Before I purchased my '94 Cadillac the trunk mounted
"Cadillac" emblem had fallen off. The previous owner had
tried to put it back on using, what appears to be, Elmer's
Glue. I found a NOS Cadillac emblem to put back on
correctly but there are a few dried glue drips where the
new emblem needs to go. How can I get them off without
damaging the paint? The paint is original. Thanks very
much for any help. -Jim
Elmers glue is a aqueous solution so it should have washed off. It's probably some other kind of adhesive. Try some WD40 or Goo Gone to soften it up. A stiff piece of plastic like a credit card might be used to scrape it off mechanically. You could also try "Soft Scrub" for the final clean up. You can reattach the emblem the right way by using 3M Scotch double sided tape. You can find it on eBay or drop by a body shop with a box of doughnuts and trade them for a piece. Wax the area when done.
A steam cleaner... I have a hand held one that I use that has taken off road tar off of paint. No damage to the paint, no scrubbing needed. What else might be helpful is some heat from a hairdryer if you dont' have a steamer, when hot enough the glue should soften up and peel off.
Thanks for the excellent advice guys!! Finally got around to this project this weekend. I actually used both you guy's tips and it turned out great. Never know the emblem had been replaced. Thanks so much!! -Jim
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