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How to remove the rear spoiler?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Torpedo Ted, May 9, 2015.

  1. Torpedo Ted

    Torpedo Ted Member

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    Have anyone removed the rear spoiler before? Any tips on how to do it without damaging the paint?
     
  2. andrewket

    andrewket 2014 S P85DL, 2016 X P90DL (soon 100)

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    I know it's held there with industrial strength double-sided tape. I've not tried removing it, but I'm interested to know. It would be useful to remove it while installing paint protection film.
     
  3. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Take some dental floss and slowly work it under the tape. (Note: this has been posted, I've not actually done it myself, but the Suntek installer used that technique on my car to remove the "T"s without any problems.)
     
  4. 55lh55

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    Ted do you want to sell the spoiler?
     
  5. timholmesjr

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    If the prev posted is not interested. I would be...
     
  6. bhzmark

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    Leave the spoiler on until you lift the tailgate into a low hanging garage ceiling or someone operates the garage door while the tailgate is open. The spoiler will take damage better than the soft paint. And if the spoiler sacrafices itself, use some dental floss to remove and naked rear tailgate is good as new.
     
  7. Terra117

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    Some heat will also help. A heat gun on a low setting or a hair dryer will ease some of the grip of the adhesive. If you get the bond broken at one edge with dental floss, an old credit card makes a nice tool to get a bit of leverage in lifting trim and shouldn't harm the paint at all.

    Without heat, you may find the dental floss breaks frequently.

    You will probably have some tape and/or adhesive to clean up after the part is removed.
     

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