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Need help removing center taillight panel decals!!

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    Junior Member 98LS1TransAm's Avatar
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    Need help removing center taillight panel decals!!

    Hi! We have just bought some decals to replace our firebird/trans am decal in the back of the TA and we have to actually take the old decals off first....the original one...thats anyways....we need help on a good clean way to get these off....I've heard to use rubbing compound then to use a polishing glaze....but for one...the rubbing compound says not to use on plastic....and well that little panel is definitely plastic...and I do not know what they mean by "polishing glaze" ....the people at autozone said wax? then they showed me that Mothers Back to Black stuff which I just don't like in general..... so I really want to get these new decals on they are white and will look awesome but want to do this right and not ruin please any help would be greatly appreciated! thanx!

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    Smiles for 9.5 Years cammed goat's Avatar
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    Being that panel is plastic, you would be better off just peeling them off by hand in my opinion.

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    2000 formula

    wax and grease remover

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    Those are not decals on the rear center panel they are painted on.
    The best way to remove them is to sand them off and then use a plastic polish to buff the panel back to it's original luster.
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    ALL rear center panel emblems I've ever seen are decals, not paint.
    I just purchased new replacement decals for mine. The TRANS AM letters and the bird.
    Also, all I've seen from the factory have been red in color.
    Regardless, my friend that works in a body shop tells me they now use a rubber wheel in a drill moter to remove old decals and pin strips without causing damage to the plastic or paint.

    I'll find out in the next couple weeks when we rework mine.
    I'll post an update about it.
    This T/A WS6 is Factory modified by ASC at the Lachine facility on March 13, 1998 and is identified to be
    ASC build #206.
    We took delivery from Pontiac dealer April 7th, 1998.
    ASC Factory letter provided from them.

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    Senior Member kingls1's Avatar
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    If thay are a decal there are several products out there to remove decals such as PB blaster decal remover, Goo Gone, or check with a local paint supplier or body shop for what thay use... If the decal is just faded and not torn or parts missing then just go over top with new decal, use soapy water get it lined up and use a hair drier then smooth with a clean lint free cloth...soapy water will allow you to move it and get it lined up and will not affect the gental and take your time

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