removing decals

JerboaJohn

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gett ing things ready to paint one bike's frame, and the other's forks and realized I can't just pull off the decals. so a heat gun but it leaves the sticky stuff. what do you use to get the gummy crap off but won't eat the paint?
 


FurryOnTheInside

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I use a bottle of "sticky stuff remover" to remove all types of sticky stuff from my bike frame. It's not dissimilar to carb cleaner but there's a few ingredients in there I think.
I wouldn't hesitate to use things I have at hand if I didn't have SSR.. lighter fluid and then clean up any residue with carb cleaner.. But someone might be able to tell you if thats unsafe. Try on a well hidden area? The original powder coat can be painted over anyway so idk how bad it can be.

(edit: carb cleaner not carbon cleaner. bloody autocorrect)
 
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JerboaJohn

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yeah I'm painting over the original coat, so just trying not get any low spots to avoid extra filling and sanding. bodywork isn't my forte,,
 

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If the bike is newer than mid-1990s it's not painted, it's powder coated. You can hit powder coat with damn near anything without hurting it. Lacquer thinner is my go-to solvent, takes just about everything off.
 

darwin

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2nd vote for WD40, works great on removing sticky stuff plus bugs and tar. Easy on the paint too.
 

JerboaJohn

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oh I never thought abt wd40 being good for that,, thanks guys! you're helping this project along great. I hope I can finish the bikes before it gets warm again and be ready to go rip
oh we have Goo Gone at work too. some guy was peeling up tape w/it.
 
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