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Has anybody tried to remove the visor airbag stickers the M3? I did it back in the day on my bimmer, and I want to say I accomplished it using rubbing alcohol and maybe even a hair dryer.
 

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On my older car I put engraved billet plates over them. Kind of like this:

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If people are really interested, I could organize a group buy to create ones for our car. They usually run about $50-$70 dollars a pair.

There are other cheaper options, where you get a different type of sticker to put over the airbag one.
 
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I hate all of those warnings so I will defintiely be interested in a solution. I had actually replaced the ones on my Lexus way back when. I was able to order some that had no warnings and were otherwise identical including the power for the mirror light. I hope someone steps up to make a quick buck offering those for the 3.
 

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In my old Altima, I actually waited till it was a hot day. Summer weather was a heat wave in the 90's.

i got into the car and I was able to just peel them both off. No heat wave here yet, might need to use the ol' heat gun.
 

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I just soaked a rag with IPA then applied it to the edges of the sticker so the alcohol could soak up underneath the sticker. I slowly peeled it and kept applying the alcohol. Sometimes the sticker will break and you have to start peeling again but it'll come off.
 

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I just soaked a rag with IPA then applied it to the edges of the sticker so the alcohol could soak up underneath the sticker. I slowly peeled it and kept applying the alcohol. Sometimes the sticker will break and you have to start peeling again but it'll come off.
How does it look afterwards?
 

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How does it look afterwards?
I'll post some pics later but it looks much better. You can see a faint outline of where the sticker was but it's not too bad. You wouldn't notice unless you were looking for it.
 

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I'll post some pics later but it looks much better. You can see a faint outline of where the sticker was but it's not too bad. You wouldn't notice unless you were looking for it.
I think I'm going to go for it as well. Thanks.
 

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I just soaked a rag with IPA then applied it to the edges of the sticker so the alcohol could soak up underneath the sticker. I slowly peeled it and kept applying the alcohol. Sometimes the sticker will break and you have to start peeling again but it'll come off.
Wow! You guys in San Diego have no boundaries at all...

 

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I just soaked a rag with IPA then applied it to the edges of the sticker so the alcohol could soak up underneath the sticker. I slowly peeled it and kept applying the alcohol. Sometimes the sticker will break and you have to start peeling again but it'll come off.
I just wanted to say thanks for this tip. After seeing it here and on reddit, it was the first thing I did to my car when I brought it home and it looks much better without those warning stickers.
 

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Word of caution to anyone thinking of attempting to remove the stickers, be careful where and how much Isopropyl you use.

I did the passenger side visor first and it worked pretty well with the technique listed above (99% Isopropyl soaking into the edges). It took some time but the stickers came off fairly clean (see first image).

The driver's side visor did not work so well. The stickers were stickier. Even with the Isopropyl soaking I had trouble getting an edge to come lose so I could start peeling. And when I did get it to peel, it pulled harder on the fabric and left it matted and frizzy (see second image).

The real problem came on the front (non-mirror side) of the driver's side visor. At that point I was using copious amounts of Isopropyl, squirting it onto the edge of the sticker with a squeeze bottle and letting it soak through. That technique eventually loosened the sticker but it got Isopropyl all over the visor. When I got done, I noticed a small red spot (low and in the middle). I was not using anything red and in retrospect should have realized that the spot came from inside the visor, but at the time I thought I would soak the spot in Isopropyl and blot up the redness. However when I put a small puddle of Isopropyl over the spot it immediately tuned into a line of red which clearly ended at the edge of the Isopropyl spot (see the third image). Apparently there is some sort of red ink/marking underneath the fabric which can be brought up with alcohol.

I also now have grayish dis-colorization in places I touched with Isopropyl wet hands (you can see it in the images clearly, but it's less noticeable in person). I'm hoping that will come out with a simple carpet/fabric cleaning solution but I haven't tried yet. I don't think I'll be able to get the red out though :(.

TL;DR; Avoid getting Isopropyl near the spot where my visor turned red.
 

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Word of caution to anyone thinking of attempting to remove the stickers, be careful where and how much Isopropyl you use.

I did the passenger side visor first and it worked pretty well with the technique listed above (99% Isopropyl soaking into the edges). It took some time but the stickers came off fairly clean (see first image).

The driver's side visor did not work so well. The stickers were stickier. Even with the Isopropyl soaking I had trouble getting an edge to come lose so I could start peeling. And when I did get it to peel, it pulled harder on the fabric and left it matted and frizzy (see second image).

