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I find the silly yellow stickers on the sun visors offensive as well as ugly. Has anybody found a good way to remove them without damaging the visors? I have partially removed one of them by peeling off the clear cover and rubbing gently with alcohol, but it is going to be a lo-o-o-ong process!
 

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LOL, my situation was worse, when I park in the sun, the damn things actually melt and slide around, then they cool and harden, and you can't open the mirror. I have had the dealer change them 3 times (in 2 years) (changing the entire visor) finally. while getting a detail at a different shop, I asked them if they could remove it, and when I picked it up, hot dang, the drivers was gone, looked so good, I didn't bother to ask how. Later on, I just happened to check the pasenger, and its still there (in tact still) but next time I am at the shop, I will ask it to be removed and HOW. I did hear him say it took awhile, so assume it was alchohol or some over the counter cleaner.
 

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LOL, my situation was worse, when I park in the sun, the damn things actually melt and slide around, then they cool and harden, and you can't open the mirror. I have had the dealer change them 3 times (in 2 years) (changing the entire visor) finally. while getting a detail at a different shop, I asked them if they could remove it, and when I picked it up, hot dang, the drivers was gone, looked so good, I didn't bother to ask how. Later on, I just happened to check the pasenger, and its still there (in tact still) but next time I am at the shop, I will ask it to be removed and HOW. I did hear him say it took awhile, so assume it was alchohol or some over the counter cleaner.
I have removed these and many other stuck on labels and graphics from my cars over the years using a hair dryer and patience. The heat softens the adhesive so you can gradually pull the label away and it usually gets most or all of the adhesive along with it. Just start at one end and take your time.
 

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The woven fabric that more and more auto companies are using for the headliners make it so much easier to remove the stickers. The fuzzy headliners like on my ML make it such a PITA to peel off the stickers. I could do it, but then I'd have to deal with the glue baked into the sun visor fabric.
 

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The previous owner did it on my ML430 (cloth) and everything looks fine. Took them off a 98 E300 (vinyl) and used Goo Gone to clean up the stickiness. Either way, you should be able to do it.
 

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I used Goof Off. Soak a cotton towel and rub. It takes a bit of time, but the Goof Off dissolves the stickers. After you finish, the plastic on the visor will appear wrinkled. don't worry, after a few hours the wrinkles will go away.
 

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Goof off removes paint, DO NOT use it on your interior. Goo Gone is what you need. I just bought my ML last weekend and did this the same day. Goo Gone worked perfectly.
 

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Goof off removes paint, DO NOT use it on your interior. Goo Gone is what you need. I just bought my ML last weekend and did this the same day. Goo Gone worked perfectly.
Goof off works perfectly on the sun visors, as well. I've used it on 4 ML's, and 3 BMW's.

A lot faster than Goo Gone
 

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When the vehicle is new its much easier to remove them. Just lift a corner and peel off. Little or no residue left. Worked for me.
 

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Hmmm... I tried Goo Gone and it seemed to have very little effect.

The vehicle is brand new. I did indeed lift a corner and peel, but all that came off was the transparent sheet that appears to have been the carrier for the decal. The actual printing stayed in place.

I think I'll risk some Goof Off, if I can find it anywhere.
 

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Hmmm... I tried Goo Gone and it seemed to have very little effect.

The vehicle is brand new. I did indeed lift a corner and peel, but all that came off was the transparent sheet that appears to have been the carrier for the decal. The actual printing stayed in place.

I think I'll risk some Goof Off, if I can find it anywhere.
This is why Goof Off works, the labels are painted on the visor. Once you remove the clear plastic cover, it only takes a few minutes for the Goof Off to remove the painted label. The vinyl on the visor will pucker and wrinkle a little, but will be back to normal in a few hours.
 

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You might have to use the blow dryer to soften up the glue. I have had good luck with just careful peeling the stickers back. The residiual i.e. glue , paper can be removed without damage by using common paint thinner, not lacquer thinner ! Apply with wash cloth, rub lightly. If the sticker has been there for some time the material underneath it might be slightly off color.
Another way is to peel sticker very little back and work WD 40 with a Q-tip against the opening. As it softens up the glue slowly pull sticker back.
 

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The hair dryer wins!

I had previously pulled the clear top off one of the warning labels, leaving behind the printing. Neither alcohol nor Goo Gone removed anything, but when I heated it gently with a hair dryer, everything just rolled off with a dry cloth. It took about ten minutes.

Then the dryer on High softened up the Roll-over label and it just pulled gently off with no residue at all.

Finally, the same treatment got the passenger side label off, although it did leave a lot of adhesive on the visor. Once again, I kept it warm and rolled it off a bit at a time with a dry cloth.

I found it easiest to remove the visors first. Two torx screws; 20 seconds each.

Thanks for all the suggestions.
 

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In 50 years the concours judges will award points for keeping the "original " stickers !
 
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