The dealership where I bought mine must have been very busy (a Thanksgiving weekend with special promos and incentives) to be bothered putting their advertising on. But with previous vehicles, I've removed the dealer's emblems or stickers as soon as I got home. I was able to tease up corners with a utility knife blade - just the blade, not mounted in the knife. When recently applied they don't usually leave any residue. If there is any stickum left, you can get it off with any oil. Then spot clean with a friendly soap. If there is still a 'ghost' of the sticker you may need to use a little polishing compound and then wax on the spot.That is where I would put my stickers too (below “CROSSTREK”), but my dealership placed its own decal (each character is its own sticker) above “SUBARU”. Makes the trunk annoyingly cluttered.
At the risk of derailing the thread, what’s the safest/least damaging way to ditch the dealer junk? I mean, my dealership isn’t gonna help me with this. ;-)
Nylon guitar pick to pull up each edge, peel off, then clean up with isopropyl?
depends how long it’s been on there. if it’s fairly new peeling it off will work. you can also use a heat gun (low setting) or a hair dryer (shhh don’t tell my wife I used hers to debadge my Trek) to help “loosen” the adhesive. if it’s been on there awhile your best bet IMO is a adhesive eraser wheel with a cordless drill. I use the 3m branded ones but there are cheaper ones with good reviews for a lot less. the important thing with these is the RPMs of the drill & keeping the wheel clean.what’s the safest/least damaging way to ditch the dealer junk?
Since your car is so new, I would definitely start with just your fingernail on the corners of the letters. If there's any adhesive smears left, WD40 will remove that. Then wipe off the WD40 with a dry cloth, then some Dawn liquid soap, and then a coat of your favorite car wax. [Just speaking for myself, I would never use any kind of rotating wheel in a drill, especially on a brand new car.]Nylon guitar pick to pull up each edge, peel off, then clean up with isopropyl?
Wow! That's SUPER annoying. A registration plate surround is one thing but the dealership shouldn't be allowed to do that IMHO. Yeah I'd try gently gently at first with your finger nail and some soapy water.That is where I would put my stickers too (below “CROSSTREK”), but my dealership placed its own decal (each character is its own sticker) above “SUBARU”. Makes the trunk annoyingly cluttered.
Perhaps they are different now but the ones that arrived for our Crosstrek were crappy, not nearly the quality of the OEM badges. Hence relegating them to the fridge...I hate to tell you guys this, but pretty much all automotive badging has been plastic for years, now.
Keep in mind that they're not intended to be studied in extreme close-up ... once they're on the car, I think they look fine. (I used the ones for my 2013 as refrigerator magnets, since I was worried that they'd leave a paint outline if they fell off the car, but I think the 2021 is going to get them added to its hatch.)