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Old 10-18-2014, 05:40 PM   #1
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Clear coat raised edge where vinyl decals were... need help

I began removing my black vinyl stripes on my white mustang. For whatever reason the previous owner re-clearcoated the trunk with the stripes installed. So as I was pulling off the stripe I noticed a perfect raised edge of height difference from where the decal was. Rather than taking the trunk in for a sand and re spray of clear coat, can I gently wet sand the small edge to take away the appearance. Plz send ideas. Thx

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Old 10-19-2014, 01:41 AM   #2
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Did the last owner have the stripes put on? I know if they are factory that are usually under the clear coat i think.

I know you can cut the clear coat down with something to smooth it out and then build it back up, but that would be a lot of work. Best thing to do would be take it to a body shop for the opinion.
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Lots of wet sanding and lots of rubbing compound.


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Old 10-19-2014, 02:46 AM   #4
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2500 Grit Sandpaper to smooth it out. Then Maguire's Ultimate Compound with a Dual Action Buffer. Then Polish as Normal & will be Good as New. It will look Dull & Scratched after Sanding...Don't worry...you'll never see that after using Ultimate Compound. I even used it to clean up my Head lights. Made them look Brand New. Painted lots of car parts & used it & always got great results. Ultimate Compound is the Bomb in my book !!!
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Thanks guys. The stripes are aftermarket and the clear coat is only redone on the trunk. I guess I can give it a try with what hellish horse provided. Body shop as my backup.

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The only thing about the Ultimate Compound is your car may be more Shinny where you use it. After you do the Stripe area...do your car with the rest of the bottle & your car will shine like new. If car has Oxidation use Maquier's #49 Boat & Hull Cleaner. Cleans it up real nice. After Oxidation removed...Ultimate Compound & then wax to seal the shine. I've bought several Mustangs that looked like crap but were low mileage. I cleaned them up over 1 weekend & sold them for nearly double. I lived off that for a year while I was laid off. (You wont need a body / paint shop.)
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Old 10-19-2014, 02:20 PM   #7
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If you have a heat gun the stripes will come off easier & cleaner. Just hold it behind the decal as your pulling it off slowly.
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Thanks again. The paint on my car is in great shape. The stripes were coming off easily with the heat gun I was using. Just stopped and layed the stripe back down after I saw the clear coat height difference in the trunk.

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Hellish question for you. I got everything I need to make this happen, but the sandpaper I was only able to get was a variety pack that had only one sheet of 2500 grit in it. It came with a couple 2000 grit sheets. Could I start with 2000 and finish with 2500? Or is 2000 to harsh? Thx

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The 2000 will work for the job as well. But i wouldn't go any less than that.
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If you have a Jewelry supply store in your area they have 2500 & even 3000 grit sandpaper or polishing paper as they call it. They sell it in 8.5"x11" sheets for about $1.00 per sheet. They use it to polish Jewelery. It's cheaper than buying it at an auto parts store.
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Perfect. ... let you know how it turns out. Doing it Saturday. Thx for your time!

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If you have a Jewelry supply store in your area they have 2500 & even 3000 grit sandpaper or polishing paper as they call it. They sell it in 8.5"x11" sheets for about $1.00 per sheet. They use it to polish Jewelery. It's cheaper than buying it at an auto parts store.
Should I use a rubber sanding block or get a more flexible one to smooth out that edge that's bordering my decals?

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I wouldn't think you'd have to sand that deep to need a sanding block...but it wont hurt to use one. Shouldn't have to sand that hard. If it doesn't smooth out quite a bit with the 2000 - 2500 grit you may have to use 1500 first. Don't go any less than 1500 or you'll have trouble getting it smooth without any scratch marks showing. Just make sure you keep the area you're sanding a little wet. You'll get a pretty good idea of what it will look like polished up by the wetness when you're sanding. When it feels pretty smooth & you like the shine you see when it's wet...Then use the Ultimate Compound. It will look really good after the compound but feels a little like it's rubber coated. Use a Polish of your choice to finish it up. If you don't polish it afterwards dirt & stuff will start sticking to it. Once it's polished...No Problem.
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I wouldn't think you'd have to sand that deep to need a sanding block...but it wont hurt to use one. Shouldn't have to sand that hard. If it doesn't smooth out quite a bit with the 2000 - 2500 grit you may have to use 1500 first. Don't go any less than 1500 or you'll have trouble getting it smooth without any scratch marks showing. Just make sure you keep the area you're sanding a little wet. You'll get a pretty good idea of what it will look like polished up by the wetness when you're sanding. When it feels pretty smooth & you like the shine you see when it's wet...Then use the Ultimate Compound. It will look really good after the compound but feels a little like it's rubber coated. Use a Polish of your choice to finish it up. If you don't polish it afterwards dirt & stuff will start sticking to it. Once it's polished...No Problem.
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Stuck with a yellow haze where the black decals were. Haven't started removing any of the old backing that stuck to car.

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Stuck with a yellow haze where the black decals were. Haven't started removing any of the old backing that stuck to car.

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So are you all done with it ? It looks good to me. I can't see a yellow haze in the pics you posted. Actually, I could see it slightly in the 1st pic you posted. I'm guessing you got rid of it from the looks of things.
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So are you all done with it ? It looks good to me. I can't see a yellow haze in the pics you posted. Actually, I could see it slightly in the 1st pic you posted. I'm guessing you got rid of it from the looks of things.
Getting my 08 GT next weekend....Can't Wait !!! Took it out for a Test Drive yesterday & man oh man I never felt so good. It's got some balls.
Still sanding the trunk. But the edge is disappearing. When I pull my car outside the haze becomes barely visible. The lights in the garage draw it out a little more. Thank you for your time and info. I'm glad you convinced me to do this. I'm very happy with the results.
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Kool...Glad it's working out for you.
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Nothing but compliments and thumbs up Hellish. Wish I did this a year ago when I first got the car.
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