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Decals: Best way to remove?

How have you guys removed your decals?
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Use a blow dryer or heat gun to lightly warm the surface and the decal, then slowly peel off.
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Sorry E-nigma but I'd stick with a hair dryer alone......but only because heat guns get so bloody hot and can destroy paint in inexperienced hands......It's a cautionary tale.

Hair-blow dryers take a wee bit longer but the paint will survive.


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Heat guns are good, but if not used properly will damage the bike. A hair dryer is best, and having the bike in the sun is also a plus. For the sticky residue if any, I suggest WD40 and a rag ! Don't use goof off !!

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Heat guns are good, but if not used properly will damage the bike. A hair dryer is best, and having the bike in the sun is also a plus. For the sticky residue if any, I suggest WD40 and a rag ! Don't use goof off !!
hey Andreas,

I did use WD-40 but, What's the scoop on Goof-off?
I had no idea it was a risky product.


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hey Andreas,

I did use WD-40 but, What's the scoop on Goof-off?
I had no idea it was a risky product.
Goof off will fade plastics. I used it on my bike and there's a somewhat faded spot now. It may be ok to use on painted surfaces, but you should test that theory on a neighbors vehicle

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WD-40 is very easy on the finish. Goof Off is much more likely to remove some of the fnish or dull it due to the ethers and alcohol used in it. The primary component of WD-40 is fish oil. Supposedly, you could swallow it and it wouldn't hurt you but I don't think I'll be the first to try it.
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The best adhesive remover I have ever used is by 3M. It will take off any gummy substance and not do any damage. I believe I bought this at Auto Zone. I always follow up with another wipe down with alchohol.

Of course first, use a hair dryer or a heat gun to take the decal off. Use the 3M stuff to clean up any residue.

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The things ya learn here at the 'Forum'!!!

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Stagehand38...............I'm of the same view about the Versys.

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Plus 1 on the 3M adhesive remover. Used it for years, I buy it in quart cans in the auto refinishing area at Steves Wholesale Tools. Probably available wherever car refinishing stuff is sold.
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razor blade + goo gone works, too. easy on paint.

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Sides are PLASTIC, NEVER use a razor blade on that. I used a Heat gun and patience and had the stickers gone in 10 minutes. I used goo-gone to make sure all the adhesive was off.

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Sides are PLASTIC, NEVER use a razor blade on that.
already done, months ago. not for the faint of heart (or those with allergies).

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Blow dryer and WD-40 for me. Worked great and quick.

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Blow dryer and WD-40 for me. Worked great and quick.
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two things probably everybody has and rather difficult to do unwanted damage
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I removed one sticker (dealer) and kept the Kawasaki sticker:

I covered the sticker that I wanted to keep with paper and masking take to shield it from the heat

I used a blow-dryer and I peeled the dealer sticker, it came apart but the process was still easy.

After that I cleaned with Isoprolyl alcool

Took a few minutes

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i use goo-be-gone and a drivers lic.
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A DA with 80 grit!

Well ya' didn't say it had to be pretty when you were done!

Uhh....Puppy urine works great, too! Specifically Labrador or Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Assuming you want the finish unharmed, no sharp or for that matter dull objects including drivers licenses or credit cards, they all will mar the finish. No solvents that attack the finish. Be really careful and do not rush.

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Damn, I have a mutt. Was wondering why it didn't work, now I know.

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