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Old 10-19-09, 05:53 AM   #1
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Removing stickers -- how?

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?
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Razor blade plus some heat. A hair dryer will do the trick.
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Razor

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.
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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.
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heat is your friend and then goo gone to get off any left over residue, but beware goo gone has been known to strip paint so wash off any access.
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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.
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