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    Thread: DIY: Removing the airbag warning stickers from your sun visors

    1. Member Orient Express's Avatar
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      03-06-2010 01:22 PM #1
      The United States is the most litigious nation on earth, and because of that manufacturers are constantly on guard to cover their rears with “Don’t do this or that, because you may hurt yourself if you do” stickers.

      Cars are one of the prime beneficiaries of these stickers. I decided that I did not need a warning on my sun visor reminding me about the danger of Air Bags, so I decided to remove them. Here is a set by step DIY on how you too can remove these stickers if you choose to. [Gratuitous warning sticker] Remember, do this at your own risk. Not my problem if you screw it up.
      This process will work with just about any sun visor sticker, not just the GTI’s. The process is essentially remove the sun visor so you can lay it on a flat work surface, soaking the sticker with 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol, pull the sticker off, then soaking the residual adhesive to remove it, polishing the sun visor, and then replacing it.
      Here is how I did it.
      First remove the sun visor. It is held in with one Torx screw behind a small cover.

      Gently pull out the sun visor exposing the vanity mirror switch cable, and disconnect the connector.

      Lay the sun visor on your work bench, sticker side up.

      Next take a piece of paper towel, fold it to the size of the sticker, soak it with Rubbing Alcohol and place it on the sticker.

      Keeping the paper towel wet, let the alcohol soak into the sticker for about 15 ~ 20 minutes. Then start to peel off the sticker starting from one side, gently pulling it off. If it has soaked sufficiently, you should be able to pull it off in one piece.


      After you have the sticker peeled off, there will be residual adhesive still on the sun visor. Soak your paper towel in Alcohol again, place it on the adhesive, and let it sit another 10 ~ 15 minutes.

      Then you can start to remove the residual adhesive. Be patient as the adhesive is quite tenacious. It will come off, but will require some rubbing. After you have the adhesive removed to your satisfaction, clean the sun visor off with some vinyl cleaner polish.

      Replace the sun visors and you are good to go!

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      03-06-2010 01:24 PM #2
      Nice write up. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      03-06-2010 02:57 PM #3
      Question:
      Did the alcohol discolor the visor at all? I have done this with Mk3 black Cabrio visors and sometimes there is still the outline of where the sticker was. Though perhaps that was from age. Just clarifying. When I get my Mk6 in a couple months, this would be something I might do (along with debadging the rear GTI emblem right away). It seems better to do things like this when the car is new rather than waiting 10 years to find permanent fading after removing such things.
      From your pictures (using a flash) I wasn't aware that the visors were truly black. I though everything in the interior was the anthracite dark gray color.
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      03-06-2010 03:39 PM #4
      Excellent! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      Any discoloration?

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      03-06-2010 05:01 PM #5
      ahhh thank you so much, i was gonna make a thread asking about this [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      03-06-2010 06:14 PM #6
      bad ass... thanks guy.
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      03-06-2010 06:58 PM #7
      Did you use that Invisible Glass as the vinyl cleaner? I don't have any vinyl cleaner at home, but I do have that...
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      03-06-2010 07:11 PM #8
      Very helpful write up. It's the little things that make all the difference.
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      03-06-2010 07:31 PM #9
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      Did you use that Invisible Glass as the vinyl cleaner? I don't have any vinyl cleaner at home, but I do have that...

      I used Invisible Glass to get stubborn residue off, but I use a product from Adams Car Care Products called "VRT" which is a vinyl, rubber & trim protectant to even out the sheen of the visors. This stuff can be buffed out so it does not give the gloss look that many vinyl cleaners give.

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      03-06-2010 08:47 PM #10
      Just did it. Right on.

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      03-06-2010 10:39 PM #11
      come off nicely JT? Always nice to hear from a 2nd source that it worked out well!
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      03-07-2010 12:46 AM #12
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      Just did it. Right on.

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      03-07-2010 03:56 AM #13
      Once I have my car, I think I might try doing this without removing the visor - using plastic wrap to hold the soaked towel in place.
      Also, vegetable oils usually work quite well to remove adhesive residue, and then there is always goo-gone...
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      03-07-2010 04:48 AM #14
      Thanks! I just noticed these stickers the other day, sitting in a car on a dealer lot. They looked like a pain to take off. Glad rubbing alcohol will do the trick. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      03-07-2010 04:14 PM #15
      Quote, originally posted by feels_road »
      Once I have my car, I think I might try doing this without removing the visor - using plastic wrap to hold the soaked towel in place

      I learned to do this from a Mini forum when we got ours-those guys used a Q-tip dipped in alcohol with the visor in the car. It takes a while longer to do a VW that way as the stickers in Minis are brittle and break into pieces instead of pulling off.
      Quote, originally posted by feels_road »
      Also, vegetable oils usually work quite well to remove adhesive residue, and then there is always goo-gone...

      Using goo-gone will get the adhesive off without rubbing as much, and more importantly reduces the visor's exposure to 70% iso, which helps reduce the staining effect on some visors.

    18. 03-08-2010 05:05 PM #16
      Followed the steps and eventually everything worked out. The adhesive itself was very difficult. I tried Goo Gone and it didn't work very well, so I went back to alcohol and elbow grease...both kinds of alcohol :cheers: .
      However, I needed to use the car during the process (without visors). Now the car is complaining about the lighting system (warning lamp on dash), even after I re-installed the visors. Guess I'll have to get out the OBD-II/CAN reader.

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      03-08-2010 08:24 PM #17
      Awesome! Great write up.
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      03-08-2010 08:49 PM #18
      Good point, be sure not to turn on the car when you have the visors removed as that will generate a fault code!

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      03-08-2010 08:56 PM #19
      Nice!! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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    22. 03-11-2010 02:27 PM #20
      Quote, originally posted by Orient Express »
      Good point, be sure not to turn on the car when you have the visors removed as that will generate a fault code!

      The warning lamp cleared, then came back, then cleared and remained off...

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      03-11-2010 02:48 PM #21
      Just did this myself, looks a 100x better but were you able to remove the adhesive completely to the point you cant even see the outline in direct light? I also have yet to use the vinyl polish so maybe that will take it from 95% to 100%.
      Damn near wore my fingerprints off rubbing... to say the adhesive is tenacious is an understatement! And the Canadian decals are even larger than the US (close to 25% larger!)


      Modified by SixZeroFour at 11:57 AM 3-11-2010

    24. 03-12-2010 12:40 AM #22
      Quote, originally posted by SixZeroFour »
      Just did this myself, looks a 100x better but were you able to remove the adhesive completely to the point you cant even see the outline in direct light?

      Modified by SixZeroFour at 11:57 AM 3-11-2010

      I probably should have spent more time on the adhesive. I can still see a faint outline in direct light, however, the vinyl conditioner did help a lot.

    25. 03-12-2010 09:22 PM #23
      When I saw this post, I knew immediately I had to do it... Overall, all steps are fairly easy and straightforward with one exception. After the label peels off, it is a real challenge getting the adhesive off and it leaves an outline. In my view, this is better than a big yellow label and the outline is only barely visible.
      Many thanks to the OP for this fantastic post.

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      03-12-2010 09:59 PM #24
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      Then you can start to remove the residual adhesive. Be patient as the adhesive is quite tenacious. It will come off, but will require some rubbing. After you have the adhesive removed to your satisfaction, clean the sun visor off with some vinyl cleaner polish.

      Yes, getting all of the glue off can take time.

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      03-12-2010 10:43 PM #25
      I'm unable to remove the faint area of adhesive around where the sticker was. I haven't hit it with vinyl cleaner yet...

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