Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Clarendon Hills
warm is GOOD, rigid anything is BAD, floss can be excellent
I am not sure if all CarMax stores use the "high profile" style emblem or the flat sticker. Either one has a kind of glue on it that gets much softer as it warms up. Use either a big salon style high dryer on high or a heat gun on low -- one want to warm the whole area of the sticker, not super heat it.
For the molded style emblem you can get some nice strong dental floss or even fishing line and drag/saw through the glue. The more that you warm up the glue the less likely it is to stay stuck to the vehicle.
The flat sticker is a bit trickier. Don't use anything that is rigid/stiff. Even if it not harder than the paint, you will almost certainly dig tiny bits of GRIT that adhere to the sticker's edge into the paint and scratch your paint. Instead, once the whole area is warm use your thumbnail to lift up a edge and then shift the blower to directly heat the underside of the adhesive. Slow steady pressure and warmth will generally get the thing off fairly clean. If it starts to shred, shift to another corner OR get a piece of wide clear 3M sealing tape an use that to laminate to the remaining section of the sticker to continue to peel. Remember the heat WILL somewhat soften the paint it gets much above 140 degrees so go WARM not HOT.
Any adhesive residue that is left behind should come off with Goo Gone Adhesive remover or 3M Automotive Adhesive Remover. It has citrus/petroleum OILS to dissolve the glue. DO NOT USE ACETONE/NAIL POLISH REMOVER or any thing else like Toulene/Xylene unless you want to take PAINT off your vehicle -- clear coat can take on a "hazed" or "crazed/cracked" look when exposed to strong solvents.
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