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Old 12-01-2014, 05:10 PM   #1
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Remove 13 year old clear bra - HELP

Hello everyone, Im new to the form but already ive learned so much. I bought an 02 mustang GT 5 speed about a week ago with 89k miles on it. It has this clear bra on it that the FL son has baked and cracked on and it looks horrid. It comes off, ive been using turtle wax tire shine to get it off with a plastic scraper. The paint underneath is perfect. Only issue is, it leaves so much adhesive residue. Ive tried 3M adhesive remover and WD-40 to no avail. I bought some automotive goo gone and will try that. Any suggestions?

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The best stuff I have used for removing adhesive is called Goof-off it comes in a yellow can and seems to always do the trick. It's relatively inexpensive and most hardware stores carry it.


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Heat it up with a heat gun or even a blow dryer and use the goo gone and plastic scrapper. Focus on one section at a time.


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man id rather deal with that than the permanent bug damage the previous owner left me with on the front bumper.
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:23 AM   #5
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Lighter fluid. Very gentle but shifts sticky goo


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Old 12-02-2014, 09:47 AM   #7
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really? is nobody going to make a joke about the title of this thread?
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As sick as my mind is, I'm not going to make a 13 yr old's bra joke... and will nuke any posts I see about it.
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Well said


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Old 12-02-2014, 12:17 PM   #10
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As sick as my mind is, I'm not going to make a 13 yr old's bra joke... and will nuke any posts I see about it.
that explains it.
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:22 PM   #11
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You've got your work cut out for you there !!! That Front End...whoa...Never seen one that bad. I'm sure it will come off with a Heat Gun & a Scraper but it's going to take a while.
Is that on the Roof too ? Yeah...get it all off & then buff the car out with some ultimate compound & finish up with a wax & she'll look sweet when you're done.
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Old 12-02-2014, 04:55 PM   #12
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WD40 can help get the residual goo off. I also agree with the comment about Goof Off, it works better than other adhesive removers I've tried.

I went through the same process with my '02 Lexus. It was painful enough that I'm not going to use that stuff again on my Mustang.
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lol i was wondering what this topic was about im just glad it was about the car ...........if not

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best bet is goo gone and a buffer to scrub for u.
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I bought some goo gone, will try it. Also going to try ascetone and mineral spirits. Will give an update, got side tracked with the arrival of my new white face gauge cluster

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Old 12-02-2014, 07:12 PM   #15
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Acetone.... won't that eat your clearcoat?

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Also saw this work on another forum. Make sure you use it correctly. Also heard a suggestion of a steam cleaner. Steam worked on old window tint.

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Acetone evaporates so fast I've heard it should not be an issue. I would never leave a soaked rag on my car for any period of time, as that may well eat the clear coat. I am trying goo-gone right now, will update when and if I see any results. Will try that eraser pad also, at this point I think thats gonna be my best bet as no solvents or chemicals have done a thing so far.
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Goo-Gone did a grand total of nothing. Even with a plastic scraper the adhesive didn't budge, just to clarify, I've gotten the actual bra off a lot of areas, that comes off with a tire shine product I bought and plastic scraper blades. What does not come off is the adhesive used for the bra. I will return the goo-gone and buy that eraser pad, will post an update when I try that. In the meantime, any suggestions are welcome.
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Old 12-03-2014, 01:56 AM   #19
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Is the adhesive still sticky or dry & hard ? You might need something a little more abrasive.
I use baking soda mixed with dish soap to make a paste to clean oxidation off. It might work for what you're doing. You will have to buff the area where you use it as it will leave really fine scratches but they do buff right out very easy. If that don't work you may have to sand it off. If you sand it don't use anything less then 2000 grit sandpaper or you'll sand too deep.
With 2000 or 2500 grit you can just get the goo off & barely scratch the clear coat. You'll still have to buff it out with Maguires Ultimate Compound afterward to make it look new again.
I just gave instructions to someone on here a few weeks ago on how to remove their racing stripes. They used the sandpaper & Ultimate Compound & they said the car turned out beautiful & they got a lot of compliments on it. It took him about a week to get it all done.
He had to do the Hood, Roof, Trunk & both Bumpers though. He posted pics of before & after if you want to look it up. Can't remember the title but if you look for a post on removing Racing Stripes in the last month or so you'll find it. It was a White 94/95 GT that had Black Stripes.
I would think a clear bra would be quite similar although I've never removed one.
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The adhesive is many years dried. As you said I may have to get abrasive. i will try 2000-2500 grit sandpaper and maybe a buffing compound with a cutting pad

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That will do it for sure
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How would you guys recommend buffing out the little scratches the sanding will cause?

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i like meguiars scratch x, 3m rubbing compound, meguairs ultimate compound, or anything more expensive i guess. i would avoid cheap stuff like turtle wax rubbing compound, which added scratches to my car. the scratch x is finer than rubbing compound and is good at removing swirls. use a microfiber cloth.
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Our black Stang had a whiteish scratch on the hood, about 4 inches long. Really pissed about it. Scratch X removed it in a single pass. Absolute magic that stuff.


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Get Goof Off not Goo Gone....


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Seriously though, if it were my car, I would take a razor blade to it if I had to. Razor blade the **** off and then fix the paint.


Another option, have you tried to use nail polish remover on it? I know that nail polish remover gets rid of a lot of things including adhesives. I accidently super-glued my finger a little bit one time and my girlfriend put some nail polish remover on and the stuff melted right off. Im guessing you would want to be pretty damn careful with that stuff around paint though considering the fact that its designed to actually remove paint from finger nails haha.


But that goes for anything that's going to be effective for you right now. It sounds like its going to require something pretty tough to get it off. So that means that it will probably be something that's dangerous around paint. It just goes with the territory sometimes.
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