ditching the decals...
Good afternoon all,
I've got a 2007 Bianchi Pista (the steel/chrome one) and I am trying to find out how to remove the decals so as to make my bike a little less conspicuous. But these don't seem to be easy to remove. Has anyone removed the decals on a Pista or know how to do so? I'm concerned that the frame, despite being steel and unpainted, will still be clear coated.
I'm assuming I'm going to need much more than just a razor blade to get rid of these stickers. If anyone can help, it would be much appreciated.
I have removed decals in the past by using a hair dryer.
Heat the decal until the glue becomes soft, then using a corner of a thin blade, pry up the corner of the decal and S L O W L Y peel off the decal, heating as you go. Be mindful, the decal can get hot.
You can then use WD40 to remove any glue residue left behind.
Are you sure Bianchi uses decals?
The name might be *Silk-Screened*, and therefore part of the paint?
yeah, the Bianchi uses decals....though they might have been baked on as it took me forever to get them off and I don't know sh#t about the finishing process the company uses to prevent rust and weathering on their frames. In the end I took to it with a razor blade and a lot of elbow grease. Once i had got the stickers off, i re-sprayed the exposed areas with an enamel clear coat to re-seal the bare metal. The bike looks a little worse for wear but that's cool as I live in a fairly dodgy suburb and have already lost a couple of much better looking bikes, so the more beaten and unloved my pride and joy looks the better I feel about locking it up out front of the library :)
They are under a clear coat. There is a good how to thread in the fixed gear forum if you search around.
a little decal politics
One thing to consider before ditching the decals is the reaction you'll get -- I had no idea of this before I did it! If you follow my experience, there's a very good chance that fully half the avid cyclists / local bike store employees you encounter will assume you're buying stolen equipment that has been disguised (whether they assume you've just removed the brand or repainted.) Never mind that you can show them the perfectly in-tact serial number on your BB, not to mention have a receipt on bike-store letterhead in a drawer somewhere! You can get a lot of flak before you convince them.
I had a beautiful clear coated frame, with the ugliest powder-blue and banana-yellow decals applied right over top. They peeled right off, but wouldn't go back on, of course. Strangely, I have the same above-the-clearcoat thing on a bike I just bought, ten years later and a different brand. I don't want the hassle from peeling them, no matter how tempted I've been.
I'm curious, has anyone else who's removed their decals ever had this problem?
the decals on your pista WERE under the clear coat. if you took all the clear coat off, you need to re-apply. that's bare metal being exposed right now.