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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:11 pm 
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What's the best way to remove the really brittle decals on bikes, not the vinyl ones that you can use a hairdryer on.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:52 pm 
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Dont know, but would label remover help?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:09 pm 
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Acetone (nail varnish remover...); I'm just guessing, never tried it??

Failing that, a heat gun??


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:11 pm 
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Probably still a hair dryer.
If that doesn't work it'll be a chemical thing so it's a case of finding out what will dissolve the glue but not the paint.
I'd start with panel wipe then white spirits then cellulose thinners, but be carefull as they can take a while to soak through and it may not be obvious its attacking the paint.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:24 pm 
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I forgot to mention its on a carbon (thermoplastic) frame, I might just leave it to the next owner!

Thanks anyway.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:37 pm 
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RPG? :shock: :shock:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:52 pm 
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Carge wrote:
RPG? :shock: :shock:


?

My favourite is the first option:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RPG


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:14 pm 
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Acetone should bring them off nice and easy, but before you use it make sure you try it on a part of the frame that is out of view to check it won't fetch the paint off at the same time


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:00 pm 
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I've used finger nails, credit cards and bizarrely the rounded edge of a flat bladed screwdriver, the latter carefully. Once you find the sweet spot, they come off easily. Try plastic cutlery too.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:37 pm 
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ishaw wrote:
I've used finger nails, credit cards and bizarrely the rounded edge of a flat bladed screwdriver, the latter carefully. Once you find the sweet spot, they come off easily. Try plastic cutlery too.


Good ideas, thanks!


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