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!