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Old 11-03-06, 10:00 AM
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Safest way to remove decals?

I've been searching for a safe way to remove my decals - I have a '99 Trek 2500 and the decals are starting to peel. I'd much rather just remove the ones that are peeling. Some of the other ones have 'chips' in them - sections that have been nicked out, although none of the outside edge of the decal has peeled.

I found this thread:
http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in...p/t-72111.html

Although it does not seem to help much for a painted bike with clear coat... I've been told to use lighter fluid, and I have Goo-Off (Much more liquid than Goo-Gone, Lowe's sells it) but I'm too afraid it will dull the paint and ruin the clear coat to use it.

Any suggestions?
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Old 11-03-06, 10:13 AM
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Hair dryer...

http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php...ght=hair+dryer
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Old 11-03-06, 11:29 AM
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So far two links to the same, or very similar threads...

Just seeking clarification (even though I have no experience either way)...

You mention "a painted bike with clear coat" does this mean that the clear coat is over the decals? If so, my guess is that you will not find an easy way to remove the decals... But then again, I wouldn't expect the decals to be peeling if they are under a clearcoat...

If the clearcoat is under the decals, I wouldn't expect any issues with the hair dryer approach.
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Old 11-03-06, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by aadhils
I figure a hair dryer should be fine to get them off, but my main concern is removing the goop without destroying the paint/clear coat - the Goo-Off smells potent and I'd hate to ruin my bike...

Originally Posted by Little Darwin
So far two links to the same, or very similar threads...

Just seeking clarification (even though I have no experience either way)...

You mention "a painted bike with clear coat" does this mean that the clear coat is over the decals? If so, my guess is that you will not find an easy way to remove the decals... But then again, I wouldn't expect the decals to be peeling if they are under a clearcoat...

If the clearcoat is under the decals, I wouldn't expect any issues with the hair dryer approach.
The decals are above the clear coat... I'm going to try the hair dryer approach and hopefully figure out a solution to dissolve the goop left behind.
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You can get an "eraser" attachment for a drill at an autobody supply store. It attaches to the drill and you simply erase the decals. I used them all the time as an autobody painter to remove stickers, vinyl pinstripes and residue from mouldings. Never so much as left a scratch! Goof off should not damage your paint assuming it is urethane. Most newer bikes are. I would suggest rubbing it on a unseen are first to see if it softens you paint.
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Old 11-03-06, 02:34 PM
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Go to the local automotive store and buy a can of decal and adhesive remover. It comes in an aerosal can, and with it the sticky goo just wipes off. It and a hairdryer, I was able to peel the pin-stripe off my car with no problem.

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Old 11-03-06, 08:02 PM
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Mayonnaise (Smear it on the sticky stuff and after a half hour, wipe it off)
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WD40 will also take that adhesive right off.
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Goo Gone!

it won't damage the paint, i've used it to clean Coke off my bike plenty of times...
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I think there are different types of Goo Gone. Some is stronger than others. Best bet is to read the label and maybe test it on a part of the paint that will not show.
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Originally Posted by Mariner Fan
Best bet is to read the label and maybe test it on a part of the paint that will not show.
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As posted before...wd-40 works great. Shouldn't harm your paint at all.
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Margarine(oleo) works well too.......
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Hair dryer is best; leaves no goo.

Remember, the clear coat is on top of the decal, so when you remove the decal the clear coat just comes with it.

Most manufacturers do a clear coat before and after the decals are applied, so all you need to do is polish the exposed area lightly with rubbing compound (or similar) to blend the edges.

I've done it MANY times and it always looks good.
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