The real problem came on the front (non-mirror side) of the driver's side visor. At that point I was using copious amounts of Isopropyl, squirting it onto the edge of the sticker with a squeeze bottle and letting it soak through. That technique eventually loosened the sticker but it got Isopropyl all over the visor. When I got done, I noticed a small red spot (low and in the middle). I was not using anything red and in retrospect should have realized that the spot came from inside the visor, but at the time I thought I would soak the spot in Isopropyl and blot up the redness. However when I put a small puddle of Isopropyl over the spot it immediately tuned into a line of red which clearly ended at the edge of the Isopropyl spot (see the third image). Apparently there is some sort of red ink/marking underneath the fabric which can be brought up with alcohol.

I also now have grayish dis-colorization in places I touched with Isopropyl wet hands (you can see it in the images clearly, but it's less noticeable in person). I'm hoping that will come out with a simple carpet/fabric cleaning solution but I haven't tried yet. I don't think I'll be able to get the red out though :(.

TL;DR; Avoid getting Isopropyl near the spot where my visor turned red.
Thanks for the valuable safety warning.
 

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Word of caution to anyone thinking of attempting to remove the stickers, be careful where and how much Isopropyl you use.

I did the passenger side visor first and it worked pretty well with the technique listed above (99% Isopropyl soaking into the edges). It took some time but the stickers came off fairly clean (see first image).

The driver's side visor did not work so well. The stickers were stickier. Even with the Isopropyl soaking I had trouble getting an edge to come lose so I could start peeling. And when I did get it to peel, it pulled harder on the fabric and left it matted and frizzy (see second image).

The real problem came on the front (non-mirror side) of the driver's side visor. At that point I was using copious amounts of Isopropyl, squirting it onto the edge of the sticker with a squeeze bottle and letting it soak through. That technique eventually loosened the sticker but it got Isopropyl all over the visor. When I got done, I noticed a small red spot (low and in the middle). I was not using anything red and in retrospect should have realized that the spot came from inside the visor, but at the time I thought I would soak the spot in Isopropyl and blot up the redness. However when I put a small puddle of Isopropyl over the spot it immediately tuned into a line of red which clearly ended at the edge of the Isopropyl spot (see the third image). Apparently there is some sort of red ink/marking underneath the fabric which can be brought up with alcohol.

I also now have grayish dis-colorization in places I touched with Isopropyl wet hands (you can see it in the images clearly, but it's less noticeable in person). I'm hoping that will come out with a simple carpet/fabric cleaning solution but I haven't tried yet. I don't think I'll be able to get the red out though :(.

TL;DR; Avoid getting Isopropyl near the spot where my visor turned red.

Try using "Folex" (available at places like Lowes or Home Depot) to remove the staining. The stuff is like magic, non-foaming and very gentle.

Paul
 

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Try using "Folex" (available at places like Lowes or Home Depot) to remove the staining. The stuff is like magic, non-foaming and very gentle.
Thanks, I'll give that a try if I can't get it done with whatever random cleaners I have lying around.
 

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I used a heat gun and heated it until it almost bubbled and peeled it off. Wasn't a single shot staight peel. Had to repeat multiple times
 

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The real problem came on the front (non-mirror side) of the driver's side visor. At that point I was using copious amounts of Isopropyl, squirting it onto the edge of the sticker with a squeeze bottle and letting it soak through. That technique eventually loosened the sticker but it got Isopropyl all over the visor. When I got done, I noticed a small red spot (low and in the middle). I was not using anything red and in retrospect should have realized that the spot came from inside the visor, but at the time I thought I would soak the spot in Isopropyl and blot up the redness. However when I put a small puddle of Isopropyl over the spot it immediately tuned into a line of red which clearly ended at the edge of the Isopropyl spot (see the third image). Apparently there is some sort of red ink/marking underneath the fabric which can be brought up with alcohol.

I also now have grayish dis-colorization in places I touched with Isopropyl wet hands (you can see it in the images clearly, but it's less noticeable in person). I'm hoping that will come out with a simple carpet/fabric cleaning solution but I haven't tried yet. I don't think I'll be able to get the red out though :(.
So I finally got around to trying to clean my messed up visor and it came out pretty well. The red line actually came out! I can still tell where it was, but only in good lighting. The other grayish dis-colorization was actually harder to get out, but it does look much better now. I don't think anyone would notice it unless I pointed it out.

I used a can of Tough Stuff because I had it lying around. It worked well enough, it just took 3-4 applications before I was satisfied.

I swear this picture is of the same visor as the "red line" picture in my first post. Sorry for the poor picture quality (lighting wasn't perfect).

TL;DR; Even if you mess up the visor with too much isopropyl alcohol you can still get it back to a very acceptable state.
 

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