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    Removing decals?

    I have a KHS frame from which I'd like to remove the decals. Anyone know a good method? I removed the decals from a surly frame by scraping them off with a credit card - no damage to the paint. But the KHS frame is a little different.
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    heat guns have always worked for me.

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    There is a product called Goo-Gone. Orange based solvent that works quite well.
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    Goo-Gone seconded. Rubbing alcohol will also work. Most decals are fairly solit, and don't rip too much when you peel them, but you are left with residue that needs to be removed. I use fingernails to get them started on the bikes that I've removed decals from.

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    i used a cotton swab soaked in nail polish remover to coat the decals first. then peeled them with my fingernail, and used goo gone to get rid of any residue that was left over.

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    Hmmm...I used Goo Gone type product on my DIY painted frame to remove some adhesive residue left over from my home made stickers and it ended up stripping my paint!
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    just yesterday i stripped most of the decals off my new frame, my method was to just pick them off (time consuming) and then use T Cut to remove the sticky residue. worked a treat, and because T Cut is a car paint cleaning solution it brought the frame to a nice shine....
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    I tend to use Zippo fluid for the residue.

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    Yea.. but what if the decals are clearcoated over? I think that this is what yuppie has.
    I would also like to know how to get decals off from under clearcoat.

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    i searched google, and i found <a href="http://forums.ebay.com/db1/thread.jsp?forum=36&thread=410082659&start=1&msRange=">this</a>.

    im gonna look for the 3m product. my friend pointed out that they probably make a lot of the decals that go on stuff, so they would be the authority on removing em.

    anyone else have an experience and/or recommendation?

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    i use a razor blade and goo gone

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    My buddy the_loin also has a KHS and did the same. Paging the_loin! paging the_loin!
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    Silicon spray works surprizingly well and does not effect the paint at all. As far as cleared over decals, the only way to get them off is some sand blasting and repainting unfortunately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by polytoxic
    Silicon spray works surprizingly well and does not effect the paint at all. As far as cleared over decals, the only way to get them off is some sand blasting and repainting unfortunately.
    Yes! Motorex silicon lube works fine. Heat guns are great, too. Paint stripper is nasty stuff, but you need it to remove a clearcoat, if necessary
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    I have a KHS too and didn't really have much luck trying to remove mine. It just started to get messy so I did the urban electrical tape wrap. Looks more spiffy now.

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    To remove decals on a frame with clear over them you need some 1500 wet sandpaper. Keep soaking the sandpaper in a mix of dish soap and water sanding lightly to just remove the clearcoat and decal.
    After the decal is removed you can buff the paint to a nice shine again with a light compound and wax. Just be careful not to sand to much finish off or you will end up with bare metal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Arms
    To remove decals on a frame with clear over them you need some 1500 wet sandpaper. Keep soaking the sandpaper in a mix of dish soap and water sanding lightly to just remove the clearcoat and decal.
    After the decal is removed you can buff the paint to a nice shine again with a light compound and wax. Just be careful not to sand to much finish off or you will end up with bare metal.

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    I would be careful when doing this. With this method you are removing the clear coat and the decal. That said, if you want the decal to be gone, you will have to remove the clear coat.

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    Well I thought that was his question, he wants to remove the decal under the clearcoat. How can you remove the decal and not the clearcoat ? From my experience the best way to remove the decal under the clearcoat is to remove the clearcoat and decal together. You would be left with the paint which can be polished back to a nice shine that would match the rest of the bike.
    The clearcoat over the decal is added to protect the decal.

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    Removed the decals on mine today. Easy enough to get under the clear and decal with a piece of hard plastic. What was left, though, was a "clear coat ridge" in the shape of the decals. Not too noticable, but bugs me. I'll be wet sanding those edges and re-clearing. This is prolly the best option left for me.

    I was happy to find out that the clear over the decals was most likely an afterthought. It was very thin over the decals and easy to start them to peeling.

    Nothing like a frame that's the color it was intended to be!

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    Where do you get clearcoat and how do you apply it? I've been looking for it but to no avail so far.
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    Here is how I did it with mine. I used a hair dryer (heat gun would be even better). I then removed residue with lighter fluid. This will make you faster. See you on Clark.
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    ...seen jeremy's in person and it looks real cool. jeff

    Quote Originally Posted by jst
    Here is how I did it with mine. I used a hair dryer (heat gun would be even better). I then removed residue with lighter fluid. This will make you faster. See you on Clark.

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