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Old 02-07-05, 02:23 PM   #1
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removing logos

has anyone tried to remove the bike logo and pinstriping from your rigs? without damging the paint itself. My bike would be way cool without any markings from the factory. Its either this or strip the entire bike and go for a new paint job.
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Old 02-07-05, 03:02 PM   #2
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Depends if the decals are under clearcoat.
The clear coat can be removed and redone.

Look into custom car painting -clearcoats can be sanded and re -applied.

If the decals are not coated, Acetone. Be careful, toxic.
I've not done, IMO.
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Old 02-07-05, 08:58 PM   #3
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Yeh, I removed all my decals. Used my wife's hairdryer. When they got warmed up, they peeled off fairly easily. Of course, the other post is right. If they're under clearcoat, that's another situation.
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This is one thing I hate about bikes. They must have the largest advertising to space ratio than any other product. Its nuts. Why does the company name have to take up half my freaking bike?
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This is one thing I hate about bikes. They must have the largest advertising to space ratio than any other product. Its nuts. Why does the company name have to take up half my freaking bike?
Actually that distinction belongs to some jerseys, which have the company logo and color on the ENTIRE jersey.
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Just out of curiosity, how long does it take for the hair dryer to warm em up enough for them to peel off?
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Just out of curiosity, how long does it take for the hair dryer to warm em up enough for them to peel off?
An hour or so should do an entire bike assuming the logos are the vinyl stick-on variety. You might have to use something like Goo-Gone to remove the residual adhesive. I took the stickers off a set of Rolf wheels this winter. I think that they look so much better that it made me wonder why I waited for so long.
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Just out of curiosity, how long does it take for the hair dryer to warm em up enough for them to peel off?
A minute should get the process started. It's very easy. And fun!
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Vinyl sticker are no problem. But sometimes you'll have those clear stickers that leave most of the adhesive on the frame, and only the smooth plasticy stuff comes off.
I hate that. I've found Goo Gone to be lacking... What did work, was to take a piece of very tacky duct tape, place it over the sticker residue, smooth it down real good, and peel it back off. Repeat a few times. Usualy, the adhesive on the duct tape is stronger than the residue left on the frame, and the duct tape picks it up. It take a few tries, but to me it beats Goo Gone hands down.
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no clearcoat, and a wagner heat gun puckered and curled the decals on my Kurahara in under a minute No damage to paint at all.

Your mileage may vary.
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The hair dryer part is very important. I once took the "SPORT" stripes off of a used Ford Ranger I had bought. It was a hot day. I had a quart of goo-gone. I started on the shady side. Took 2hrs and 15 mins for the shady side. Moved to the sunny side, and it took 15 minutes.
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