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    Dental Floss

    Was watching a new episode of Wheeler Dealers where they were working on a Dodge Ram SRT V-10 Super truck. It was black receiving the black out treatment and they were removing the emblems of the body using dental floss. They used it to get underneath it and it broke the adhesive bond. It worked pretty good, so since I have a drawer full of it, a pack of it is going in my tool box.
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    Re: Dental Floss

    I use braided fishing line. 50 lb test from my saltwater rig. Floss breaks pretty easy. Usually the adhesive stays and solvent will clean it up. I use mineral spirits and sometimes even gas. WD40 works, but not so good. Been removing emblems for truck lettering for years. At least they're just double stick taped on, instead of studs, like old trucks.
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    Re: Dental Floss

    Meh. The "murdered out," all-black look was the shortest fad in automotive history. Nobody wants black everything anymore. It's just plain ugly.

    And Joe is right. Fishing line works better than dental floss.

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    I hate the all blacked out look especially black wheels. They look like they are perpetually dirty with brake dust. Chrome or aluminum wheels and trim make a good accent.
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    I just read that Ant married his Flip or Flop girlfriend so I don't think we'll be seeing too much of him when she gets pregnant and starts the divorce next month. Yes, the all-black look was good for five minutes but black wheels to me are the worst. It's like driving around on four spares. It is the exact opposite of Corvette guys lining everything in chrome or Miata guys driving around with style bars and fake caliper covers.

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    Re: Dental Floss

    Regarding removing emblems/stickers a pinstripe removal wheel is the best thing ever: https://www.amazon.com/TCP-Global-Ru...al+wheel&psc=1

    Pop it in a drill and it just wipes stickers and goo away. It leaves a little residue that you can rinse off and wax gets the rest. I hate pinstripes and I've used mine a ton.
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    I have that wheel and it works great! Used it on my last truck removing adhesive residue from a molding.
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    Re: Dental Floss

    I saw that on Wheeler Dealers and liked it.

    I've had a few too many cars over the recent years and I have always reverted to a heat gun, my fingernails and then wax afterward.

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