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Old 06-05-2012, 06:27 PM   #1
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DIY: Plasti Dip Removal

Hey every one out there just posting this to inform every one don't know if it's been said or not but the best way to remove thin or excess over spray of plasti dip is WD-40 best **** on earth for it just spray it on let sit for about 30secs wipe off it melts the **** but still keeps it a solid so it's not just smearing it like other products (Goo gone) and its not harmful to ANY part of the exterior of our E46's just FYI thanks for reading!
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:36 PM   #2
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suggestion to your post - throw in a period once in a while
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:02 AM   #3
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Doesn't hurt paint at all?
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:05 AM   #4
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Doesn't hurt paint at all?
also wondering this ^^
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:30 PM   #5
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This kinda sounds stupid. I think the harsh chemicals in wd-40 will not be touching any parts of my paint, F THAT.

If this doesn't harm paint/clear coat please confirm.

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Old 06-06-2012, 12:56 PM   #6
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I want to melt that crap off my wheels, but really...I'm afraid of what they'll look like after I do.
The clear coat on my wheels had hundreds of small/tiny cracks in it and I'm worried the plasti-dip will have gotten in those cracks...leaving me with an even worse look than before (or now). Ugh...might as well try it on 1.
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:09 PM   #7
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somebody who has successfully removed plastidip (easily) please check in. List the part you took it off of and how you removed it? How long did it take? was there any damage done to the "area"? I'm also a little worried about using wd40 on my paint.
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:56 PM   #8
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hey guys, i have removed it off of my friend's ford f150 after doing the badges, and paint still looks perfect. just make sure you wipe it off after use
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Old 06-06-2012, 03:15 PM   #9
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I used WD40 on my car to remove some silver tar splatter that roofers got allover my car when doing a roof in Chicago. I was worried that the chemicals would hurt the paint, but nothing was getting it off except for the WD40. I tested a small area and it was fine. I did not let it sit for too long, just long enough to penetrate through the tar and after I was done I gave the car a good wash with soap and then waxed it. The paint looks fine to this day and no discoloration.
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:42 AM   #10
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I used an aerosol brake cleaner. It works great and doesn't leave a residue or smell. Spray it on and wipe it off with a rag.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:40 AM   #11
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Break cleaner can defy penetrate your cars clear coat and WD-40 will not hurt your paint at all my WHOLE CAR was plasti diped I called the
Makers of WD-40 to make sure if I use it if it will affect my cars paint or not they said you could leave it on for
Days nothing in the WD-40 chemical makeup will remove "CAR" paint but we do recommend you wash the car after such over use of WD-40 sorry for the no periods I use the app and I really don't care to press and extra button lol
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:06 PM   #12
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I just removed plasti-dip from my wheels. It was EASY!! Sprayed wd40 on...let it sit for abt 15 minutes and then pressure washed them clean. It blew off in sheets with ease. Sprayed the fenders too just to ensure no wd40 remained but it was a simple process.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:13 PM   #13
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hmmmm going to try this on my rims...I removed mine just by peeling it...no chemicals or water....came right off but my rims have alot of spokes so in between the spokes I just left it because i got lazy. Going to give this a shot...thanks OP.

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Old 06-09-2012, 07:21 PM   #14
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just use any quick detailer and a microfiber towel, it all rubs off pretty easily
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:50 PM   #15
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would this method of wd-40 work on the whole entire car ? i didnt spray enough coats on it so there for the plasti dip is very thin and a pain in the ass to remove ?
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:46 AM   #16
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I've used WD-40 on several bikes to remove stickers I didn't like on the fairings. Wipes off clean & never ruined the clear on the paint. Never use Goof Off or brake cleaner for your nice paint!
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:16 PM   #17
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I had black plasti dip on my kidney grills. It's been on for just over a year and the coat was too thin and had trouble getting it off. I found that spraying it with Tire Shine and rubbing it with a cotton cloth worked perfectly. It was like wiping off wet paint. It also left a shiny chrome finish. So yeah, tire shine and rub with a cloth will look like new. Not sure about paintwork though. Haven't put any on my paintwork.
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Old 07-13-2014, 10:35 AM   #18
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Goo Gone + pressure washer or microfiber cloth, harmless on the paint & quick.
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