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any advice on removing decals/stickers ????(8 posts)

any advice on removing decals/stickers ????wes_london
Jun 22, 2001 11:30 AM
just thought id ask before i did something untoward.

i have just bought a used frame that is lovely but the previous owner has a few component manufacturer decals or stickers which are not gel coated or original. as i think they detract from the overall appearance of the frame i plan to remove them.

having never done this im unsure if it is remotely possible that paint could come with it or whether there is an easy way to do this.

also as a precautionary measure because its a steel frame i plan to use some weigel's frame saver. how long should i let it sit before assembling the components. is it a good product and if not is there anything else i should think of using. i remember my father spraying fish oil to the underpan of his new cars and he swore by this. but then again he is a little odd.

any advice will be greatly appreciated.

thanks , wes.
re: any advice on removing decals/stickers ????pstewart11
Jun 22, 2001 12:00 PM
OK- Dont laugh, but get yourself a bottle of Avon Skin So Soft. This stuff will remove all kinds of gummy schmeg from tape, stickers... you name it. Plus it smells kinda good... as a side note- its also a great bug repellent. It wont damage your paint and it comes off pretty quick with just using a cloth rag (Shop towel)

Anyway- Let the flames begin, but it does work

Good Luck - Patrick
carefulJack S
Jun 22, 2001 12:02 PM
The stickers may be covering bondo filled dings, and uncovering those might leave you crushed. If its clearcoated, or even if not, you probably won't pull up paint. If in doubt, just fingernail it and remove the goo with WD40.

As for the Framesaver, just follow the directions that come with it. You need to spray and let sit, then rotate the frame and let sit some more. You can build up the next day.
re: any advice on removing decals/stickers ????MikeC
Jun 22, 2001 12:47 PM
In most cases, the easiest way to remove decals is with a heat gun. But heat guns can be's pretty easy to melt something you don't intend to. I've had great success removing decals from both frames and carbon forks with a hairdryer, though. It takes longer, but the chance of collateral damage is greatly reduced.
re: any advice on removing decals/stickers ????MCCL
Jun 22, 2001 1:27 PM
There is a product that 3M makes and can be found at your local AUTOMOTIVE PAINT STORE. This stuff makes trasfer's gel up and then it's a matter of cleaning up. Do make sure that there is no clear coat over the sticker. Good luck.
Two wordsBQ
Jun 22, 2001 1:43 PM
Goo Gone.
Goof off (nm)Elefantino
Jun 22, 2001 6:42 PM
re: any advice on removing decals/stickers ????Lone Gunman
Jun 23, 2001 3:05 PM
Googone is a possibility but if not available, margerine, the stuff that is the butter substitute. You may have to rub it in a bit and work the edges loose of the sticker, but if you peel a big chunk of sticker off and have residue margerine will work well to clean it up. You just have to be persistant and work it into the residue and let it work.