Classic & Vintage - Suggestions on Removing a Glued-On Headbadge
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01-26-09, 12:19 PM
OK, my 77 Trek 510 is in the process of being repainted and it came with no headbadge. I just picked up a Trek 400 that has the correct headbadge and it's in perfect condition, unlike the rest of the frame--well the head tube is the only place on the bike where the paint is unscarred--and naturally I'd like to remove the one I have and send it out to the painter for installation on my restoration but want to be able to do it without damaging the badge itself, or the backing.
I know I could probably pry it off but I'm concerned with damage so any suggestions on non-destructive removal that will leave me a pristine badge? Some kind of citrus solvent? My wife's hair dryer? I'd like to hear from anyone with experience or suggestions.
01-26-09, 12:23 PM
Piano wire, a skinny smooth guitar string, fishing line...You get the idea. Just use a sawing motion and downward pressure being careful not to nick the edges...
01-26-09, 12:54 PM
For Buell motorcycles with the lego letters on the plastic gas tanks owners have had success with dental floss and wd-40. If you add a little warmth (vs. heat) with a handheld hair blowdrier it might help.
Hairdryer works well on glued on badges.
+1 Heat. +1 Fishing line. Probably a combination of the two.
Good call on not prying it. I have made that mistake.
I use my wife's crafting heat gun to remove decals. It works very good. I just try to get it back before she notices. That said, she figured it out when I went to remove the "wood" off my old Roadmaster Wagon, the decals came right off, but she noticed I had her bright purple heat gun. Oh well.
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