Remove Branding From Your Car





Introduction: Remove Branding From Your Car

About: i like to tinker.

I don't want this on my car!!!

Also, Please vote for me for the "Before and After" contest! Thanks!!!

Step 1: This Isn't NASCAR

In the automobile business companies mistakenly believe they can put their logos on anything we buy and we will proudly wear these billboards for free. They are wrong. Logos, models, and features don't belong on the side of my car unless they are paying me some of those sweet sweet sponsorship monies.

I recently added a cap to my truck and this instructable will show you how to safely remove their stuck on puffy stickers that block my rear view.

Step 2: Pick Your Weapon (s)

This will deal exclusively with removing the brand sticker from the back window of the LXXR truck cap.

You will need:

  • Something that blows hot air, like a hair blow dryer or heat gun.
  • Something that scrapes that will not scratch your surface, like a plastic spudger used for removing interior panels.
  • Something like a thin string, basically floss. (This I didn't need but you can use instead of the spudger)
  • Something that dissolves adhesive, like Goo Gone or Acetone

Step 3: Apply Heat

Don't go crazy, just warm it up enough to loosen the glue.

Step 4: Peel

Start from a corner and start peeling slowly. It is easier if you can keep the thing in one continuous piece.

If it doesn't come up easily apply more heat.

Continue until the whole thing is removed.

Step 5: A Sticky Mess

Once you have removed all of the letters it will look something like this.

Step 6: Solvent Time

Add your adhesive solvent (Acetone in my case) liberally to a rag and wipe your troubles away. You will have to turn your rag to an unused part once it stops removing adhesive and add more solvent, wipe some more.

Step 7: So Fresh, So Clean

Before and After!

Now when I am driving down the road I don't have to stare at that logo in my back window "leering" back at me :)

Come for the instructable, stay for the puns.

Step 8: Works on Other Stuff Too

This process will work on just about every logo on your car except for the main ones located in the grill, on the center of the hood, or in the center of the trunk. The main logos are held on with pins and fasteners as well as adhesive and will leave holes when you remove them.

Just be very careful when you are dealing with a logo on the paint of your car. Test the solvent in an inconspicuous place to make sure it doesn't remove the paint.



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Again, a bit off topic but I'm amazed that people put up with all the promotional material that car dealers slap on the back of cars and around license plates. I think this practice is very common in North America. Whenever I have bought a car I always specify "no insignia." Many people maybe don't realize they have the option.

As the police move towards routinely scanning licence plates as they drive along, I think we will see them clamping down on the use of license frames since they can obscure the plate. I understand that even clear acrylic covers are, strictly speaking, illegal.

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Here's the dealer decal on my second-hand car (not a Toyota). Kinda cute though. For some reason, their licence frame would not attach, so ducked that.


One year I bought a new vehicle, the only one I ever bought new, and I specified that I didn't want any badging including the manufacturer, and they complied. I agree that the manufacturers get enough advertising from us, so remove the badging if you don't want it. It will definitely make washing and waxing a lot easier.

Leer is what a man does at a woman before she sla;ps his face, at least in the movies; of course its dark in the movies so I am just guessing.

Apple used to number its operating system versions but now it names them after animals and other things. It seems that many Apple owners aren't good at math.

Thanks, I am going to do this to my vehicle, and had been wondering how to do it.

In spanish NOVA is changed (for joke) to: No-Va (Doesn't Work).

They also said it could be bad to call a Nissan: NOTE changed for joke. No Te Subas (Don't get in!)

The Volkswagen Jetta in Valenciano (a dialect in Spain) sounds near pornographic! (For joking of course), Similar to the Mitsubishi Pajero

And finally they say there has been a car renamed because of Zica virus outrage (don't know which brand was).

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Sorry, Valenciano is not a dialect of Spanish. The main language is Catalonian and in Valencia we call it "Valenciano". There is always controversy about what is what.

No wonder you won't have that. "Leer" is German and means "empty" xD

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Wow! A recursive logo xD Now I'm starting to ask myself whether that dealer has his roots in Germany, Spain or the Netherlands. Or maybe he came from Britain and the name is mutated from Lear.

Obviously the latter: "When creating a name for his new company, Collins was inspired by both Shakespeare's King Lear and Learjet aircraft."

Most companies put a lot of effort into finding the meaning of their brand names in other languages. Sometimes it fails though. E.g. Mitsubishi is favorite in failing. The first strange name was Pajero for a Jeep-like car. Sound cool in German, but google what that means in Spanish. Recently they introduced an electric car they called Mief - which literally means "Stinks" ROFL

Chevy is notorious for this, too! They made a car called the Nova that completely failed in South America. In Spanich no va means "won't go" :P

In two words yes, but in one it means new.

Not in Spanish, it doesn't. In Spanish, new is nuevo, and in Portuguese it is novo.

So many people think their own language is the only one in the world. That's what made him think "nova" means "new" everywhere. Actually a Nova is also a star that explodes.

To take this even more off topic: people use "quantum leap" as some extraordinary step (at least here in Germany). But basically in physics (where it comes from) it is the tiniest step possible.

Language is real fun - a good reason to get rid of words where they don't belong.

But that's what people catch. Actually I was wrong with the Mief since it's spelt MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) but what people hear is "Mief" which is pronounced the same - and as said means "bad smell". Double joke points for an electric car. Also for not No Go xD