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    Default Need answer...how to remove original Z71 decal...is it clearcoated over?

    Hi, guys,

    i looked through the how-to and other sections on this, but only found answers regarding add-on stuff, like dealer badges, wind visors, etc. I want to replace my original z71 decals, but don't know if they were applied before the clearcoat, or after.

    I know how to use a heat gun, fishing line, goof-off, etc, so can do that, if the decal is on top of clearcoat.

    Thanks, all.

    jim, las vegas

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckmeister2 View Post
    Hi, guys,

    i looked through the how-to and other sections on this, but only found answers regarding add-on stuff, like dealer badges, wind visors, etc. I want to replace my original z71 decals, but don't know if they were applied before the clearcoat, or after.

    I know how to use a heat gun, fishing line, goof-off, etc, so can do that, if the decal is on top of clearcoat.

    Thanks, all.

    jim, las vegas
    I would think the body has been painted already before the decals and mouldings were put on. I removed the rear bow tie on the tail gate this past weekend and it looks way better. I plan on removeing the bed decals and stickers this weekend.
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    Should be after a little Heat Gun action should do it...
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    I have never tried this but they say a hair dryer will be good to loosen the adhesive. if this does work then the paint under the decal will not match.

    I would have the decal replaced as oem. save some work. I am sure those decals are expensive .

    I do have a heat gun but that is too much power ....I have used it to pop out those plastic bumpers ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckmeister2 View Post
    I know how to use a heat gun, fishing line, goof-off, etc, so can do that, if the decal is on top of clearcoat.
    You should be good to go. Mine didn't need anything except a little heat and some pulling stretching of the decal while I worked. (i.e. No fishing line, no goof off, etc.) It was a LOT easier than debadging. Hopefully yours goes as well.

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    I had Mine removed and another replaced (Differant Color). It is not clear Coated over.
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    As others have said they come off really easily, a hair dryer is all you need. There will be a little adhesive residue left but is comes off with minimal effort and some Goo-gone. Today's clear coat paints are pretty fade resistant so you should be fine. I removed my moldings and decals after 6 years and there was no fade.



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    Thanks, all. I got the answers I needed. I am going to remove the original, and replace with a body-colored, slightly different version. Thanks, again.

    jim

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