Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Bicycle Mechanics
Reload this Page >

Removing stick-on chain-stay protectors

Notices
Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

Removing stick-on chain-stay protectors

Old 05-08-19, 09:48 PM
  #1  
arex
Abuse Magnet
Thread Starter
 
arex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,663

Bikes: '91 Mtn Tek Vertical, '74 Raleigh Sports, '72 Raleigh Twenty, '84 Univega Gran Turismo, '09 Surly Karate Monkey, '92 Burley Rock-n-Roll

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 4 Posts
Removing stick-on chain-stay protectors

I'm working on building up a ten-year-old powdercoated MTB frame, bought used. The previous owner saw fit to apply what I think are chain-stay protectors (the tough stick-on label kind) to the seat stays...I'm guessing to protect them from something the PO was doing with the bike.

These things are really stuck on there. I've tried peeling them off, but tiny bits break loose, and I can't get a good peel started. The adhesive is stronger than the material, I think. I carefully tried a heat gun to loosen up the adhesive, but had no luck there...I didn't want to damage the powdercoating, so I probably wasn't getting it warm enough.

The stickers are not really hurting anything, but they just look kind of shabby. What are my options for removing them? I'm hoping to find a method more efficient than picking them off, speck by speck.

arex is offline  
Old 05-09-19, 05:37 AM
  #2  
mixteup 
Senior Member
 
mixteup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: NW Florida
Posts: 368

Bikes: A Few

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 149 Post(s)
Liked 24 Times in 16 Posts
Heat is the only way I can think of - Then clean up the glue with paint thinner.
If you can't get it hot enough, I don't know what to say.

I've worked on boats a lot, and they sell these rubber wheels (To put in a drill), to remove old registration numbers, stripes, etc, and they work pretty well - They just sort of "erase" the stick on numbers.
But that's on polyester gel coat, on a fiberglass hull - I don't know about powder coat, but it might work, especially if you can compound it afterwards.

This is like the ones I've used :
https://www.amazon.com/Whizzy-Wheel-...J4TKCBEX31P2AF
__________________
We are confronted by insurmountable opportunities ........
Pogo

Last edited by mixteup; 05-09-19 at 07:21 AM.
mixteup is offline  
Old 05-09-19, 09:41 AM
  #3  
Crankycrank
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 1,364
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 193 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 18 Times in 11 Posts
Slowly pour boiling water over it so it gets nice and hot and scrape off with an old credit card or plastic scraper. Powdercoatings are usually safe up to 300 deg.F. Also Odorless Mineral Spirits, Kerosene, Goof Off, WD-40, etc., all help to remove the residue.

Last edited by Crankycrank; 05-09-19 at 09:48 AM.
Crankycrank is offline  
Old 05-09-19, 09:51 AM
  #4  
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 41,396

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 188 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6921 Post(s)
Liked 246 Times in 204 Posts
3M , the adhesive maker also makes an adhesive solvent as well ..
fietsbob is offline  
Old 05-09-19, 02:55 PM
  #5  
phughes
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,210
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 257 Post(s)
Liked 36 Times in 28 Posts
Heat it with a hair dryer, or carefully with a heat gun. You can also try WD-40, if you have some, instead of rushing out to buy the 3M adhesive solvent already mentioned. WD-40 will sometimes soften the adhesive enough to scrape off the sticker.
phughes is offline  
Old 05-10-19, 12:14 PM
  #6  
frankenmike 
mechanically sound
 
frankenmike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Dover, NH
Posts: 1,496

Bikes: Indy Fab steel deluxe, Aventon cordoba, S-works stumpy fsr, Masi vincere, 92 Hardrock commuter, Dahon mu uno, Outcast 29

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 44 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 7 Posts
WD40 and an old credit card worked on the dealer sticker on my car, when nothing else would.
__________________
frankenmike is offline  
Old 05-10-19, 01:33 PM
  #7  
Racing Dan
Senior Member
 
Racing Dan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 1,329
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 765 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 15 Times in 13 Posts
I just removed the stickers from my wheels. Gently peeling as much as possible, then remove glue residue with paint thinner.
Racing Dan is offline  
Old 05-10-19, 02:34 PM
  #8  
sdmc530
Heft On Wheels
 
sdmc530's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 2,133

Bikes: Specialized,Cannondale

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 572 Post(s)
Liked 108 Times in 82 Posts
heat and wd40 I think work the best, get it warm, and use the wd40 to get rid of the leftovers. takes time but usually gets the job done.
sdmc530 is offline  
Old 05-10-19, 04:44 PM
  #9  
3alarmer
******
 
3alarmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Big Tomato
Posts: 17,564

Bikes: old ones

Mentioned: 243 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15345 Post(s)
Liked 228 Times in 198 Posts
...heat gun and a plastic (not metal) scraper from Home Depot in the paint department.
Finish up with some sort of solvent like acetone, since it's powdercoat. Don't drip the acetone on anything rubber or plastic.
3alarmer is offline  
Old 05-10-19, 08:52 PM
  #10  
arex
Abuse Magnet
Thread Starter
 
arex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,663

Bikes: '91 Mtn Tek Vertical, '74 Raleigh Sports, '72 Raleigh Twenty, '84 Univega Gran Turismo, '09 Surly Karate Monkey, '92 Burley Rock-n-Roll

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 4 Posts
Well, I'm impressed.

I had to get it hot enough for the sticker to discolor before the glue was soft enough to scrape off...the sticker got so soft, it still only came off a bit at a time. However, it came off a lot easier hot than cold. After some diligent scraping and reheating and scraping again, I got one of them off, and then cleaned up with paint thinner.

The powdercoat? In perfect condition...no wrinkling, gouges, or discoloration. Looks beautiful. I knew PC was durable, but as hot as I was getting it, I honestly thought it was going to get damaged.

Thanks for the advice...did the trick. Now for the other one.

Last edited by arex; 05-10-19 at 08:57 PM.
arex is offline  
Likes For arex:
Old 05-12-19, 12:42 PM
  #11  
BobFishell
Senior Member
 
BobFishell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Chicago area, IL
Posts: 61

Bikes: 1990 Klein Quantum, 1995 Klein Quantum Pro, 1997 Klein Pulse Comp, Cannondale 3.0 (junk box build - year unknown)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
Liked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Goo Gone. Takes off stickers and leaves paint intact. The trick is keeping it in contact with the thing you want off. Wrap the stay with a couple of layers of paper towels and soak them. Come back in 15 minutes and use a stiff nylon brush to remove the sticker.
BobFishell is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Chesterton
Bicycle Mechanics
14
03-07-15 03:45 PM
totops1
Bicycle Mechanics
13
05-04-14 07:37 AM
jjhabbs
Classic & Vintage
4
02-29-12 12:16 PM
Dan333SP
Bicycle Mechanics
3
01-11-12 01:07 PM
auchencrow
Classic & Vintage
20
04-25-11 06:10 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.