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How do I replace decals without harming finish?

Old 04-21-10, 03:00 PM
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How do I replace decals without harming finish?

I want to replace flaking decals on a powder coated Rich Adams frame. The decals are not clear coated. How can I remove the decals without damaging or fading the powder coat. I have done a search but found no specific info for a powder coated frame. Will a hair dryer or citrus remover work?

Also, is there a way to refinish or refurbish the look of a powder coated frame? Wash & wax or is there something else?

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Automotive carb cleaner (Chemtool B-12) will remove the decal. It will also take factory paint off if you leave it on too long or splash it. It will destroy cheapo/rattlecan paint. Be forewarned!
It worked OK on my '80's Pugs but they had factory paint on them- don't know about other brands.
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I've had good luck with GooGone and a plastic scraper.

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Hair dryer heat or VERY careful use of a shop heat gun will soften up the decal adhesive enough to make them easier to peel off. then hit it with the goo-gone, mineral spirits or even WD40 to clean up any residue left on the powder coating. You can even leave the bike frame out in the summer sun for a while and it will help out too peel of the decals.

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+1 best advice.
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. . . assuming that the decals are vinyl film. If they're solvent-applied, then heat won't do a lot, unless it's too much heat for the paint.
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I thought he made it pretty clear that it's powder coated.
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Originally Posted by Charles Wahl
. . . assuming that the decals are vinyl film. If they're solvent-applied, then heat won't do a lot, unless it's too much heat for the paint.
Yes, the tip to use heat is best for adhesive backed decals. If they are water transfers, I heard that some of the mild nail polish removers might work. I know guys who remove tampo painted markings and decals from diecast models successfully with nail polish remover (I think there are water based versions?), but you have to be careful not to overdo it with the stuff....always test fisrt on an inconspicuous area. but you could also just try to gently flake off water transfers with a plastic scraper if they are old and dried out enough.

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nail polish remover works great and should not harm the paint
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duct tape over decals. rip off.

think of someone getting a waxing. same ripping motion.

works perfectly for removing decals that are not under a clear coat.

I have done this successfully with two frames. Both Surlys which are powdercoated & have decals w/o clearcoat. removal with duct tape was 100x easier than scraping.
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