I want to do a rattle-can paint-job on an old, Huffy frame. I'm having trouble removing the stickers that are on the top- and down-tubes. I'm talking here about the clear plastic stickers with the Huffy branding and logos, that have been there for probably a decade or more (the bike is a five-speed).
The stickers are above the paint, but they pretty much fall apart as I peel them. I have trouble catching an edge. When I do, I might only tear off a 1-inch long piece that is maybe 1/8" wide. At that rate, removing the stickers will take all winter.
I'm looking for other ideas. Is there some faster method for removing those stickers?
2003 Specialized Hardrock, 2004 LOOK KG386i, 2005 Iron Horse Warrior Expert, 2009 Pedal Force CX1, 2014 Islabikes CNOC 14 (son's)
Originally Posted by Jaen
I used a hair dryer and the edge of a credit card to remove the decals from my Litespeed. Using a razor may scratch the frame.
We're talking about a Huffy that's going to get a rattle can paint job I wasn't too concerned about scratching the frame when I replied. Done right though, a razor blade can be used without scratching the paint, but it's not for the faint of heart. A credit card or other plastic scraper will reduce the chances of scratching if that's a concern.
Heat. Yeah. Why didn't I think of that. I'll give it a try.
And Joe, you're right, no great worry about scratches. I'd prefer not to nick the metal in the frame, but it's a steel frame of some sort, and just a cheapy at that, so no big deal if it gets a nick here and there.
The back-story is that someone gifted me their old, Huffy, clunker. The bike was nonfunctional when I received it. I can get it running again with a good tear-down and rebuild, plus some new cables. So I'm doing that work for fun. But the paint-job is hideous, and the paint on the head-tube is flaking away. As long as I'm having fun, I figure I might as well have a go at changing the color.