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My DIY solution to the visor airbag warning stickers/decals

OaklandGTI

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Oakland, CA
Obligatory: "My name is Mike, and I have OCD" (crowd): *Hi Mike*

I hate the airbag warning labels on the visors of my Mk7. They're very bold and distracting. I've seen numerous reports on how to remove these, but those solutions sure didn't look like they'd work for the mk7.
Unlike those from previous GTIs, the Mk7 appears that these airbag warnings are screen printed onto the visors themselves, and not really labels you can remove by soaking them with rubbing alcohol (as suggested by other fix attempts.) I also saw that some people tried this and were left with a sloppy mess, so I didn't want to go this route.

Plus, I'm lazy cheap, and don't want to disconnect things.
And since I'm very experienced with Adobe Illustrator, I just designed my own visor stickers/decals to cover them up that are made to look semi-OEM by design.

So here's the annoying labels I detest:


So I fired up Adobe Illustrator and created some vector art for a label that would universally look nice (hopefully) with the red GTI accents of the car. I designed this:


Then simply stuck them on over the annoying labels:


The photo doesn't' really do it justice, and makes the label stand out a bit more than it does in person, since the material itself catches the light differently in a photograph. In person it's even more "seamless" since the area itself is dark and it blends really well.

I searched the internet to have these printed and many shops won't print them unless you do a minimum print run of like 200 or so. But I was able to have these printed by Matt Fishler, the owner of MotoGFX (matt@motogfx.com) and the total cost was $30 for the pair. Total time from printing to arriving by mail was four business days. Done! I don't have any affiliation with Matt, but wanted to pass along his info in case anyone wants to make a pair of these for themselves. He likely has my exact same artwork still on-file if you want the exact same design printed, but if not, check later down in the thread for PDF links.

I'm really happy with the outcome, and it's far less distracting in my peripheral vision than the black/yellow warning labels.


EDIT: FEEL FREE TO DOWNLOAD THESE IF YOU LIKE THEM:

Some requested labels for the R and some requested them in different colors. It's really easy for me to adjust, so below are the variations in red, white and black. Feel free to download the one you like.

The sample images contain the little white guides are the corners for cutting. The final files do NOT need these. It's just a visual guide to show you how they look as a preview.

Here we go.

1. RED GTI OPTION:


DOWNLOAD LINK:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ytujqw3u09jr1bw/gti-red.pdf?dl=0


2. WHITE GTI OPTION:


DOWNLOAD LINK:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/kyaygfyf2i98lkj/gti-white.pdf?dl=0


3. BLACK GTI OPTION:


DOWNLOAD LINK:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/0brn89cv7qa2eoa/gti-black.pdf?dl=0


4. RED GOLF-R OPTION:


DOWNLOAD LINK:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/aen2ctwj8uiwynf/r-red.pdf?dl=0


5. WHITE GOLF-R OPTION:


DOWNLOAD LINK:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/vsqvq3za6mn8l9n/r-white.pdf?dl=0


6. BLACK GOLF-R OPTION:


DOWNLOAD LINK:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/uq9z5am16i1gzsx/r-black.pdf?dl=0


7. BLUE GOLF-R OPTION:


DOWNLOAD LINK:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/kdnch3ee2gvsz7c/r-blue.pdf?dl=0

8. "UNIVERSAL" VW OPTION:


DOWNLOAD LINK:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/bn27yvoz7uvy9tj/vw_universal.pdf?dl=0

The PDFs are hosted on dropbox. Just click the top blue DOWNLOAD button to download the exact PDF file for printing. (You don't even need a dropbox account to download the files.) Just click to download.

That should do it....enjoy!
 
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BxGTI

Go Kart Champion
Location
Bronx,NY
To be honest I really like you solution, looks great, very smart and I think that I'll email your printer to get a set. Those warnings really don't bother me at all, in fact I forgot that they existed until I saw this thread but looks good nevertheless and it will be much more pleasing to the eye. Thanks for doing this


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MK7_Roa

Ready to race!
Location
New Jersey
Ugh something new to bother my OCD lol I didn't even notice them until this but nonetheless thanks for this I will be purchasing in the future.
 

Davey Jones

Ready to race!
Location
Austin, TX
Can you make an image for the Rs? I'll send you a bunch of internet dollars
 

Sandman GTI

Drag Race Newbie
Location
Tennessee USA
Very good.
This bugs me when the visors are down all you see from the front of the car is the warning signs thru the windshield.
The only decision is do you turn wording so you can read inside car or turn so when visor is down others can see?
One could print the forum logo with your call name below.
Other members might ID who you are if visor is down.
 

OaklandGTI

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Oakland, CA
Wow, thanks for the kind words about these, and I'm glad that people like them. Instead of individually going through and emailing each of you, I think it's easier if I just make a bunch of customized ones here, perfectly sized, and then you guys can download them.

(Note, I don't have an R, so I cannot confirm if the airbag warning label is the exact same size, but I assume it is. Also, size-wise, these were perfectly sized to cover my 2016 GTI's warning label. Unsure if the sizing changed from year to year, etc. Just download one of the PDFs, cut them out and confirm they will cover your warning label if you don't own a 2016...just in case.)

Some requested labels for the R and some requested them in different colors. It's really easy for me to adjust, so below are the variations in red, white and black. Feel free to download the one you like.

The sample images contain the little white guides are the corners for cutting. The final files do NOT need these. It's just a visual guide to show you how they look as a preview.

Here we go.

1. RED GTI OPTION:


DOWNLOAD LINK:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ytujqw3u09jr1bw/gti-red.pdf?dl=0


2. WHITE GTI OPTION:


DOWNLOAD LINK:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/kyaygfyf2i98lkj/gti-white.pdf?dl=0


3. BLACK GTI OPTION:


DOWNLOAD LINK:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/0brn89cv7qa2eoa/gti-black.pdf?dl=0


4. RED GOLF-R OPTION:


DOWNLOAD LINK:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/aen2ctwj8uiwynf/r-red.pdf?dl=0


5. WHITE GOLF-R OPTION:


DOWNLOAD LINK:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/vsqvq3za6mn8l9n/r-white.pdf?dl=0


5. BLACK GOLF-R OPTION:


DOWNLOAD LINK:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/uq9z5am16i1gzsx/r-black.pdf?dl=0


The PDFs are hosted on dropbox. Just click the top blue DOWNLOAD button to download the exact PDF file for printing. (You don't even need a dropbox account to download the files.) Just click to download.

That should do it....enjoy!
 

Davey Jones

Ready to race!
Location
Austin, TX
you are the man. i'll probably get the black on black one printed. thanks so much.
 

2015WhiteGTI

Go Kart Champion
Thank you! I'm definitely going to do this. I've hated those stupid warnings since day one.

BTW: Love the way your post started! "Hi Mike."
 
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