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any suggestions for replacing decals on a frame?(7 posts)

any suggestions for replacing decals on a frame?tarwheel
Aug 15, 2003 10:04 AM
I just bought a used titanium frame that needs new decals. I ordered a new set and I'm wondering how difficult they are to install. How do you remove the old decals? Any particular suggestions for cleaning the ti frame (brushed finish) before installing the new decals? Any tips for lining up the decals so they aren't crooked? According to the distributor, the decals have an adhesive backing.
Use your wife's blow dryerpedalAZ
Aug 15, 2003 10:09 AM
It will loosen the old adhesive to where you can rub it off.

Why put decals on that beautiful Ti frame? Leave it stealthy!

I use Nevrdull to polish my unpainted aluminum frame; it would probably work well on the brushed ti. This stuff comes in a little metal tub at the hardware store (e.g., Ace). It is a bunch of fibrer, impregnated with a clenaing and polishing compound. You tear some off, rub it all over the surface to be polished until it is covered with kind of an oily looking mess, then wipe it off with a clean polishing cloth. Gives a darn near mirror finish on the aluminum.
Nail polish remover to take off the old one....Juanmoretime
Aug 15, 2003 10:23 AM
and then scotchbrite the frame. I've re-decaled my Vortex. Measure the decals and the centers and do the same with the frame. Most decals have a covering where you can put dots at the ends in the center. Mark the spots on the frame with masking tape with dots and line them up.
That does it..the bull
Aug 15, 2003 2:16 PM
I used brake cleaner.It works real quick takes 3 minutes.
why decals?tarwheel
Aug 15, 2003 10:56 AM
I'm not crazy about the looks of bare titanium. I figure any bit of color will help the appearance.
re: any suggestions for replacing decals on a frame?Spoke Wrench
Aug 16, 2003 5:34 AM
For stickers with adhesive backing do this:

1. With the backing still on the sticker, use a piece of masking tape like a hinge to trial stick the sticker onto the bike. Now you can measure, stare at, think about, imagine, ask your wife, or whatever else you do to assure yourself that it's in the right place.

2. Flip the "hinge" up and remove the backing that covers the adhesive.

3. Carefully smooth the sticker onto the bike frame and peel off the surface covering.

It's lots easier to do than real decals.
thanks, monbianchi boy
Aug 16, 2003 10:47 AM
that's sounds like a good technique