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      11-27-2013, 02:15 AM   #1
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DIY: Removing airbag warning sticker

I'm trying the method where you use acetone to remove the sticker. There's a post describing the process for the previous M5, but I'm going to give it a shot with the F10 M5.

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http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e60...-stickers.html

I'll post back with results and before, during, after pix once I get it done.
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Probably not going to work on alcantara... They can be replaced with euros spec ones, but they are like 200 a piece
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      11-27-2013, 11:06 AM   #4
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So here are pix of the process.

1st is when I started.
2nd is during.
3rd is final.

So the sticker comes completely off, however there is a slight imprint left. Since it's lighter, I don't think it's due to exposure to sun discoloring the surrounding areas. It's most likely residual adhesive.

Even with the imprint, to me it looks a lot better than with the sticker. Besides, this cost me $2.50 for the acetone from Walmart (nail polish remover) and a bit of time while I was watching TV.

I'm probably going to try some alcantara reconditioning at some point to remove the imprint, but I'm satisfied at the moment.
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Cleaning it up with a bit of woolite right now. Seems to be helping. Will post final results after it dries.
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So after the first woolite cleaning, you can barely make out the residual imprint.

Just saved myself $200 bucks per side!
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Awesome! Thanks
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wow, Im impressed... wonder if they will charge you for new ones one a lease...
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wow, Im impressed... wonder if they will charge you for new ones one a lease...
Doubt they would notice
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So after the first woolite cleaning, you can barely make out the residual imprint.

Just saved myself $200 bucks per side!
How is the smell after ?
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Just did the passenger and it turned out even better. Can't even tell there was a sticker originally.
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There is absolutely no smell after it dries.

Also, the second one tool 10 minutes.

Dabbed one end, used a tweezer to lift. Then put a little bit of pressure peeling back flat while using a toothbrush to apply acetone to the edge that I was lifting. Came off in one piece and much quicker than the first time.
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wow, Im impressed... wonder if they will charge you for new ones one a lease...
Just say they fell off.
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V3n thanks for starting this off and for being the first! I still have a long way to go before it will come of in one go.

So I am finished my pax side. It took about an hour. Lot of lessons learned. At the end I still had a bunch of glue left. I am a big RC Heli guys and happened to have some CA ( superglue) remover so I tried it and it worked great!

I may try to use it instead of the nail polish remover on the driver side.
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V3n thanks for starting this off and for being the first!
My thanks as well. I wouldn't have thought you'd be able to do that with the alcantara material either. I put black vehicle wrap material over mine quite some time ago and it was ok but not as good as your process. I wonder if having that wrap material over the warning will help it come off in one piece if I try this method? Probably won't hurt at least.
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Driver side done 15 min!

The super solvent was the key. I put it on one edge then let it sit to lift. About 15 min later I started to peel the edge with one hand and kept apply the solvent under the peel as so worked the sticker off.

Then cleaned it up with a bit of solvent and nail polish remover then A light sponge with tide and some water to make it look stock.
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Kwell. I'm next on the list for this procedure. Hey John I have 1/8 rc buggies
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