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Old 04-28-06, 11:01 AM   #1
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removing lettering from bulletproof cranks

sorry if this has been discussed before. i used the search function but grew weary.

at any rate, can it be done? i'd prefer a non-chemical method, but i'm willing to do what it takes.
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Try a very fine steel wool.
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i thought about that, but was afraid that if i eff it up, well, then that's pretty much that.
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Old 04-28-06, 11:11 AM   #4
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You could try a soft cloth and toothpaste. I've never used it on metal, but I have taken silkscreens off of plastic with it without leaving any real noticeable scratches.
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I did it successfully with a razor and exacto-knife. I think I used goo gone or alchohol too to help with the residue. I forget, it was a loong time ago.
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Try using acetone first. I accidentally removed the Deda logo from my steel bars with acetone while cleaning off tape adhesive. I don't know if it will work on crank logos, but it's worth a shot.
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Old 04-28-06, 11:32 AM   #7
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when i had those, i just permanent silver markered over the logo. worked well enough
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ride 100 miles and you'll scuff them off with your feet.
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They come off pretty easily -- my old roommate has those on his bike and he just used rubbing alcohol I think -- something that was around the house, nothing special. I forgot what though. Shouldn't be too hard.
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acetone. AKA fingernail polish remover. done.
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