Is there a way to remove a permanent Garmin dashboard mount?

Discussion in 'General GPS Discussion' started by Don, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. Don

    Don Guest

    I screwed up and put a permanent mount on my dashboard when I mean to
    use the temporary one. Duh. Does anyone know how to get it off without
    ruining the dashboard?

    Don, Aug 10, 2004
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    Ralf Ballis Guest

    It is bad to remove some holes in you dashboard when you screwed up. I would
    prefer some solutions without making holes in the dashboard like installing
    a cellphone holder.


    Ralf Ballis, Aug 10, 2004
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  3. Don

    Don Guest

    I didn't put holes in my dashboad. Gamin doesn't ask you to put holes
    in your dashboard. This is the permanent adhesive pad. Is there a way
    to remove it?

    Don, Aug 10, 2004
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    Karl Juul Guest

    I would try squirting some WD-40 under the mount, every couple of days for a
    week or so, then thoroughly heating the base with a hairdryer, while pulling
    at an angle. Other more aggressive solvents are likely to damage the
    dashboard vinyl, but WD-40 definitely won't.

    Karl Juul, Aug 10, 2004
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    Seagull Guest

    Another thing to try: plain mineral oil. It shouldn't discolor or ruin
    your dash and is pretty good at dissolving adhesives. I haven't tried it
    on the Garmin pads, but I suspect it will get the job done.

    Seagull, Aug 10, 2004
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    Bob Gardner Guest

    We peeled ours off as well as we could, then used mineral spirits. Can't
    tell it was there now. I should have gotten the beanbag in the first place.

    Bob Gardner
    Bob Gardner, Aug 10, 2004
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    Woody Guest

    You might try heating it with a hair dryer first before applying any
    chemicals. Usually when the glue gets warm it will peel off.....
    Woody, Aug 11, 2004
  8. Given the temperature (US) car dashboards reach, in the sun, I seriously
    doubt that will work. If it does Garmin would be in a lot of trouble.
    I'd try the oil someone suggested .. any solvents that'd take off the
    glue will probably spoil the dashboard finish too, depending on what it
    is (wood? Vinyl? ABS?). (Serious) Freezing might work, but again, the
    dashboard finish is at risk.
    GSV Three Minds in a Can, Aug 11, 2004
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    Gary S. Guest

    I would second this suggestion. Both WD-40 and mild heat are very
    effective on most adhesives.

    Knowing the type of adhesive would help, of course. But the above,
    with patience, will most likely get the job done.

    When done, soap will remove the WD-40.

    Happy trails,
    Gary (net.yogi.bear)
    Gary S., Aug 11, 2004
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    LDR Guest

    I specifically asked what to use removing the adhesive when I bought
    mine at REI. Not sure the salesman was right, and I don't think he was
    either, but he suggested rubbing or denatured alcohol.
    LDR, Aug 11, 2004
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    Simon Long Guest

    I've successfully removed two Garmin permanent mounts with no visible
    marks whatsoever by the following process:

    Get a large flat-bladed metal kitchen spatula - the sort you use for
    flipping burgers or whatever - basically, a flat sheet of thin steel.
    Gently push this into the gap between the mount and the dash - the
    thickness of the adhesive disk prevents the mount and the dash being
    too close together for this.

    Gently ease the blade into the gap, rocking it from side to side
    slightly - you need to use a constant, steady pressure rather than
    jabbing it hard! On both occasions I've tried this, the glue has
    separated cleanly from either the dash or the maount, and you can just
    peel any remaining glue off with your fingers.

    Simon Long, Aug 11, 2004
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    Burnie M Guest

    Second hand info;
    Use a nylon fishing line to separate the mount from the dash then use
    a citrus based solvent to disolve the glue.

    You should end up with an unmarked dash altho the colour may be a
    little darker than the surrounding area if it has been on for some
    Burnie M, Aug 11, 2004
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    SamSez Guest

    I have removed one using piano wire [actually a guitar string] to cut through
    the disk and then used a product called 'un-du' adhesive remover [available at
    china/houseware stores] to do away with the remaining gunk. But that was one
    that was on for a while. If it was a recent apply, firm steady angled prying
    may be enough to break it loose.
    SamSez, Aug 11, 2004
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    Bob Gardner Guest

    Interesting and relevant side note...after I mounted my SPIII using the
    gunk, one day I left the car with the sun baking the windshield. Coming back
    to the car, my wife said "Someone stole the GPS!" When we got into the car,
    we found the GPS on the floor, having succumbed to heat and gravity and
    having left behind a snail-trail of disgusting goo.

    Bob Gardner
    Bob Gardner, Aug 11, 2004
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    Joe Stella Guest

    I suspect that you used the "temporary" adhesive pad rather than
    the "permanent" one.
    Joe Stella, Aug 13, 2004
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    Nov 17, 2010
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    removal of the adhesive

    Hi, try Goo Gone, it works perfectly. I bought it at Home Depot Foe $6.50. just spray on the glued surfaces, esp the edges, let it sit for like 1 min, and use a dull object (so it won't scratch the dashboard) to pick up the edge and pull it up, you might need to do this slowly and repeatedly, but it cleans very well, too. use a glove to protect your hands. After that, just use warm (soap) water to wipe clean the rest.

    Goo Gone, it works!:)
    jw5749, Nov 17, 2010
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