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Old 04-07-2005
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Pin stripe question

I want to pull off the pin stripe on my ranger, its an 02, bought it in 02...was wondering if i do, will where that stripe was be a darker color than the rest of the truck? if it is, what can i do to fix it bsides re paint?
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I pulled mine off. Black truck. If you look close you can see the paint below the striping is darker but it's not usually noticeable. There is a product, I forget the name sorry, something like sticker blaster I think. I got it at Autozone. Do it on a hot day or use a hair dryer. Warm up the striping and spray sticker blaster (or whatever it's called) along the strip. Let it sit for a few second then you should be able to grab one end and slow pull it up. I was able to get over a foot section at a time. Pull till you have about 4" off, then move your hand back to the base and repeat.
Without sticker blaster I was barely able to get 8" or so so it's definately a help.
You CAN get it off without the stuff it's just more of a pin and time consuming.
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once it is off and if you see color differences, just go wash it real good and mabe wax it?

i dunno if waxing can make that go away...

anyone know for sure?
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thanx guys..ill try them both....and i dont kno what waxing would do other than make it shinier? mayb....if that dont work i guess i can try paint compoudin stuff, or i forgot what its called, but it makes paint blend into scratches to cover them up
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I would try to bring back the luster of your original paint instead of dull down the stripes.
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Use a light polish with a wheel rather than compound. Then a sealer followed by a wax. Just becareful with a wheel you can actually go through the clear coat. I don't know if this will work for sure cuz I don't know how bad it will be under your stripes but I bet itz got a good chance of making it look better. I am thinking about pulling my stripe off too but I got a white truck and it might look yellow under it and that will be real hard to get off.
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I can't see why it would be yellow. Should just be a cleaner white.
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I would remove the pin stripping ,then clay bar down the whole truck use a sealer then wax if there is any paint fad your not going to remove it any way since its in the base coat not in the clear coat
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sometimes the dye fromthe stripewill get into the paint and dye the paint.... only on crapy non factory stripes, I've seen it happen before....
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It's a fairly new truck, so it shouldn't be too hard to take off without any evidence that it was even on there. I made sure that my truck was clean before I peeled my EDGE and dealer emblems off, then used a wet cotton rag (to avoid scratches) to get the rest of the sticky crap off there. Then I simply waxed the spot where the stickers used to be, and bam, my truck is completely black.
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me and a friend were bored one day and started to take the pin stripping off his red cavalier by hand using just our finger nails.. it hurt, but didnt take long at all.. you could never tell it was there. we then did another friend's grand am, it was a dark green.. we used some bug and tar remover, or something liek that... it took 3 of us like 5 mins to get them off that car, and agian, you can't see the difference in paint colors.
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I used a hair dryer and pulled mine off then used goo-gone to remove the adhesive left on the paint then cleaned the area where the stripes were then waxed it, and u cant really tell where they were. Typically the area under the stripes wouldnt be darker then the rest of ur paint it would be brighter as a result of no sun hittin that area and the rest of ur paint sitting out in the elements and fading. If that happens I wouldnt worry that area will fade in a matter of time.
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