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    Fellow Gurus! I need your opinion!!

    Unfortunately, my car came equipped with painted on pinstripes. The pinstripes are not ugly, don't get me wrong, but they just do not belong on a wrx.

    So in my valiant search for an effective and unharmful method of removal I found this. Apparently a bunch of guys over at the Lexus boards do not like the pinstripes that the dealer put on their cars. This method seems to work fine for them and supposedly will not harm the finish.

    I just wanted everyone's opinion on this method and if you thought it might be safe to attempt.

    Thanks guys.
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    Holy crap. There is NO way, EVER, that I would use that technique. Easy Off? is that a joke?

    I used to use Easy Off (which is an oven cleaner) to remove anodizing from aluminum (rc cars), thats how powerful it is. And when I did, I used heavy duty rubber gloves. That is very, very, very nasty stuff, and whoever decided to try that on their paint had some huge cajones and/ or an equally large bank account in the event it ate through the paint...

    All I know is I would never do it. I'd keep looking for other, safer solutions first.

    You're sure its painted on,and not a sticker?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redline927 View Post
    Holy crap. There is NO way, EVER, that I would use that technique. Easy Off? is that a joke?

    I used to use Easy Off (which is an oven cleaner) to remove anodizing from aluminum (rc cars), thats how powerful it is. And when I did, I used heavy duty rubber gloves. That is very, very, very nasty stuff, and whoever decided to try that on their paint had some huge cajones and/ or an equally large bank account in the event it ate through the paint...

    All I know is I would never do it. I'd keep looking for other, safer solutions first.

    You're sure its painted on,and not a sticker?
    Yes I'm sure they're painted on.

    I searched through many detailing forums (autopia.org) and the Easy off method is the most commonly used. The other method is wetsanding, but I wouldn't trust myself with that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mustangtx63 View Post
    Yes I'm sure they're painted on.

    I searched through many detailing forums (autopia.org) and the Easy off method is the most commonly used. The other method is wetsanding, but I wouldn't trust myself with that...
    Good luck. Report back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redline927 View Post
    Good luck. Report back.
    I don't think I have the marbles to do it.
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    I like my pinstripes. I wish they were painted on.

    Close up pics of said pinstripes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mustangtx63 View Post
    Yes I'm sure they're painted on.

    I searched through many detailing forums (autopia.org) and the Easy off method is the most commonly used. The other method is wetsanding, but I wouldn't trust myself with that...
    Story time- My dad and I were looking at an s4 for my brother. We really liked it a lot from the outside, unfortunately we were seeing it at night. Went back like a week later, and there were awful wetsanding marks on the body where the pin stripe had been removed. This was a dealer car. I would take it to a professional, and just get an estimate. If dealer can't get it right...you may want to go to a specialist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by speedDman1 View Post
    Story time- My dad and I were looking at an s4 for my brother. We really liked it a lot from the outside, unfortunately we were seeing it at night. Went back like a week later, and there were awful wetsanding marks on the body where the pin stripe had been removed. This was a dealer car. I would take it to a professional, and just get an estimate. If dealer can't get it right...you may want to go to a specialist.
    I think that's what I'll do.

    ...or I might just leave 'um..

    Quote Originally Posted by wrx wagone View Post
    I like my pinstripes. I wish they were painted on.

    Close up pics of said pinstripes?
    I don't have extreme closeups, but you can get the idea from these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mustangtx63 View Post
    I don't have extreme closeups, but you can get the idea from these.
    What color are they, blue? I guess I can kinda see your reason for wanting them off. PSM's look good clean and simple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx wagone View Post
    What color are they, blue? I guess I can kinda see your reason for wanting them off. PSM's look good clean and simple.
    Kind of a greyish blue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mustangtx63 View Post
    Kind of a greyish blue.
    Uhhh... yeah. It would be pretty cool if it was black.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx wagone View Post
    Uhhh... yeah. It would be pretty cool if it was black.
    It's hard to see in the pics, but the stripes don't really "flow" well along the front fenders. It's hard to describe...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mustangtx63 View Post
    It's hard to see in the pics, but the stripes don't really "flow" well along the front fenders. It's hard to describe...
    I saw exactly what you mean. They don't follow the contour of the fender.

    I like the way mine look.
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