Introduction: Remove Branding From Your Car

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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

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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)

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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

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

Step 4: Peel

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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

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

Step 6: Solvent Time

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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

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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.


MarkF111 (author)2016-01-28

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.

OmarJ3 (author)MarkF1112016-06-30

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.

HariKarier11 (author)MarkF1112016-01-29

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.

Mjtrinihobby (author)2016-04-21

great write up!

Jack Rodgers (author)2016-03-26

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.

merenguele (author)2016-02-15

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).

merenguele (author)merenguele2016-02-15

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.

ThomasK19 (author)2016-01-27

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

danieljs24 (author)ThomasK192016-02-02

in Spanish, it means "Read"

ThomasK19 (author)danieljs242016-02-02

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.

ThomasK19 (author)ThomasK192016-02-02

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

J to the T (author)ThomasK192016-01-27

Cool, I did not know that!

ThomasK19 (author)J to the T2016-01-27

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

tinaciousz (author)ThomasK192016-01-27

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

rafununu (author)tinaciousz2016-01-28

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

Eoghancb (author)rafununu2016-01-28

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

ThomasK19 (author)Eoghancb2016-01-28

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.

BryceM41 (author)ThomasK192016-02-02

It is a TV show on PBS ;-)

ThomasK19 (author)rafununu2016-01-28

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

joshiii92 (author)ThomasK192016-01-28

I heard the same thing about an old 4WD we have here called a "Jackaroo" meaning something like w*nker in Japanese, but I've never checked if its true - does that make me a Jackaroo? :D

Mark 42 (author)tinaciousz2016-01-28

The Nova myth is just an urban legend (check snopes)

Ah no. Dissection jokes only works out to get yourself angry. That is when you're out the door and know what you should have replied. I like the No Va meme, no matter whether it's true or false. It's simply funny. And the MiEV doesn't sell because it's bad or stinks (of course it doesn't) but because regulations still make it unaffordable compared to (stinking) VWs (yeah, we Germans are now also world champions in cheating!).

bill_brown (author)tinaciousz2016-01-28

Nova, for Chevy in North America was a very successful model for Chevy from 1966 to 1974. I even had a 1972 model and it was my first car. It was a dream car to drive.

gurugabe (author)tinaciousz2016-01-28

Yes, you have to realize the difference when looking at it, No Va as apposed to Nova. They were really crappy cars which is what made them nickname the car no va.

wisconsinjimmy (author)gurugabe2016-01-28

yes real cheap but stuff a 396 in it and SHAZAM!!!

lapenta (author)tinaciousz2016-01-28

there was a car called Ford Pinto. Pinto is the exact word for D*ck in Brazil.

DEEJAY642 (author)tinaciousz2016-01-28

hahaha that is the funny side of the story that everyone needs to hear about!!!!

fattG (author)ThomasK192016-01-29

How about the 'Nova'.

Spanish slang for "won't go".

RobertP78 (author)ThomasK192016-01-28

Toyota is famous in my book for their marketing section. I have seen numerous COROLLA CE's on the streets, and why any manufacturer would name their full size truck Tundra (frozen mud)

antioch (author)RobertP782016-01-29

The term is most widely known as a geographical term describing very cold (climate) regions where the soil has high moisture content.

Noone uses it to talk about frozen mud.

namora (author)ThomasK192016-01-28

Who could forget the No Go Nova?

DEEJAY642 (author)ThomasK192016-01-28

HAHAHAHAHA that is a really cool fact!!!!!! and i admire the way you put questions on nearly every featured instructable!! WELL DONE!

ThomasK19 (author)DEEJAY6422016-01-28

Thank you. I guess we all read here for the fun facts too :-)

balloondoggle (author)ThomasK192016-02-02

It's for security purposes. If the container is clearly labeled "empty" no German speaking thief will bother to break in.

ThomasK19 (author)balloondoggle2016-02-02

lol - so in Germany we should label them pusty to daunt Polish burglars.

antioch (author)ThomasK192016-01-28

But but but to ward of would-be thieves?

ThomasK19 (author)antioch2016-01-28

Uhm. I'm not a native English speaker. So sorry for spoiling the joke which is likely behind that :-/ but can you explain it? Thanks :-)

almightyg0d (author)ThomasK192016-01-28

"Leer" (or Leder) is the Dutch word for Leather :)

GergelyD (author)2016-02-02

Acetone on glass is OK, but on painted surfaces... no way. I'd rather recommend to fill the sticky mess after peeling with talc powder and rub it off. Works fine, but if it seems too hard at first apply some white spirit or benzin but not the most agressive solvent -acetone.

k8e (author)2016-02-02

Replace that 'string' with fishing line - thinner and stronger - 'soak' the 'badge' first (make a little damn around the item that will hold your GooGone or ?) let it soak and it will / may be easier to remove - then, when it is removed and there is adhesive left behind - place a small piece of 'paper' (towel) over the remaining adhesive - soak it - and 'cover' it with something like plastic wrap to slow evaporation - and then work on rubbing it away (do not use 'paper' for this part - old sock, old towel, etc).

BryceM41 (author)2016-02-02

I did this to my first new vehicle, a 1988 Toyota truck. I wanted to take off the side badges but they were snapped into 2 holes in the sheet metal.

I did take off the T O Y O T A decals on the tail gate. I put it facing the sun for an hour and used a plastic putty knife to gently peel of the decals. I loved the results! Actually the very first thing I did when I got my truck home is change the awful dealer license plate frames to a cheap set of plain ones...I hate those things!

nwonharp (author)2016-02-02

Yeah , J ,

I never did like the idea of the car dealers getting free advertisement on my vehicle . If it is a small logo , or a license plate frame , I don't worry too much . I don't wear tee shirts with advertising , except for products that I actually use and like ( Fender and Gibson guitars , Harley Davidson bikes , and others ) Or to support a particular group or cause that I am in favor of ( veterans , etc ) .

One of my vehicles that I have is an ugly old 1990 3/4 ton Chevy cargo van , with 250,000 miles on it . It will start and run anytime i need it , and haul anything I put in it . It was originally gray , but a previous owner had painted it white , with a brush or a dirty broom or something ! anyway , the paint is peeling off in a lot of places , and my neighbor says ,( hey , Ray can you paint your van ? ! )

Anyway , on that vehicle , I could possibly do some " negative advertisement " for the dealers , by putting a large logo of theirs on the back doors !!

Cheers , take care , and have a good day !!....73...

wileypdf (author)2016-01-31

A razor blade with windex is the best option for removing anything from glass.

However, this process described in the instruct able is perfect for a clear coat.

3366carlos (author)2016-01-30

i removed the badges on my Lexus, only to find out it had lining up pins, so I stopped removing them, now I have two little holes in my hood.

J to the T (author)3366carlos2016-01-30

Yeah, some if them are like that. The H on the front bumper of my S2000 had the same thing. I had to pay a couple hundred dollars to have it filled and painted.

fattG (author)2016-01-29

Goo-Gone removed paint from bumper along with old bumper sticker.

crazyg (author)2016-01-29

i drive a suzuki swift 1 liter , it isnt!

iv found that old genuine turpentine is good for removing sticky off sensitive materials, and it does not evaporate quickly.

LancasterPA (author)2016-01-28

Wow, really? This is overkill. On GLASS a single sided razor would work just fine. No need for anything you have in this instructable. You can even get all the stickum off with the razor. NEVER use solvent like you have written, use gasoline as a solvent. That will get rid of most goo and auto body finishes are made to resist gas especially if it has been waxed with a quality polymer wax. Thumbs down on this one.

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