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Anyone know how to remove the red paint from the tail filler panel tastefully?

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    Smile Anyone know how to remove the red paint from the tail filler panel tastefully?

    I want to remove the "trans am"/ logo off the back of the tail filler panel due to its severe painting and possibly put a decal in its place. Does anyone know how I can remove this without it looking noticable if I put a decal in its place. Would some really fine sand paper work. but I also dont want to scratch or scuff it up. I want it to look as though it was never there.. thansk guys

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    leave it in the sunlight for 3 years, that did it for mine

    really though, i bet some fine sandpaper, a lot of patience and some paint thinner will help you. I do belive the decals are just a hair wider than the original plastic seam, so you should be ok with them-slap some clear coat on them too, hoss.

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    hey! you have a blue one, like me. what color you gonna do the real filler? I repainted mine silver, but i forgot to clear it-not it's faded back. so I'm gonna redo it in white paint [yes, paint, i didn't want the decals]

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    I want to do it in silver... I have the door decals the ontiac bumper cover and the front bird done in silver... I was order the collector's edition filler plate b/c its silver but its like 85 bucks or something.. soo thsi would be the cheapest route.

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    i did mine in silver and mine is blue too

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    are those just decals

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    Hi there,
    The only real way to tastefully do it would be to buy the one that doesn't have it. Nothing like a new fresh one without any logo on it.

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    the ones on the bottom "PONTIAC" are not decals
    the one on the filler pannel is
    u cant really tell from the pic

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    Maybe try whatever method is used to remove decals. i dont know if the factory ones are stickier. if you sand it down that's fine just dont start w/ 2000 grit. start with something courser (whatever grit you feel can get it off quick then use smaller and smaller grit like when prepping for paint. make SURE that when you go to a smaller grit that you dont go smaller untill all the scratches are of that grit or less (deep). go all the way to 2000 grit then use something like mother's plastic polish and your peice will not only be decal free but also swirl and scratch free. you will NOT have any scratches left (not even tiny 2000 grit ones) if you do it right and apply the plastic polish a couple times. trust me i've done this with honeycomb tail lights that i bought cheap for my girlfriend's 94 firebird cuz they were all skuffed from an accident. good luck.

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    Yes, I do occasionally sell them outright. I pick up the old faded units & rework them into really nice lookin' pieces.

    I've done literally DOZENS of these things over the last couple years, ...

    I start with a 600 grit, keeping it wet, using a small 1/4 sheet sander.
    Then on to 1200-1500 by hand, then finish by hand with 2000 grit.
    Then I use an old Black & Decker orbital polisher with Zaino's Glass Polish first, then on to the Zaino Plastic Polish.

    They turn out excellent. Beautiful glossy shine. Had a guy one time, complained that it didn't match the taillights now because of too much shine! So he sent me the taillights to polish them also!

    You'll get the same/similar description by most anyone else who has done it. Although some may not put that much work into it, .... You can also use other brands of polish. I've tried others, but didn't get the same quality results as I do with the Zaino process.

    Good Luck!

    (By the way, I do all this with the units screwed down to my temp workbench work surface. Not on the car.)


    And yes, you can buy them from GM without the text & bird already. But they'll cost ya twice as much or more depending on the style you want.

    Firebird tail filler panel (from 93-97 Firebird V6) = 5977293
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 93-97 Formula) (plain black - no logo) = 5977294
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 94 25th Anniv TA) (white logo) = 5977296
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 93-94 Trans Am) = 5978095
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 95-97 Firebird 3800 GT V6) = 5978095
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 95-98 Trans Am) = 5977286
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 99 Trans Am) = 5978095
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 99 30th Anniv TA) (white logo) = 16525477
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 00-02 Trans Am) = 5977286
    Firebird tail filler panel (from 02 CETA) (silver logo) = 10312725

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    My car is blue and I ordered a chrome decal for my rear filler panel, from the WS6 store. I hav'nt put it on yet though.

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    you dont have to use that fine of sand paper i started with 220 and went to 400 and wet sanded then polished. it took about 30 minutes and cant see any swirl marks or anything. the factory bird is painted on there.

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