Fuel filler door

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  1. Gregory Cooper

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    Some of the black sticker has come off the fuel filler door and I want to remove the rest. I have used a blow dryer and a plastic scrapper with no results.
    I am afraid a razor will scratch the chrome.
    I am also concerned a heat gun will get the door too hot.
    Has anyone removed the black sticker?
    If so, what method was used?
     
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    I just pulled mine off when it began peeling. I got a custom one to replace it cheaper than paying the $40 they want for the Mopar one.

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    Isn't the factory gas cap a satin black finish that requires special care?:eek:
     
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    I don't know if it needs special care.
    The coating peeled off to and what remains doesn't want to come off.
    I like the looks of all chrome.
    I just need to know how to get the remaining coating off.
    I am afraid a heat gun will be too hot.
    I have tried acetone based fingernail polish remover and got no results.
     
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    From what I have heard the black spoiler in rear gas cap and if you had that black optional satin hood, all of that requires special extra care.

    SUBJECT:
    Satin Finish Care And Protection
    OVERVIEW:
    Satin paint is a unique exterior treatment that gives your Challenger SRT Hellcat a
    distinctive appearance. Satin finishes are different from other automotive paints and need
    special care to maintain their appearance. Typical gloss paints use a high gloss clear-coat
    finish that reflects light and gives a shiny appearance. A satin finish uses a different
    coating that diffuses light, providing a unique “flat” finish. Unlike a typical high gloss
    clear-coat, damage to the satin coating (such as scratches or wear from aggressive
    cleaning) cannot be polished or buffed out. Once an area is damaged or becomes shiny,
    the “flat” appearance cannot be restored.
    MODELS:
    2015 (LA) Challenger SRT Hellcat
    PARTS/EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:
    Qty. Part No. Description
    1 (AR) NPN Swissvax Brand Opaque Products And/Or Dr.
    Beasley’s Brand Matte Series And/Or
    Equivalent
    2 (AR) NPN Wash Buckets With Grit Guard Inserts
    1 (AR) 04318014AB Glass Cleaner
    1 (AR) 04318020AD Total Clean
    1 (AR) 04318068AB Windshield Washer Solvent
    1 (AR) 04886330AC Super Kleen Bug, Tar & Spot Remover
    1 (AR) NPN Meguiars M34 Mirror Glaze Final Inspection
    1 (AR) NPN Car Wash Soap Designed Specifically For
    Matte Paint
    1 (AR) NPN Soft Car Wash Mitt, Wash Pad Or Microfiber
    Sponge
    1 (AR) NPN Hose And Sprayer With Shut-off Nozzle
    (Optional: Pressure Washer With 45 Degree
    Or Larger Tip And Pressure Less Than 1200
    NUMBER: 23-031-14
    GROUP: Body
    DATE: October 16, 2014
    Qty. Part No. Description
    PSI Held At Least 12 Inches From The Paint)
    1 (AR) NPN Microfiber Cloth
    SATIN FINISH PROTECTION:
    Treating your satin finish paint regularly with paint protection will protect the finish, make it
    easier to keep clean, and prevent water spots from forming. Use products made
    specifically for satin paint such as Swissvax Opaque Matte Paint Wax and Dr. Beasley’s
    Matte Paint and Sealant.
    •Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Always test the product in a
    hidden area before using in a visible area.
    •Apply the product evenly with a minimum amount of wiping to prevent burnishing the satin
    finish.
    NOTE: Lightly wipe the surface in a forward and backward motion; avoid circular
    motions, which can leave swirls in the finish.
    AREAS THAT REQUIRE ADDITIONAL CARE:
    • Areas such as fuel door, spoiler and hood that are touched regularly are more prone to
    texture changes. These areas will develop a shiny, smooth appearance due to polishing
    from repetitive contact. It is preferable to use clean gloves; otherwise, ensure hands are
    clean and free of oils or lotions.
    • Gasoline will degrade the top coat of the matte finish. Spills and drips around the fuel
    door will result in shiny areas in the pattern of the contamination. Always use clean towels
    to protect the painted surface around the fuel door from inadvertent fuel drips or splashes.
    •Water spots may form on the fuel door, hood and spoiler and will permanently change
    surface texture if allowed to repeatedly dry and leave mineral deposits. The deposits and
    efforts to clean the area will polish the surface and result in shiny lines.
    23-031-14 -2-
    Fig. 1 Areas That Require Additional Care
    1 - Hood
    2 - Fuel Filler Door
    3 - Spoiler
    GENERAL MAINTENANCE TIPS:
    To maintain your vehicle’s Satin paint appearance for many years to come, please refer to
    the following care and maintenance tips:
    DO NOT:
    • Do not use commercial car wash facilities or their shine enhancement products. Most car
    wash brushes, large mechanized towels and shine enhancement products can damage
    satin paint.
    •Do not use wax, detail spray, Armor All® or any products made for high gloss paint. Only
    use products specifically developed for satin finish paint.
    •Do not use products that are even mildly abrasive, such as polishes, glazes or rubbing
    compounds.
    •Do not use mechanical cleaners or polishers.
    •Do not use terry cloth, cloth or paper towels.
    •Do not rub the finish vigorously. This will burnish the paint finish, causing a permanent
    shiny spot. Shiny spots cannot be removed.
    •Do not wipe the vehicle in a circular motion; lightly wipe the surface in a forward and
    backward motion.
    •Do not use any products that are not listed under the Parts/Equipment required area of
    this service bulletin.
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    DO:
    • Remove foreign substances such as insect remains, tar and road debris using a soft
    applicator and a mild solvent; saturate and soak area before cleaning — rub lightly.
