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    Dumb question to ask..?

    I recently acquired a vintage Bridgestone road bike, and I am in the process of sanding it down & such to paint it. But the thing is, the decals are hard to get off. After all, they've been cooked in the sun for 15 years... Ive tried rubbing alcohol, acetone, and even peeling them off by hand... none of them have worked out well so far...

    If anybody could provide any insight on this, it would be greatly appreciated

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    Camden

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    Steel or Aluminum frame? Use a chemical paint stripper suitable for the material (i.e. no caustic if it's aluminum) and that will take everything off.

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    If your sanding it down, sanding over them will take them off.
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    Steel frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by That Fixie Kid View Post
    Steel frame
    Sand away. 320 grit wet-or-dry paper will take anything off.
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    don't know how far into this project you've gone. But original decals are always best.
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    I had good results with a hair dryer

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    Quote Originally Posted by max5480 View Post
    don't know how far into this project you've gone. But original decals are always best.
    True dat. However, since the OP implied he had already started the process of removing the paint, I thought better of berating him over ruining an intact original paint-and-decal job.

    FWIW: Long ago I took a couple bike frames to an auto parts machine shop. They hot-tanked the parts, which dissolved all of the paint down to bare metal. No effort, cleaned the nooks and crannies, and it was very cheap- $10 or so.
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