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    How to remove clear chainstay protector strip?

    My '01 Hardrock Sport has an OEM clear chainstay protector strip that by now is pretty scratched up. I'd like to remove it without harming the paint underneath and nearby. The strip is still securely stuck down -- is there any magic chemical/solvent folks would suggest to loosen the strip?

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    The problem is that paint can be dissolved along with the adhesive.
    If I were you, I'd try a heat-***/hair dryer to soften the glue so you can just peel it off. Worked with the decals on my '80s car.

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    Use a heat *** to remove the strip. Then use rubbing alcohol to remove the glue left over

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    Thanks, I'll go dig out the heat ***!

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    Do what the ricers do when they debadge their cars- hit it with a hair dryer, then use dental floss to get in underneath it and cut/peel it off.
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mondoman View Post
    Thanks, I'll go dig out the heat ***!
    Safer to use a hair dryer. Heat *** can really screw up the paint fast if you aren't careful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sooprvylyn View Post
    Use a heat *** to remove the strip. Then use rubbing alcohol to remove the glue left over
    Low temperature heat ***...yes. Rubbing alcohol (IPA)...no. Mineral spirits work much better on adhesives then do polar solvents. Mineral spirits are known by several names...white gas, naphtha, paint thinner, low odor paint thinner, etc. Note that paint stripper is not the same as paint thinner
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    Doohickie wrote:
    Do what the ricers do when they debadge their cars-
    What the hell is a 'ricer'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenton58 View Post
    Doohickie wrote:
    What the hell is a 'ricer'?







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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenton58 View Post
    Doohickie wrote:
    What the hell is a 'ricer'?
    I just noticed your location.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ricer

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    Thanks for the education. Being an ocean away and not having been 'home' for years, one tends to fossilize when it comes to language. Here I was just calling them wankers. And there are lots of them making stupid noises.

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    Wow, I went through my ricer phase as a teen back in the '80s. Are there still people doing that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
    Wow, I went through my ricer phase as a teen back in the '80s. Are there still people doing that?
    Embarrassingly (as a society), yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    Do what the ricers do when they debadge their cars
    Hey! Some people are forced to debadge theirs cars. Apparently some American cars use less than permanently glue on vowels and I was left with a D_DGE NE_N. (And 'e's apparently aren't vowels....)
    Falling is learning...[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]...learn to not fall in a box.
    Any good American will watch THIS -and- WHERE WAS MY BIKE MADE?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenton58 View Post
    Thanks for the education. Being an ocean away and not having been 'home' for years, one tends to fossilize when it comes to language. Here I was just calling them wankers. And there are lots of them making stupid noises.


    The 2 names are interchangeable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by z415 View Post
    Hey! Some people are forced to debadge theirs cars. Apparently some American cars use less than permanently glue on vowels and I was left with a D_DGE NE_N. (And 'e's apparently aren't vowels....)
    When I took Driver's Education in high school, the training car was a brand-new Ford Tonino.
    Yes, on the fender, it had individual letters affixed that spell out T-O-N-I-N-O.
    And the American motor industry wondered why the Japanese got such a foothold in the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    When I took Driver's Education in high school, the training car was a brand-new Ford Tonino.
    Yes, on the fender, it had individual letters affixed that spell out T-O-N-I-N-O.
    And the American motor industry wondered why the Japanese got such a foothold in the market.

    A Ford Tonino might be a classic today. Like those messed up stamps that fetch a pretty penny.
    Falling is learning...[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]...learn to not fall in a box.
    Any good American will watch THIS -and- WHERE WAS MY BIKE MADE?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
    Wow, I went through my ricer phase as a teen back in the '80s. Are there still people doing that?
    Taken in 2002 in Philly. I walked by this car too many times to not take a picture to remember it.



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