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So, I finally got tired of scraping my winglets on anything more than 2 inches off the ground and removed them. Very happy with how the car looks without them. <p>I am wondering if anyone has an idea of how I can remove the adhesive, which looks like some type of silicone product, from my bumper without damaging the paint?<p>Thanks for any help.<p>JAM
 

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Re: Need help - Winglet Removal (morellja)

Goo-Gone and elbow greese should work good to get rid of the adhesive.<p>Any chance you want to sell the winglets?
 

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winglets are K.O.ed. Wife split the driver side and the other was stressed bad. I tossed them already. Was going to replace with Carbon Fiber Werks (non-carbon fiber ones), but they just get thrashed again.<br>
 

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Thanks anyways. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> I'm ordering the CFW winglets at the end of the month but I'm trying a few last min deals for OEM winglets.
 

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Did you try the goo-gone yourself. Thats what I picked up first and let it sit on the adhesive for 15 minutes and couldn't get anything off. There are some pretty good size chunks (1/4 inch thick) on the bumper.<br>
 

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Try Goof-Off. It's pretty strong stuff but should work.
 

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haha, when i first saw the topic i assumed you needed help taking the whole winglet off, not the adhesive and i was going to post:<p>"easy winglet removal: let father borrow car for a week when you need his truck. tell father said R has low front end clearance and to drive with caution. return home to hear 'uh, sorry' and see winglets in trunk"<p>But in all seriousness - it depends on what was used. Mine had car-foam-tape stuff, i heated it up with a blowdryer, and took goo gone and the edge of a credit card to it, worked like a charm.
 

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I have some of the car-foam-tape stuff, not so worried about that. Its this black silicone like rubbery crap that is the problem. My story is quite similar just replace father with wife and truck with the Minivan-errari.
 

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when I pulled mine off I rubbed that double sided tape off. Took time but got it removed with no negative effects. not to thread jack but has anyone painted their winglets themselves?
 

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Goo is Gone thanks to Goo-Gone a credit card and your help. Thanks everyone. I have like another 2 1/2 inches in clearance, woo hoo, don't have to worry about decapitating dead squirrels anymore.<p>Thanks!<p>JAM<p>JAM
 

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Re: (morellja)

Now you just have to look out for the winglet gods <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>petew</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I hit a (slow-walking) Canada goose at 35 mph.<p>It came right off <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>He's not very helpful with the paint removal though <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I'm NOT asking for a poll, but I wonder what percentage of body kit owners ultimately give up and remove the winglets? I did. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I did as well. Hated trying to drive up my driveway at an angle. Plus wife hit one too many curbs and they were starting to hang. Love it without them, although i did like the look with them on.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>thorne</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I did as well. Hated trying to drive up my driveway at an angle. Plus wife hit one too many curbs and they were starting to hang. Love it without them, although i did like the look with them on.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>LOL i feel your pain thats why she doesnt drive my car anymore.. i banned her..<br>Im not a fan of the winglets off. To me it doesnt balance out the car! I have a damaged left winglet that i want to get fixed bad but im still contemplating the CF wings.. I can deal with is being cracked for now. <p>I have been driving a lowered prelude for 10 years (2.5 inches dropped) so to me driving with caution in this car is no big deal. I wont be letting anyone drive this car who doesnt have good depth perception.
 

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gimmie 5 mins and a Mc Donalds, Jack in the box or Taco bell drive through.<p>Also a 5 dollar donation for services is required. I'll get your winglets off.<p>Just kidding, but goo gone and a warm day will work.
 

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Still have mine on. Last time I took the driver's side out I used epoxy to keep it in place... so if I ever decided to permanently remove them, the bumper would need new paint anyway.<p>Btw, I tried to paint one myself a while back... it is worth it to just take it to a paint shop. didn't turn out well... besides, you can't match the metallics (like black saph) with over the counter paint.
 

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goof off plus elbow grease plus plastic painter spatula for sticky residue, foam tape, BUT for the silicone you need a razor blade, a steady hand and some touch up paint. FOR REAL! been there
 
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