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How to remove decals from a Ti frame??(7 posts)

How to remove decals from a Ti frame??retroger
Mar 23, 2002 6:06 PM
How does one remove the extremely cheap and inadequate decals from a bazillion dollar Titanium frame? I don't want to mar the brushed finish by using hard tools. I figure there should be some chemical (hopefully not too toxic) that would melt them right off.
Thanks all!
acetone...merckx56
Mar 23, 2002 6:27 PM
will take off the offending decals. wet the rag with acetone, hold it on the decal, wait a few seconds and then rub the decal off. it doesn't mar the finish and takes off all of the deacal.
acetone...Akirasho
Mar 24, 2002 12:44 AM
... can't speak for all Ti frames, but that's straight from the boys at Airborne's mouth...

For their frames, acetone will take off their decals.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: How to remove decals from a Ti frame??retroger
Mar 24, 2002 4:36 AM
Acetone (c/o nail plish remover) worked VERY well!
Thanks everyone!
BTW - VERY slight shadow left (visible in the right lighting) , I will work on it with more acetome and a toothbrush.
Brushed finish clean upNessism
Mar 24, 2002 9:03 AM
A 3M Scotchbrite pad works great to touch up the finish on brushed Ti. These pads come in a varity of grits and I've found the red pad to work well. Just make the strokes in the direction you want the brush marks to run. You can find these at automotive paint stores. Good luck.

Ed
Hairdryer/Heat GunMikeC
Mar 24, 2002 2:41 PM
If you don't want to mess with chemicals, use a hairdryer on its hottest setting, or a heat gun at a lower temp.
I've successfully removed decals from both ti and carbon this way.
If you use a heat gun, be very careful about any plastic or rubber nearby, and don't let it get too hot.
re: How to remove decals from a Ti frame??rider5673
Mar 25, 2002 10:04 AM
My advice would be to peel as much of the sticker off as possible, then clean the goo off with WD-40. It makes lousy chain lube, but is surprisingly good at softening and removing the sticky gum left by decals, and it's completely inert w.r.t paint or metals. Then just wash the area to clean off the WD-40.