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Rev 5 spoiler

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Ok, I suspect I’m being stupid here but I’ve got a minor irritation from my rev 5 spoiler.

I bought it off a breaker, and like the seller I was expecting to undo four nuts and two bolts then lift it off.

After four friendly nuts and two sheared bolts we went to lift it out - only to find it stuck fast. He wasn’t a small chap but there was nothing he could do to budge it. In the end he simply threw in the boot lid as a freebie.

Fast forward to today when I want the spoiler on the car and it’s still stuck fast. Lots of careful prodding and prying seems to imply that the outer gasket is clear and free to lift, the bolt threads all move a bit, but the inner gasket is acting like a really REALLY effective glue.

I’m thinking heating it from below is the answer, but before I get out the acetylene does anyone have a better option?


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how about a thin wire and pull between spoiler and lid ?
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jeff wrote: 12/05/24 15:36 how about a thin wire and pull between spoiler and lid ?
I did wonder about some dental floss, perhaps some speaker wire..? Will give that a go after the heat treatment. Thanks Jeff
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maybe BUT BUT obvious reactions may occcur!!!

stand boot lid on end and gently pop a drop or two of acetone or adhesive remover Goo Goo Gone (if the wire trick doesnt work) at the join, may just lossen it up a tad to get it moving.

Whe ever ive had to get a sink off a wall thats been siliconed to death i do the acetone trick gets things moving
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I'd be very wary of using oxy-acetylene, a bit to hot I.M.O maybe start melting/setting things on fire, would be a very last resort for me. Jeff or Brian's suggestions would be worth trying first.
It's quite possible someone has used silicon/ tiger seal around the threads to stop boot leaks annd that's what is holding it ;)
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Yes I was rather overstating it with the O-A, I want to separate it not liquify it. :) I suspect you’re right about the leaks. The car it came off was the most rust-ridden I’ve ever seen - astonishingly far gone.


The acetone trick sounds interesting. It needs a respray anyway so as long as it won’t melt the spoiler itself that could be worth a go.
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Its probably been bonded on at some point in its life with stick like "censored" etc. go on ebay and buy a cheap windscreen removal tool. Its like cheese wire with 2 handles. Works perfect and is cheap. I used it to remove the 1980’s adhesive between the aluminium panels and wood frame when reframing/restoring my motorhome. You’ll have it off in minutes and with no damage.

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One would concur re the windscreen removal wire
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Whatever that grey self-adhesive foam is - bloody hell. Good stuff.
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:clapping: nice one :th:
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Seriously, I would happily fly on a plane glued together with whatever that was! Now I just have to get it off the base of the spoiler and get a new suite of gaskets ordered
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