Removing old decals

Discussion in 'Painting, Welding, Bending and Gas Tanks' started by alesterfeind, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. alesterfeind

    alesterfeind Guest

    I want to remove some old factory decals on my bike frame, which is a chrome frame. I was thinking to use something like Goof Off, or possibly a solvent like thinner. Anyone have any suggestions or experience with this?

  2. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    a heat gun or blow drier to start (heat softens the adhesive)
    then goof-off to get rid of residual glue
    should be all you need
  3. PiousPedals

    PiousPedals Guest

    You should be able to use just about anything on chrome... if it's plating is heavy enough, not many solvents should damage it... Try Goof-off, it works fine usually, if the sticky goo is really stubborn try a little lighter fluid... It's a bit oily and doesn't tend to evaporate as quickly as thinner, makes quick work of sticky goo... But be careful, I've seen lighter fluid damage painted surfaces and some cheapy rubbers and plastics... Word to the wise... always find a test spot!
  4. alesterfeind

    alesterfeind Guest

    Hair Dryer

    I guess my wife does know other uses for the hair dryer after all. haha I will probably start with that, and then the Goof Off. I figured the chrome finish would be safe compared to painted surface, so I could probably try several things without too much worry. Thanks for the suggestions.
  5. reclaimer

    reclaimer Guest

    I recently took the stickers off my polished alumminum frame. They had been on there 10+ years. I just started the edge of them with my finger nail. Then cleaned the glue off with mothers mag & alumminum polish. You wouldnt even know they where ever there.
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  6. wavygravy

    wavygravy Guest

    wd 40, soak it it over nite then pull it off!
  7. alesterfeind

    alesterfeind Guest

    I removed them last night. Even though they must have been on there for years, they pulled off in fairly large pieces. Goof Off got the adhesive off pretty easily. Looks very nice now. Thanks.