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Removing old oem stripes

Ok first I liked my stripes that came with the pony package in 2007 and thought it looked pretty sweet on my ride, but after 5 years of sun and weather beating them into oblivion I started noticing that they were getting brittle on the edges and chipping every time I waxed or washed! So I decided it was time to remove them before they got so brittle it would be a huge PITA! First you need some 3m adhesive cleaner (found at any local auto parts store), a hair dryer or heat gun, rags and patients.

step 1- I started by heating up the corner where the stripe ended and then gently picking at it with my fingernail until I had enough to grab on to. Once that is done I took the hair dryer and heated up the area around the corner. You can actually feel the adhesive loosening up, then slowly peel the stripe back and off the vehicle ( at times the brittle parts will rip and tear but just be patient and keep at it and the stripes will come off) this may take 15-30 minutes or several hours depending on how old and brittle they have become.

step 2- After you have the stripes off you will most likely have plenty of adhesive still left on your ride from the stripes. Take the 3m adhesive cleaner and soak up a rag. Dab the spots of adhesive and let it soak in good to get the adhesive loosening up. I tried to concentrate on one part at a time ( like hood, top, rear). After the 3m adhesive cleaner has had about ten minutes to do its work now the real fun part begins. Take the soaked rag and wipe the spot you're going to start on and then immediately take a dry rag and start wiping off the adhesive ( this will take alot of elbow grease, time and patients).

step 3- Wipe off all excess adhesive, wash car and apply a good coat of wax (3m adhesive cleaner removes wax) and you're good to go. Here is before and after pics of my 2007 mustang. Also I was worried about paint being faded but it wasnt and looks like a different car! NO more stripes for me unless they are painted on, just doesnt seem worth the headache unless its garage kept all the time.

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Looks much better! Not a fan of stripes myself, so anytime they get removed I'm happy. Not sure why this is in the 2011+ section, but whatevs I'm not the forum police so I don't care.


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I agonized about adding stripes to my GT. The full length stripes from nose to tail are not to my liking. However, I am impressed with the hood accent stripes on the current generation Camaro, so that is what I put on my GT.

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Stripes are awesome, and even better if you're ride is not in the sun alot but after 5 years of the sun they start chipping on the sides and it happens more everytime you wash and wax it. Mine was starting to get brittle and I decided to get them off before it got too bad. If you really like stripes and you notice them getting brittle or chipping up than its probably time to take them off and get some new ones while they are still good enough to pull of real quick.
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Your car looks almost like a camaro in the pic.
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