    • Hand-wash with a soft wash mitt and mild cleaning products safe for satin paint (see
    Satin Finish Care Resources).
    • Use microfiber cleaning cloths with alcohol-based and ammonia-free window cleaner for
    basic surface clean-up.
    SPOT CLEANING:
    The preferred method for removing dirt and debris is pressure washing (see Washing Your
    Car), but for those times when you need to do a quick spot cleaning to remove tree sap or
    road debris before it causes damage to the finish, follow these recommendations:
    GENERAL SPOT CLEANING PROCEDURE:
    • Apply window cleaner or satin paint cleaner to a cloth and surface to be cleaned; do not
    wipe a dry towel on paint finish — a dry towel will damage the finish.
    • Soak the spot and allow it to soften.
    • Lightly wipe the surface in a forward and backward motion; avoid circular motions, which
    can leave swirls in the finish.
    • Rinse with water so cleaning product does not remain on finish.
    • Repeat if necessary.
    REMOVING NATURAL STAINS AND ROAD DEBRIS:
    • Spray the stained area with water to remove any loose debris.
    • Spray the area with an alcohol-based window cleaner, satin paint cleanser, or a solution
    of 50% alcohol / 50% deionized water.
    • Apply cleaning product on a damp microfiber sponge or microfiber towel.
    • Wipe car finish lightly to remove debris.
    • Dry with a clean, damp microfiber soft cloth.
    • Lightly wipe the surface in a forward and backward motion; avoid circular motions, which
    can leave swirls in the finish.
    REMOVING TAR OR TREE SAP:
    • Spray the stained area with water to remove any loose debris.
    • Dampen remaining debris with tar remover and allow it to soak.
    • In a controlled indoor environment apply tar remover to damp microfiber soft cloth and
    follow manufactures recommendations.
    • Lightly wipe the surface in a forward and backward motion to remove debris; avoid
    circular motions, which can leave swirls in the finish. Minimize rubbing and let the solvent
    do the work.
    • Once debris is removed, wash with satin paint finish soap, using a damp microfiber soft
    cloth, then rinse well with water.
    • Dry with a clean, damp microfiber soft cloth.
    23-031-14 -4-
    NOTE: Saturate a microfiber soft cloth with tar remover and place it on the debris to
    soak for five minutes before washing.
    PRE-WASHING/WASHING:
    Inspect the entire vehicle for areas with heavy soiling or spots, and if necessary, treat
    these areas first.
    NOTE: Always test cleaning products in a hidden area before using in a visible area.
    HAND WASH FOR BEST RESULTS:
    For hand washing, park the vehicle in a cool shaded area out of direct sunlight. Read the
    following procedures thoroughly and prepare your equipment and supplies before soaping
    up the car.
    PRESSURE WASHING:
    • Pressure washing (with pressure no greater than 1200 psi) is the best way to remove
    heavy soiling before washing your vehicle. Use a 45 degree or larger fan tip and hold it at
    least 12 inches from the paint.
    WHEELS:
    • If you plan to clean the wheels, do this before washing the car. Use a Mopar Tire and
    Wheel Cleaner developed for cleaning coated alloy wheels. Do not drive the vehicle until
    the product has set to prevent it from contacting the satin finish. Follow the
    manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Due to the high performance nature of the brake system, the wheels will get coated with
    brake dust. It is recommended that Mopar® Wheel Cleaner be used on your wheels to
    avoid any possible damage to the finish, except if equipped with Dark Vapor or Black Satin
    Chrome wheels, then you must only use mild soap and water and a soft cloth. Please see
    your Owner’s Manual for further information.
    WASH PROCEDURE:
    • Pre-rinse the vehicle with a hose or pressure washer to cool it and to remove large
    pieces of dirt that can scratch the paint.
    NOTE: Keep the hose nearby for frequent rinsing.
    • Prepare one bucket (with dirt separator grid at the bottom) with satin paint car wash
    solution and water, according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Fill a second bucket with clean water for rinsing the wash mitt. When washing the vehicle,
    always rinse the wash mitt to ensure it is clean before placing it into the wash solution.
    • Soak the soft car wash mitt, wash pad or microfiber sponge in the wash solution.
    • Wash the vehicle lightly, working in small sections from the top to the bottom.
    • Wash a section of the vehicle then rinse completely before moving to another section.
    • Continue the wash and rinse steps for each section until the car is clean.
    DRYING:
    • For best appearance, use a clean damp chamois, sponge cloth or microfiber towel to dry
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    your vehicle before it air dries. If the paint surface is starting to air dry, dampen the areas
    that you are not drying. Water blades are not recommended for drying the satin finish.
    NOTE: Keep the clean sections wet as you finish the next section. This thoroughly
    rinses any remaining soap residue and prevents water spots from forming.
    POLICY:
    Information Only.
     
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    I appreciate the efforts you gone gone through to help me. But I don't have a Hellcat. I have a R/T. The cap is chrome and there is a black overlay in the center of the cap allowing the "fuel" to stand out. The overlay has come off most of the cap and what remains won't come off easily.
     
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    Try smothering Goo Gone on it and let that work in behind what's left of the decal overnight. Then use a heat gun to peel it up. If you have a small BRASS detail brush, it can be used to scrape the decal. The brass won't scratch the chrome unless you use a lot of force.
     
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    I'll try that. Thank you.
     
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    I would take the door off and use a heat gun to warm it up away from the gas tank.