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Can Trek decals be removed???(5 posts)

Can Trek decals be removed???hycobob
Aug 10, 2002 7:53 PM
I'm getting a 5200 this week and am curious if the decals can be removed without killing the finish.
re: Can Trek decals be removed???mja
Aug 11, 2002 3:27 AM
I removed decals from a Fisher Big Sur. They came off without damging paint. However, there is a clearcoat finish over the decals. This will, of course, peel away too. And you will be left with fine white lines -- the several-mil-thick edges of clearcoat will be visible. Don't do it.
Trek DecalsGeex
Aug 11, 2002 4:27 AM
The 2001 5900 had 'Trek' plastered on that frame twelve times. From any angle, 'Trek' was visible in at least three places. Geez....

The stickers were applied over clearcoat, then had another coat shot over both. When the stickers were removed, a bit of a bead remained around the outline of the sticker that was only barely noticable. That was rubbed out during a rainy day....
i did it to my 5200ishmael
Aug 11, 2002 9:31 AM
it took awhile, like 3 hours, and gave me a purple fingernail. It did leave a slight ridge from the clear coat on top. I still liked it more that way. The clearcoat is slightly blue so the color changes very slightly too, but from 6 feet away you couldnt notice and often closer than that you couldnt tell. My advice is once you have it started with a finger nail DONT RIP IT. Go very slowly and get the whole thing off in one piece if you can. I think it was kind of fun. If youre into picking at hangnails, popping zits and the like you'll love it.
You will void the frame warrantyAndy
Aug 12, 2002 12:05 PM
I sent an e-mail to Trek's customer support and they told me that removing the decals would viod the lifetime warranty.

If you purchased the bike used, the warranty is non transferrable so you should be able to remove them with no problems.