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    Removing my clear bra, tips and advise please

    So this weekend I will be removing the badges from the car (as I got inlays for them) and starting to remove the clear bra. I have googled and watched a couple video's where people use steam machines however I am only going to have a heat gun. I have read that the adhesive can be a bitch and that you should never pull straight up as it can potentially pull up on the paint itself. The car only has 18,500 or so miles on it and I assume it has been garaged by the first owner and I know the second owner garaged the car. The clear bra is hazing is area's of the hood but is NOT peeling or cracked I just do not like the way it looks and after its off it will get a good detail.

    Who has removed a clear bra? Any tips or suggestions?



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    I used a hair dryer on my truck. It was crazed in many areas. Unfortunately that meant it came off in about a thousand little pieces. Three afternoons and several bloody fingernails later I finally had it all off. I haven't heard the steamer technique but if it works, I would shell out the fifty bucks or so a Walmart and get one.
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    While I haven't done this task, using a steamer would make sense as the process is similar to removing wallpaper (which I have done) and a steamer 'IS' used for wallpaper removal. You can pick up a wallpaper steamer at Home Depot for bout $50. Steam along with heat, breaks the adhesive bond. Should work great. When your done, pack it up and return for full refund lol.
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    I've been trying for about 5 years to get all the clear bra remnants off my Lexus. I'd prefer it to be rock chipped because it would look better.
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    Remove the bra very slowly....do it slow
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    I may just get a handheld steamer from walmart then return it (as I have no use for one).
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    Yeah be careful. I saw a post on a detailing forum just yesterday, a person was removing a film from a clients side view mirror with steam-pulled the paint right up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple87SS View Post
    Yeah be careful. I saw a post on a detailing forum just yesterday, a person was removing a film from a clients side view mirror with steam-pulled the paint right up.
    eeek wow thanks year i will start far away and go very slow. We also have a heat gun and a spray bottle so we will see what works best but I am gonna try steam first.
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    Just be careful with those heat guns. They can build paint damaging heat really fast even if you move it around a lot.
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    I am going to start with a steamer and follow this guys video as he seems to know his shit. That and his name is Jean Claude so how can he do wrong?

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    Sure you want to use a heat gun? That can damage your paint easily if you aren't careful.
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    Today I removed the clear bra from the fenders, side mirrors, lower rear doors but left the bumper for now. The steamer worked pretty good but it's a time consuming process as it took a couple hours.

    The next step is to remove the adhesive safely from the hood and fenders as that seems to be where it is mainly. I have goo gone and a gallon of goof off (which I hear is more harsh). I am going to try the goo gone first in a soaked rag or a spray bottle. If that doesn't work well I have read some good things about stoner terminator bug and tar remover. I want to go as mild as possible as I don't want to harm the paint or clear.

    Any other suggestions?
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    Believe it or not, but WD-40 works pretty good for removing adhesive. .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodcutup43 View Post
    Believe it or not, but WD-40 works pretty good for removing adhesive. .
    I have read this however I am Leary on using it. I feel that it would harm the paint and or clear coat.
    2009 CTS-V 6MT w/Recaro's, AirAid intake, Eibach Springs & electric cutouts

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    Omfg laz is right!! Just spent about an hour with the 3m and wd40 along with the plastic razor blade on one area of the hood. It works but it's a slow process but the good news is under the glue the paint is AMAZING!!

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    I still have some pieces of clear bra adhesive on my C6Z. I'm about ready to have the car paint corrected and I hope the detailer can take care if it. I'm not brave enough to go at the paint with a razor blade...
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    He used a plastic razor blade. Much safer.
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    It does take time and a little elbow grease but it will come off depending on what solution you use. The heat gun I ordered last week came in so I am going to apply a little heat after the wd40 which I was told will soften the adhesive and allow it to come off easier. I hope to do paint correction in the next couple months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBlackV View Post
    ...The heat gun I ordered last week came in so I am going to apply a little heat after the wd40 which I was told will soften the adhesive and allow it to come off easier...
    Would a hair dryer work just as well? A heat gun has so much heat that it could bubble your paint if you are not cautious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tinman View Post
    Would a hair dryer work just as well? A heat gun has so much heat that it could bubble your paint if you are not cautious.
    You do make a valid point, I will try the hair dryer first as I do not want to risk damage to the paint.
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    Just like you were trying to take the least aggressive approach with chemicals to remove left over adhesive. It make take a little longer with a heat gun, but it sure is worth it so yo don't destroy your paint.

    I have to remove some dealer installed plastic film door edge guards and door handle guards, so I am anxious to hear how your removal works out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tinman View Post
    Just like you were trying to take the least aggressive approach with chemicals to remove left over adhesive. It make take a little longer with a heat gun, but it sure is worth it so yo don't destroy your paint.

    I have to remove some dealer installed plastic film door edge guards and door handle guards, so I am anxious to hear how your removal works out.
    I did remove the one section (pic above) using the 3M stuff and WD40 and it worked great. It did take some time however with the use of both of those I was able to remove most of the adhesive with no damage to the paint. I will put a heater in the garage and use a hair dryer to soften the adhesive though before I go for the middle section of the hood.
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    So far trying to remove the adhesive from the clear bra from my car I have used goo gone, 3M adhesive remover, WD-40 and tarminator bug and tar. The Tarminator has been the best product to use and work with. I was able to get 3/4 on the adhesive off the hood last night.
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    Lighter fluid? The kind used in a Zippo. I have used that various times, but not on the paint of my car. Not saying anything good or bad regarding paint, just that it is uncharted territory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tinman View Post
    Lighter fluid? The kind used in a Zippo. I have used that various times, but not on the paint of my car. Not saying anything good or bad regarding paint, just that it is uncharted territory.
    That's child's play, I'm gonna go get a couple gallons of 110 octane race gas and see what happens
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    And I'm finally done after hours of this shit. Paint is amazing underneath !
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    Oh yeah, not that my friend looks good. We'll worth the effort.
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    bump for a couple guys from the "what did you do to your V today" thread
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    Great video of the steamer removal! Looks like the clear bra did the job of protecting your paint!


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