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TSB 23-020-06

Transit Film Removal

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Date: May 10, 2006

THIS BULLETIN SUPERSEDES TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN 23-015-05, DATED
MARCH 9, 2005, WHICH SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM YOUR FILES. REVISIONS
INCLUDE AN ADDITIONAL MODEL AND AN ADDITIONAL NOTE.

Models: 2004 - 2006 (DR) Ram Truck

2002 - 2006 (PT) Chrysler PT Cruiser/Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible
2004 - 2006 (DR) Ram Truck
2004 - 2006 (ZH) Crossfire Coupe/Crossfire Roadster

Discussion:
Transit Film Removal Process
1.      Wet vehicle thoroughly using cool to warm water.
NOTE: Never use hot water to remove film: the film is designed to remove easily
from the surface at ambient temperatures between 16° C. and 32° C. (60° F.
AND 90° F.).
2. Peel the film off using cool to warm water from a garden hose or pressure washer
system. Combine the peeling of the film with one hand while directing the water
pressure with the other.
NOTE: Pressure washer may have a pressure up to 13790 kPa (2000 psi.).
CAUTION: Use gloves that will protect your hands from water pressures created by
the pressure washer system.
3. Transit film may leave a wax haze on surface. Wash vehicle using Mopar Car Wash
Soap Concentrate, p/n 05013677AB, or equivalent and water to remove.
NOTE: Painted surfaces of the vehicle that are covered for extended periods of time
with transit film may appear to have a white "milky" spot(s) on dark colors, or
a fogging, coffee colored spot(s) on lighter colors (front end covers or
magnetic signs can cause the same condition) and can be corrected with the
following steps:
1. Place a heat gun approximately 100 to 150 mm (4 to 6 inches) from the effected area.
A target surface temperature of 80° to 95° C. (180° to 200°F.) is preferred. DO NOT
APPLY HEAT ABOVE 95° C. (200°F.) TO ANY PLASTIC PARTS.
2. Heat the effected area for approximately 2 to 4 minutes. The amount of time is
dependent upon the size and shape of the affected area and the severity of the
condition. CIRCULATE THE HEAT GUN AROUND THE EFFECTED AREA. DO NOT
ALLOW HEAT TO BE DIRECTED AT ONE AREA FOR TOO LONG, PAINT DAMAGE
MAY OCCUR.
3. If this Repair Procedure does not correct the condition, color-coat paint repair will be
required.
Additional Precautions To Take When Removing Transit Film From Vehicles
Equipped With Flame Package Decals.
1. Take care not to lift edges of decals when removing film.
2. Peel film away from decals starting from the large decal surface areas toward the
smaller decal surface areas. Pull on the film so the film already peeled away is above
the still adhered film and at 45° angle to the surface.

Additional Steps When Transit Film:

  • Has been on the vehicle for 6 months or longer
  • When film is extremely dirty in appearance
  • When film is stubborn to peel off by hand
  • Leaves an adhesive residue on the paint
1. Wet vehicle thoroughly using cool to warm water.
NOTE: Never use hot water to remove film: the film is designed to remove easily
from the surface at ambient temperatures between 16° C. and 32° C. (60° F.
and 90° F.).
2. Soak film using cold to warm water and wash thoroughly using Mopar Car Wash Soap
Concentrate, p/n 05013677AB, or equivalent and water. If film is extremely dirty, use a
“woolen” car wash mitt, wet surface and pour Mopar Car Wash Soap Concentrate
directly onto surface and thoroughly wash the film.
3. Repeat the water soaking process, until the film turns from clear to a milky white
appearance. When the film turns milky white, release agents in the film have been
activated allowing the film to be removed from the surface using a pressure washer. In
extreme conditions, soak towels in warm soapy water and place directly on the film
surface where the film is difficult to remove, keeping the surface wet for 10-15 minutes.
When film turns milky white, remove towels and use pressure washer to remove the
film.
Removal of small film particles on paint surface:
1. Use Mopar Windshield Washer Solvent (p/n 04318067AB) or equivalent (methyl
alcohol, methanol based). Pour directly onto a clean soft dry cloth (do not dilute the
solvent). The concentrated solvent will instantly dissolve the transit film particles from
paint surfaces or acrylic lenses, acrylic emblems, polycarbonate, lexan surfaces, or
unsealed rubber surfaces.

NOTE: Always wear rubber gloves and follow manufacturer's instructions when
handling chemical substances.

NOTE: Never pour solvents onto the film for removal. The film will always come off
with soap and water pressure.

NOTE: Place a wire screen over drain to the stop film from entering and clogging
sewer drain. Transit film is a class ii industrial non-hazardous waste and
should be disposed of accordingly.

NOTE: On vehicles with transit film that is difficult to remove, a citrus base cleaner
will aid in the removal of the transit film adhesive residue.

Parts Required:

Qty. Part No. Description
AR 05013677AB Car Wash Concentrate, 8 oz.
AR 05013678AB Car Wash Concentrate, 5 gal..
AR 04318067AB Windshield Washer Cleaner

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