AlexDarcy wrote: ↑Fri Jan 14, 2022 1:19 pm
When de-badging the sticker from the black plastic of the hatchback (at least on a 2018-2022 Leaf), did you use a rubber eraser wheel, a chemical like De-Solve-It, or both? Did either leave a mark on the black plastic that couldn't be easily removed without a trace? Did you have to use a polisher and then seal or wax it afterwards? Thanks!
If anyone is thinking of doing the same, I successfully removed the sticker badges from the back of my 2022 Leaf. I used dental floss to saw off each sticker, used my fingers to pull up 99% of the foam glue, applied a small amount of De-Solv-It spray for 20 seconds, wiped clean with a microfiber cloth, then washed with water. There is no trace of the foam glue, not even a slight discoloration.
It was 65 F outside and I think the cool temperature made pulling off the foam glue easier. I did not use a heat gun or blow dryer on the stickers first, like you might with computer stickers, it wasn't necessary.
I also bought a rubber eraser wheel that can be attached to a drill, but I didn't use it. When I tested the wheel by hand by rubbing it on the plastic underneath the overhang by the license plate (not visible without crouching down or lifting the hatchaback) it left a very faint residue that did not easily wipe off. The black plastic of the hatchback is soft. Using the wheel with a drill would probably require polishing afterwards. (This spot is also where I tested the De-Solv-It chemical, if you want to test it too. I used De-Solv-It because it's supposedly a bit less harsh than Goo Gone.) If you wear garden gloves to protect your hands from the dental floss, don't let the gloves rub the plastic. The "SL Plus" sticker on the body paint came off even easier than the lettering from the plastic.
I like to remove the stickers, badges and other advertising cruft from my computers, so I did the same for my Leaf. I like the minimal aesthetic. Some of the lettering was also not applied perfectly level at the factory, which kind of irked me. Stickers makes it a bit more difficult to seal or wax the car there too. (I also live in a very red part of a red state, so frankly I didn't want some Cult-of-Trump a**hole keying my shiny new car just because it's electric.) I might next replace the front Nissan emblem with a blue glowing one, if I can find one that is not too expensive.