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Date registered: Sep 2003
Vehicle: SL500, ML320, E320
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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RE: Pinstripe Removal -- Paint Discoloration Risk???
To some degree, I think it depends on the quality of the vinyl used for the stripe and the finish underneath it. I removed an inexpensive stripe off my son's car that was only 2 years old and it was an incredibly frustrating process coming off in hundreds of short pieces regardless of the angle and pressure applied.
It was a metallic black car which might have been a factor here in AZ, and relatively easy to see the adhesive residue from the stripe when viewing the finish at an angle.
I used Maguires cleaner, then buffed the second coat of wax lightly with a polishing wheel and thusfar, it looks pretty good.
The stripe on our ML is painted so I guess that's here to stay!