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Removing rubbing strips.

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:15 pm
by oldynewby
I've got some fairly iffy-looking rubbing strips on the sides of my car that I want to take off before they fall off. They appear to be stuck on with thin double-sided tape, not the usual spongey stuff, and I'd like to know how best to remove it without damaging the paint underneath. The paint seems to be quite secure so should I try to pull off the strips and deal with the tape separately or deal with the whole thing?

Re: Removing rubbing strips.

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:18 pm
by AJL Electronics
Hot air gun, with care will soften the adhesive.

Re: Removing rubbing strips.

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:20 pm
by Ben Kenobe
Yup ... but I'd avoid the hot air gun unless you really feel confident.

Depending what adhesive is on the tape quite often the best way is to try and get it to lift off the paint using a hair dryer and a plastic card / spatula - the kind you spread filler with work quite well. Warm up the area with the dryer and work your way along with the card / spatula - take your time. If you can get most of the tape to come off with the rubbing strip it makes life a whole lot easier.

There are some other ways but they can do paint damage in the wrong hands and I wouldn't want the finger pointed my way :wink:

Re: Removing rubbing strips.

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:34 pm
by peter freeman
Sticky Stuff Remover will probably work. Depending on the colour of your car you may well be left with a discoloured strip.

Re: Removing rubbing strips.

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:16 pm
by Corky
When I was doing paintless dent removal I used a product from Wurth for removing decals, and glue-on tabs once the dent had been pulled.

This stuff is brilliant http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200750612034 . Once it starts running between the paint and the adhesive you can begin to pull gently. Patience is the key ! Not cheap, but less than a paint shop would charge :wink:

Re: Removing rubbing strips.

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:59 pm
by AnthonyJC
Or try spraying WD40 at one corner once you have started to lift off the strip from the adhesive tape, working your way along.

Slow and a bit messy bit will work without damaging the paint underneath.

Re: Removing rubbing strips.

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:07 pm
by philhoward
Only heard of, not tried, fishing line?

Re: Removing rubbing strips.

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:57 pm
by oldynewby
Some good suggestions there guys. I can see the logic of fishing line, using the cheesewire effect to get under the tape. For what it's Wurth (See what I did there?) I think I'd be inclined to try WD40 first. I'd also favour the hairdryer over the heatgun for obvious reasons! :doh:

Thanks very much for the help.

Paul.

Removing rubbing strips.

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:18 pm
by drcdb15
Posting here as a sort of logical continuation of this thread... Dave Speed tells me that end caps for 'old' rubbing strip are no longer available, so

a) does anyone know what current alternatives might be suitable when replacing rubbing strip? (apart from largely only-decorative eBay stuff) and

b) does anyone know a source of end caps for the original strips (though since my car was resprayed prior to my getting it I don't know if the strips I have are original or some later substitute) or, even better, complete 'sets' of rubbing strips?

Thanks for any help.

Removing rubbing strips.

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:27 pm
by scimjim
IIRC there’s a thread somewhere about the 6b/GTC rubbing strips and the fact that they’ve been NLA for years. I think the repro strips that the suppliers have (with end caps) were a slightly different profile and/or width?

Removing rubbing strips.

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:28 pm
by scimjim

Removing rubbing strips.

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:37 pm
by gtcse8
I have OE Reliant end caps, but only ONE part number.
Will get the description/part no when I next go near the emporium.
Mark

Removing rubbing strips.

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:51 pm
by Rattling
oldynewby wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:57 pm
Some good suggestions there guys. I can see the logic of fishing line, using the cheesewire effect to get under the tape. For what it's Wurth (See what I did there?) I think I'd be inclined to try WD40 first. I'd also favour the hairdryer over the heatgun for obvious reasons! :doh:

Thanks very much for the help.

Paul.
I removed the S- type badge on my previous jag with the hairdryer and fishing line method and removed the residue of glue with some scratch remover worked well however there was a slight difference in colour under the badge

Removing rubbing strips.

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:20 pm
by scimjim
3 year old question Colin :D

Not really a logical continuation Chris :)

Removing rubbing strips.

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:50 am
by Rattling
scimjim wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:20 pm
3 year old question Colin :D

Not really a logical continuation Chris :)
Should have got it off by now then :D :D :D sorry