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Anyway to remove interior carbon-fiber decal trim?

I bought a Prelude that has a carbon-fiber like decal trim in the interior. It's around the center car stereo, on the side-panels of the door, and also on the dash right above the car stereo. I don't mind the trim around the car stereo and on the side-panels, but I don't like the trim on top of the dash.

It was starting to come off in the upper-right hand corner and I tried using some super glue to keep it down but I used too much and it dried all around it and looks like ****. I also got some on the trim that I can't get off. So now I just want to take the whole thing off but I don't know how I can do that. And even if I could I don't know what kind of residue it will leave behind. Any ideas? Here's a pic of what it looks like:

http://www.handa-accessories.com/prelude/precft.jpg
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Re: Anyway to remove interior carbon-fiber decal trim?

is it tape or just plastic surface?

tape you can take off and plastic surface you can paint

or then just trade it to some stock one... someone will pay you little bit for it ;)
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Re: Anyway to remove interior carbon-fiber decal trim?

That link you posted is for actual fiberglass/cf top coated trim pieces. The radio bezel is a full piece (not tape) - same with the center consul overlay and the switch housings for the doors.


Sounds like you have the cheap Pep boys cf tape or 3m cf vinyl. Just remove the bezel, and use a little heat to slowly peal it off. Or if you can't remove whatever has it, be very cautious about using a hair dryer to warm it up and peel it.

Use goo-gone or some other sticky residue remover to take off any tacky feeling afterwards.

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Re: Anyway to remove interior carbon-fiber decal trim?

^^Thanks for the tips guys. This seems to be what I have:



But I can't find this piece that I have right above the radio bezel that goes around the two air vents on the dash. Basically, it's like a square right above the radio bezel that's separated from the rest of the dash with a lined box.

It's hard to explain but it's definitely a piece that was put on w/adhesive. It also has an "H" in the middle of it. I'm just afraid if I try to take it off it will leave something permanent that I can't get off. I'm gonna try when I get home though.
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Re: Anyway to remove interior carbon-fiber decal trim?

I took mine off last week that the previous owner put on with elbow grease, 5 hours, simple green, and isopropal alcohol. It was the sticker adhesive crap, I used my fingers to pry everything up so it the plastic wouldn't be scratched. I recommend finding someone on here that would trade you for theirs on here before doing what I did.
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Re: Anyway to remove interior carbon-fiber decal trim?

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^^Thanks for the tips guys. This seems to be what I have:



But I can't find this piece that I have right above the radio bezel that goes around the two air vents on the dash. Basically, it's like a square right above the radio bezel that's separated from the rest of the dash with a lined box.

It's hard to explain but it's definitely a piece that was put on w/adhesive. It also has an "H" in the middle of it. I'm just afraid if I try to take it off it will leave something permanent that I can't get off. I'm gonna try when I get home though.

If you have that kit pictured, they are full pieces and not taped on *with the exception of the center consul being held on with double sided tape*

I think I know what you're talking about, you're referring to the clock and vents that have a carbon fiber looking trim stuck to it - i recall seeing something like that awhile back but don't remember if they were factory options or not. The method I mentioned should work fine.

Eh, the entire piece beneath is replaceable- i'm sure if you mess it up you can just get one from a partout for cheap.
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Re: Anyway to remove interior carbon-fiber decal trim?

Use armor all in the spray bottle. Start at the top and give it 15 minutes. Peel a little spray on the glue backing, 5 minutes, repeat. Little more than an hour if you do it right, and no elbow grease needed. Hope this helps.
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Re: Anyway to remove interior carbon-fiber decal trim?

Thanks for all the help guys. I got all the trim off except for the radio radio bezel. I will try to use the armor all for before I do this. It took me like an hour to get the trim around the clock and vents right above the radio. It was the biggest piece and was a pain in the ass.

I just wish I would have done this before I tried using glue to keep the trim from peeling up. I tried removing it w/adhesive remover but it made it worse. Now there is a clear mark on the dash where I had the glue. It took the finish off of the dash a little as well. Is there anything I might be able to do or use on the dash that might help?
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Re: Anyway to remove interior carbon-fiber decal trim?

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If you have that kit pictured, they are full pieces and not taped on *with the exception of the center consul being held on with double sided tape*

I think I know what you're talking about, you're referring to the clock and vents that have a carbon fiber looking trim stuck to it - i recall seeing something like that awhile back but don't remember if they were factory options or not. The method I mentioned should work fine.

Eh, the entire piece beneath is replaceable- i'm sure if you mess it up you can just get one from a partout for cheap.
Yeah, I didn't look closely at that pic. I don't have that kit, I have the sticky piece crap. Any idea what I could do about that area on the dash? Every thing came out perfect expect the corner where I used the glue like a freaking idiot. The surface is ruined and really noticeable compared to the rest of the dash. I don't think there's much I can do now.
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Re: Anyway to remove interior carbon-fiber decal trim?

Is it all smooth or is it textured?
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^^The trim is textured.
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