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post #1 of 2 Old 04-04-2004, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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For all you auto body guys

I've been wanting to remove the gold package on my 97 GCL which means removing the gold emblems and gold pinstripes. I took it to a body guy and he said in order to remove the stripes, he has to wet sand it off and then he has to reapply a clear coat in the area he wet sanded, which translates into big bucks!!!

Now i've heard from somewhere that it can be buffed or compounded off? Is this true?....and if so does a clear coat have to be reapplied after the compound?

Also, were these stripes appiled at the factory 'cause almost every limited has them? If so, would the factory apply it over or under the clear coat?

Keep in mind that these stripes are painted on and they're not stick ons. Any suggestions or different ways of doing it would be appreciated. Thanx

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post #2 of 2 Old 04-05-2004, 01:36 AM
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yeah, when i bought mine i really wanted to remove the gold pinstripes, get rid of all the gold badges and replace them with silver ones and somehow get the gold off the wheels (those wheels look really good just silver all over)

but when i looked closer and noticed the pinstripe was painted rather than stick on my plans slowed down a touch

from what i can see the pinstripe is under the clear coat, but i would assume that if you did the hard work (ie: sanding, masking) yourself and left the tricky stuff (spraying, finish sanding) to the professional it really wouldn't be that expensive. It's not like you are re-spraying the whole car (though after a few off-road trips here in the Australian outback my Jeep needs more than a touch-up).
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