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Old 08-14-2012, 01:40 PM   #1
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Okay guys....you know my dang louvers are on upside down. I need to switch them. What's the best way to take them off and are they..."reusable" for lack of a better word... Also where can I order more 3M tape to reinstall them...?!? I know it was on here somewhere how to remove it but I can't find it...
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Okay guys....you know my dang louvers are on upside down. I need to switch them. What's the best way to take them off and are they..."reusable" for lack of a better word... Also where can I order more 3M tape to reinstall them...?!? I know it was on here somewhere how to remove it but I can't find it...
i don't know about reusable, but i know that you can use a heat gun to loosen up the adhesive. i've heard of people using dental floss on things like that, but you'll end up damaging your car.
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i don't know about reusable, but i know that you can use a heat gun to loosen up the adhesive. i've heard of people using dental floss on things like that, but you'll end up damaging your car.
I don't want to damage my car that's why I have been apprehensive about taking them off but it's annoying the ***** out of me. *grrrrrr*
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Use fishing line to take them off. Then get some 3m double sided tape from a hardware store.
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Use fishing line to take them off. Then get some 3m double sided tape from a hardware store.
Will the fishing line damage my car?
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As long as you don't scrape it against the paint I think it should be fine.
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As long as you don't scrape it against the paint I think it should be fine.
Lmao. Oh yeah cuz I'd do that intentionally! Haha I'm nervous about this whole fishing line technique.
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Use fishing line and pull up toward the scoop as you work it. It'll keep it away from your cars paint. That or use a heat gun and you start pulling it off. The heat gun and some goo gone will be invaluable for removal of the adhesive.
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1. Heat it up
2. Use fish line (I like spider line bc it's stronger so you can get thinner ones..)
3. Use a sawing motion, if you're unsure about your precision pull towards you a little while doing this so it's not against the paint and leaves a little bit more residue
4. then you can use WD40 or goo-gone. saturate a towel and hold against adhesive. I would recommend goo gone bc wd 40 may damage paint if you're not careful
5. clay/polish
6. done!
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Use fishing line and pull up toward the scoop as you work it. It'll keep it away from your cars paint. That or use a heat gun and you start pulling it off. The heat gun and some goo gone will be invaluable for removal of the adhesive.
Please remember that I'm in a foreign country! While I'm sure they have heat guns as to where the eff I would I woul find one is beyond me!! You think my blow dryer would work?!? Hahah but seriously.... Lol
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Blow dryer should do the trick..
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Blow dryer should do the trick..
I'll have to try to it! Thanks!
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A blow dryer will work fine Ash. "Don't use 2000lb test fishing line"lol I've used this method before. Take your time and you'll be fine.
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The blow dryer would work just fine, just might take a little more time. Be patient and let louver come off on it's own just using little force. Goo gone the area and rub out any left over adhesive and do the same on the louver too. I personally wouldn't use the fishing line or a scraper, just take my time, use heat and rub out the remainder of the adhesive. I used the 3m double sided auto tape before that it's very simple and effective to use.

Just make sure you put them on the right way this time heheh
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u can get the double stick tape off of ebay. automotive grade 3m is what you want. hey if ya cant find it i could send you some to an apo if u want to reimburse for the costs. lmk.
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Okay guys....you know my dang louvers are on upside down. I need to switch them. What's the best way to take them off and are they..."reusable" for lack of a better word... Also where can I order more 3M tape to reinstall them...?!? I know it was on here somewhere how to remove it but I can't find it...
Hey I'd you use different 3m tape than what came with it? If so what did you use? Cause it sounds like its sticking on there pretty good haha
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I use w d 40 to take off 3m tape just soak the area, let sit for a little bit pull off.
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Heat gun is always the way to make things easier. I work in electonics and we use heatguns for many tasks, look for an electronics hobby shop..some of the best precision tools i use are made in germany! A heat gun will come with special tips so you can point your heat into a specific spot.

Glad you are fixing the mistake...next time install them yourself!
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Heat gun is always the way to make things easier. I work in electonics and we use heatguns for many tasks, look for an electronics hobby shop..some of the best precision tools i use are made in germany! A heat gun will come with special tips so you can point your heat into a specific spot.

Glad you are fixing the mistake...next time install them yourself!
Well I found someone with a heat gun today and we worked on it. Took about an hour to get one off and the dang tape removed! But the louver is salvageable!

Just needed to be careful with the heat gun be quick with it because if not it'll ruin the paint on the lovers. And instead of fishing line I used floss and it worked well and no damage to my car!! We ran out of daylight so tomorrow we will remove the other one but thanks everyone for the help! I'll be sure to put these on my self next go round!!
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Use some painters tape on the car around the louver you won't have to worry about messing up the paint when using the fishing line or in your case dental floss. I wouldn't even worry about the heat gun until you get the louver off with the floss. Since the louver 3m tape is on the window and not the car you should be okay to use a small razor rather than the heat gun...just my opinion.
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Glad it worked for you Ash! Gotta keep Roxie looking pretty.
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You better paint hose lovers pink before putting them on!
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You better paint hose lovers pink before putting them on!
yeah if you painted the edge of each scoop with a little bit of pink itd be bad ***!
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Will the fishing line damage my car?
No the paint should not get damaged. To damage the paint you would have to rub threw the clear coat. If you do scratch it. A little wet sanding and buffing will clean up any blemishes. Go to an automotive store for auto grade 3M tape. Personally I would take it to a body shop and have them remove and reinstalled.
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