBA 9mm cables, Lakewood chrome traction bars. Have, but not installed: 3.92s, Infinity Sound System

moxley
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7/11/2002
17:58:44

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Thanks for the info, im going for it this weekend!!

Les, your truck will look sweat with a drop & a 360!!!.. HEHE




xplikt
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7/11/2002
18:17:41

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That's sort of the reason many people do it as soon as they get the vehicle. There is little, if ANY, weathering done to the paint at that time.

With a good waxing no one should be able to tell; as there should be a decent coat of wax on your car all the time, you would never see the difference.



Muzzy
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7/12/2002
04:39:01

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I took mine off with the 3M eraser wheel. All of them were off in 15 minutes. Then I used a little kerosene on a soft rag to clean up any adhesive left. 3M part number 39009 polish will get rid of anything left over(shadows, lines) and blend it perfectly. You couldn't tell they were ever there before I waxed. Black looks awesome debadged.

-Muzzy

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