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To remove this type of "hard, metallicish" sticker?

Try a heat gun (NOT a hair drier - they're not hot enough). If you damage the paintwork - unlikely - then your plan B was to take it to a body shop instead anyway.
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Do solvent/gel-based tire dressings have a tangible impact on tire life and performance?

According to Michelin, don't use petroleum based tire cleaning products The general belief system that all tire cleaners or dressing are bad seems to be founded in Urban Legend. Water soluable tire ...
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To remove this type of "hard, metallicish" sticker?

Razor + two chemical Cocktail - it worked! Success - I experimented a lot and fortunately the result was another "mechanics.SE save". 1. Whisky You're about to take a razor blade to a car, ...
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Do solvent/gel-based tire dressings have a tangible impact on tire life and performance?

Probably not, but... There is no concrete evidence that tire shines do indeed effect the longevity of tires significantly. There have been reports of the possibility of petroleum based tire shines ...
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How important is it to clay before polishing and waxing?

tl dr: It isn't necessary, but it improves the quality of the polish/wax job. "Claying" (otherwise known as using a clay bar or detailing clay), is a means by which to remove contaminates from the ...
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Cleaning and Shining Black, Under Hood Rubber and Plastic Parts

If your climate is anything like where I'm based, the picture shown is a part that is dirty mainly due to fine dust. I would advise against using any sort of chemical product without removing that ...
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Safely washing engine bay of Ford Focus

My view on cleaning engines is that they are probably designed to get wet. At least wet in reasonable ways – rain while the hood is open, splashes from puddles, water that makes it through the ...
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To remove this type of "hard, metallicish" sticker?

If you do try a sticker goo remover fluid you might need to paint it onto the edge (it might not permeate the sticker surface) and wait, then pull a bit, paint a bit more, pull, paint... long process ...
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To remove this type of "hard, metallicish" sticker?

Irrespective of whether you use heat (as some have suggested) or a solvent (as others have suggested), the more you brutalise the edges and corners the more difficult the operation will become. A ...
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How important is it to clay before polishing and waxing?

It would be silly to skip claying if the paint surface is heavy with contaminants and go to the compounding/polishing step; it would be like using makeup to cover blackheads - the right thing to do is ...
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How to choose between mild and agressive clay "cut"?

The different "cuts" are like the coarseness of sandpaper – they describe how deeply the material scratches the surface. The more "aggressive" cuts remove material at a faster rate – this means that ...
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What is causing discoloration around door latch

This is most likely wear on the paint due to opening the door. You have something in your hand and it hangs down. You unlatch the door via the handle and whatever is in your hand bangs against the car ...
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Should I clearcoat my headlights after sanding and polishing them?

You can buy a non yellowing clear coat for plastics that will keep it from yellowing. Video describing how to do it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEJbKLZ7RmM Non Yellowing Clear coat paint https://...
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Should I clearcoat my headlights after sanding and polishing them?

Headlights will yellow over time, almost like it's their purpose in life to do so. Once they do, you can treat them (as you have) or replace them. You will be sanding them again, when they turn yellow ...
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How good are clay bar substitutes for "claying"?

I've used both clay bar and clay mitt (similar to the product you've posted). Advantages of clay mitt: if dropped, you can clean it off and use it rather than throw it away typically covers larger ...
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Safely washing engine bay of Ford Focus

I went ahead and cleaned the engine, and so far (after a couple of hours driving around today), everything seems OK. Before applying degreaser and washing, I disconnected the negative battery terminal ...
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Removing "granny-mirrors"....?

It appears that the mirror is placed over the "closer than appears" warning. This would indicate that it's an aftermarket item. Your idea of using dental floss is a good one. The adhesives on these ...
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Problem with clear coating headlights

I think where you went wrong is in how you coated it. It's been awhile since I saw the ChrisFix video, but was thinking the way you should be doing this is by after cleaning the lense with IPA (after ...
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Is this chemical residue on the car surface? If so, how do I repair this?

Looks like someone left car wax on the plastic. There are some plastic restorer products out there that will polish it out. But since the detailer did it, have them make it right.
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Is partially claying okay?

If you only do part of the vehicle, how do you know you've gotten the part which is actually contaminated? If you clay a car, you want to do the whole thing. Claying removes the surface contaminants ...
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What class of cleaning/detailing products do I use for artificial/imitation leather?

Artificial "leather" is a plastic-like material. I'd use a cleaner for plastic/rubber/vinyl and not an actual leather product. You might check the Owner's Manual and see if they recommend a ...
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Is is safe to wash your engine bay?

Perfectly safe - the engine bay is not sealed, so it gets sprayed with water every time you go through a deep puddle. Obviously don't immerse the electrical bits in water, but wiping them over will be ...
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How long should car/bike liquid wax should be considered to be safe (on vehicle body) and effective to use?

I'm writing this answer based on my conversation with the product manufacturer itself and a few articles I read. During conversation, I cross questioned them to find out if it's true for this brand ...
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How long should car/bike liquid wax should be considered to be safe (on vehicle body) and effective to use?

Realistically, it is going to depend on the product itself, as every one is going to be different. They should remain good in their original container for quite some time. If you have any worries ...
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What is the risk of damaging a car when parking it outside for 1 year in a subtropical climate?

There's always going to be a risk of damage to a car leaving it outside in the elements. There's no way anyone on here is going to be able to tell you your car is going to have xxx amount of damage or ...
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Washing a waxed car?

Yep to wash a waved car just use two bucket method and a gentle shampoo like Megs Hyperwash, avoid using anything with wax properties itself like "Wash and Wax" and it's ilk. Washing is normal and ...
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Car touch-up paint... HELP!

I think you may have sprayed too many layers. When this happens the paint tends to chip or flake right off as your describing. As to the tape lines, using tape will always leave a line and will also ...
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Removing "granny-mirrors"....?

i think the hairdryer trick isn't a bad one. to remove residue adhesive, i have found "Goo Gone" very helpful. i'm not sure if there's a generic variant of the chemical, but i was going to recommend ...
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Should I clearcoat my headlights after sanding and polishing them?

Pros: your headlight lens will have an extra barrier of protection to protect the plastic against rocks, chips, cracks, and oxygen. It's cheaper to sand and coat a headlight than replace a headlight. $...
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Painting engine block & ancillaries being assembled: when is the right time to do so?

Before. Given that you want the bolts, gaskets, etc. to not be painted, the best time to do it is right out of the machine shop. It will never be this easy to access every part of the engine again. ...
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