Today I removed the airbag warning stickers from the visors of my WK2, and I am happy with the outcome. Since I couldn’t find a good guide I decided to share my observations and results.
I decided to do this now rather than to wait, because the presence of the stickers is more likely to leave a permanent mark the longer they have been in place and shielding exposure to UV bleaching from the sun, etc.
I have a 2014 Summit with the Midnight Galactic Abyss (or whatever the marketing term is for “black”) fake suede interior.
I used a heat gun set to 300°F, with a wide flat nozzle, to help peel the sticker off. Starting the edge was the hardest part; I used a pocket knife blade to help pick at the edge of the heated sticker to get it started. I peeled it off the rest of the way by pulling the sticker gently while applying heat to the leading edge. I was careful not to dwell on any spot too long; I kept my finger in the area and if it became too hot to touch I moved the gun to another spot. I then cleaned the sticker area of the visor with Goo Gone, with much attention devoted to the edges (human eyes are drawn to borders, which is the theory behind camouflage). I then cleaned the area with water and let it dry for an hour with the windows down and the sun roof open (Goo Gone is pungent and I didn’t want the smell in the interior). After the hour I followed up with the heat gun set to 350°F, with a small nozzle, to assist as I used my finger to rub off the remaining residue.
Note for anyone considering this: I didn't rush, and so I probably spent about 90 minutes on the task (not
counting the hour I left it to dry). Others who are more experienced could probably do this in far less time.
A note about my photos:
I deliberately tried to obtain the angle/exposure that would show the results in the worst possible light. So, in actuality looks better than depicted. I know that most people considering removing these are doing so due to aesthetics, and therefore anything short of perfection is likely to bother them. I hope this helps others who may be vacillating about whether to commit to this irreversible procedure.
The “after” shot (again, this is the worst angle/exposure combo I could devise):
The back of the sticker looks like this after it has been removed (obviously some of the fake suede material is pulled up during removal):
Sticker removed, before Goo Gone:
Two angles of result after Goo Gone & water, but before final cleanup with heat gun: