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Old 11-07-2013, 02:11 PM   #1
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Pin Stripe removal.

Has anyone taken their pin stripes off their Focus. I'm thinking about taking mine off. I saw an Ingot Silver Metallic Focus like mine and it looked better imo. So if I take them off what would be the best method? Heat gun and a plastic scraper?


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Old 11-07-2013, 02:57 PM   #2
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Mild heat (hair dryer) and NO SCRAPER!!!! once you heat it up they will peel right off.
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:03 PM   #3
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+1 for the heat, be careful

have a soft scraper handy though, like a used giftcard, sand one edge a little for a better edge. clean it up with a solvent, I've never gotten any "trick" to get sticky stuff off after to work so I'll keep using acetone on a rag. Let it start to evap from the rag then rub and wipe clean after to keep the paint from getting soft.
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Old 11-07-2013, 04:10 PM   #4
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Pin Stripe? huh what are you talking about do all mk3 have this?
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Old 11-07-2013, 04:46 PM   #5
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Pin Stripe? huh what are you talking about do all mk3 have this?
Most dealers in my area put this $5 abomination on the cars as they come off the truck and charge you $300 for it. It's just another way to increase their margins. It's like dealer tint and any sort of "protection package." I had the guys that put my 3M bra on take the stripes off. Much cleaner looking now.

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Old 11-07-2013, 05:27 PM   #6
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Thanks for the fast responses. Those pin stripes are awful, and not my thing.
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:29 PM   #7
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Pin stripe?
Old fashion?
Picture please!
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:00 PM   #8
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Sorry I didn't take any before pictures. They were only 3/16" black vinyl stripes applied on top of the paint. I didn't need any type of heat, I just parked it in the sunlight for about an hour. Those little vinyl stripes came right off. I then used Prestone windshield washer fluid to remove any traces of adhesive residue. Now it looks better IMO.
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I took them off my Escape, but I haven't decided if I am going to pull them off my Focus.
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I took them off my Escape, but I haven't decided if I am going to pull them off my Focus.

do you mind taking a photo? thanks
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