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Grrrr...Tesla's temporary license stickers

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by GoBlue88, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. GoBlue88

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    #1 GoBlue88, Jun 16, 2014
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    So I found the first thing that annoyed the hell out of me about the car, and it didn't have anything to do with the car itself. Received my license plates in the mail today. Installed the rear one only (natch), which meant I no longer needed the temporary sticker on the front windshield. This is what happened when I pulled it off: it left a very sticky residue behind.

    The effort to get that sticky stuff off that low corner of the windshield was unbelievable. Had to use Goo-Gone, avoid getting it on my dash or in the speaker grille at all costs, and scrub at it for a good 45 minutes from a very awkward angle. There aren't higher quality stickers Tesla can use here? :mad:

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  2. Muzzman1

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    Exact same thing happened to me....I even asked the Tesla rep to put the temp down as LOW as possible....practically ducked it under the dash! (my mistake!!)

    I actually started with razor blade and a pair of needle nose, then got a windex moistened towel.....and it actually rubbed right out.... I think the glue might be water soluble....
     
  3. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Eek, that's pretty bad. The sticker on mine, from way back, came off very easily leaving nothing behind. Don't know why they changed glue suppliers :)
     
  4. wamochi

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    thanks for the heads up. i will be removing that thing right after i drive away! i'm getting tint on the windshield most likely , so it would have to come off anyway. is that first pic at the san diego SC?
     
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    Goof Off did not work for me but isopropyl alcohol did...
     
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    Use a hairdryer to warm it until it's really soft and then peel it off, the sticker then usually takes the glue with it.
     
  7. GoBlue88

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    No, that pic is in my work parking lot the day I picked it up. Had to go back to work after the delivery experience.

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    Yeah, the Goo Gone was surprisingly ineffective. I ended up removing it mostly with elbow grease.

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    Wish I'd thought of that.
     
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    Scraping glass with a razor blade is usually an effective way to remove glue.

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    Didn't have this problem, and I left my sticker on for almost a year! They must have changed something.
     
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    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    What sticker? I never got one.
     
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    It's a California thing. New cars get to drive around with no plates and just a little folded-up piece of paper taped to the windshield.
     
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    Switched to crappier glue, I guess. Don't remember this problem with the sticker on the Lexus IS 350 I bought in 2009.
     
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    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I got the little folded-up piece of paper but no gooey mess. The picture shows there is a big sticker. All I had was a couple of pieces of Scotch Tape.
     
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    me too. over the years we've had many makes/models and none have stuck on the glass like that. i will take it off and use scotch tape
     
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    Good plan. Heck, you might want to e-mail Mike and ask him not to put it on at all, or to use scotch tape instead of the sticker.
     
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    Safety glass used to be two pieces of glass with a clear gum between.
    I believe modern safety glass is one piece of glass with a clear plastic film on the interior.
    It would not do to use a razor blade on the inside if this is the case.
    For years I have been blaming a presumed layer of plastic film (mylar?) for my difficulty getting a clear windshield.
    Am I wrong here?
    Did you try the razor blade?
     
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    Very tough angle and tight clearance to get the angle of the razor blade just right for me--maybe also because the factory stuck it way down at the bottom of the windshield.
     
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    Is that true? I thought it was always glass on both sides.
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    so i took delivery on saturday and a few hours later took off that temporary sticker. and it still left a little bit of residue! the difference is the cheap temporary "sticker" they are using at my local service center is basically just cheap packaging tape, which everyone knows rips off and leaves a horrible mess behind. in fact, when i took off the little paper registration, some of the paper tore off.

    in the past, other dealers i have gotten cars from (lexus, mercedes, audi, etc.) use a vinyl type plastic, like a sticky window cling. it's a thick material and rarely leaves any adhesive when you remove it.
     
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    Reading the Wiki link, yes, you are correct; glass on the exterior and interior.
    There should be no problem using a blade inside to remove glue.
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