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Old 03-14-2014, 10:40 PM
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Cleaning up the face of new receivers

Hey guys,

I've been considering buying a modern blue tooth multi-media receiver to stream music from my phone and also take care of hands free calls.

Looking at the offerings now days, it seems like all the manufacturers like to advertise every possible feature through print on the front face like "Noah" and "Bluetooth" and USB and every other thing.

My question is this: Has anyone ever removed this text from equipment with denatured alcohol or lacquer thinner without ruining the plastic?

Thanks for the insight, this is the unit I'm considering because it matches the existing unit better than any others I have found.
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:05 PM
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Lacquer thinner will most definitely ruin the plastic. As will acetone, tar 'n bug remover, adhesive remover, or - generally speaking - any solvent with a “sweet” smell to it.

You can probably get away with using turpentine or mineral spirits but why risk it?

91% alcohol on a Q-Tip is your best bet of the lot.

However if there is any “ghostly” residue left and if the faceplate is removable and shiny/smooth, soak a few drops of FITZ metal polish onto a soft cloth, allow the carrier solvent to evaporate, and polish it away with the faceplate off.

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Old 04-17-2014, 03:14 PM
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Thanks for the reply. So you're talking about regular rubbing alcohol? As opposed to denatured.

I've had good luck in the past using denatured alcohol to remove window tint stick from the rear window without harming the defroster lines.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:27 PM
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Good, old 91% rubbing-alcohol is the "least harsh" solvent I know of that would likely have an effect on those tacky logos while absolutely leaving the plastic alone.

Or maybe Everclear...

In reality, you should be alright with basically any alchohol.

Like I said, I'd suggest polishing away any residual haze/traces it leaves behind as opposed to going to a stronger solvant.

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Old 05-21-2014, 06:04 PM
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Hey Evan look at the radio I installed in my 300TE. It is one of the modern looking ones but I think its rather understated and not too goofy looking. I have some pictures on Facebook.
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:42 AM
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Thanks, I'll check it out.
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Old 06-20-2014, 03:20 AM
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i succeeded in removing those labels from my pioneer radio, but i did destroy (and remove) the clear plastic window. result: no label text, some of the plastic pieces are still glossy, the radio matches my rat rod. i also wish the manufacturers would make something more tasteful off the shelf.
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for future reference...

you could try using De-Solv-It citrus solution. I've used this stuff to clean a number of plastic and synthetic materials with stubborn hard to remove stuff. Haven't run across anything...yet that it hasn't cleaned and it's never damaged anything. Also cleaned "finished" wood products too. ymmv.
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Old 11-01-2014, 06:08 AM
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you can try by giving it some heat so that it will get removed easily.
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