Well this wasn’t something I’d planned on doing but after driving home from work one day I got out the car to find the right hand side scoop was missing. It was there when I left work so had obviously just fallen off.
They had been fitted by or for a previous owner and I could see why this one had fallen off. It hadn’t been fitted particularly well. The adhesive peeled off very easily along most of the joint and this was clearly not the first attempt at attaching them as there were two different types of adhesive on the car. Not the best way of getting something to stick well.
I spent a good while carefully removing the old adhesive mostly with my fingers and fingernails though a bit of plastic ice cream tub was also useful as a soft scraper. The knife here is to cut a new edge to the plastic scraper, it does not go anywhere near paintwork!
I eventually got to this point.
Now is where some polish can finish the job.
For this kind of thing I find Super Resin works best if applied quite thick and left for a little while to soften whatever it is I’m trying to remove before carefully wiping off.
Then followed up by something to tidy up any light swirls or marks that might have been left.
I was quite concerned the paint would be in poor condition behind the mess of adhesives. Fortunately though I was able to remove it without causing any damage to the paint.
So on to the other side, now with the added complication of the scoop still being attached.
The best way of removing the scoop seemed to be by using some nylon fishing line like a cheese wire.
Plus a VERY gentle application of heat to help soften the adhesive.
Using the fishing line carefully in a sawing motion it eventlually works its way round.
Then the scoop is off.
Again, looks like two types of adhesive used.
Plus it looks like no preparation of the smooth, shiny surface was done to help adhesion. At least it meant removal wasn’t too hard.
The mess left behind again.
So a lot of time spent carefully scraping.
Until eventually there was no evidence of the scoop ever being there.