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#1 rustyoldjunk OFFLINE  

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Posted May 07, 2013 - 11:03 PM

What is the best way to remove paint from decals without harming the decal ?



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Posted May 07, 2013 - 11:17 PM

 Nothing easy, as most solvents strong enough to remove paint, will also harm decal. I would start with a little paint thinner, nail polish remover, and go real easy on the rubbing. (q-tips are good for small items)

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Posted May 07, 2013 - 11:26 PM

I have taken a little WD 40, spray a fine mist on it, then lightly start scubbing the paint off.

 

Don't use carb cleaner! It erases the print.


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Posted May 08, 2013 - 07:46 AM

 

Don't use carb cleaner! It erases the print.

 

 

I learned this a little to late


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Posted May 08, 2013 - 12:20 PM

Go over them lightly with polishing compound, unless the paint is thick and you can't see the color of the decal at all. If this is the case, go with the WD-40 as mentioned above to get off the worst. When you can start to see the color of the decal, then go with the polishing compound. (LIGHTLY!!!!) Do not press hard, as you may remove the coloring or lettering from the decal. All depends on the quality of the decal manufacturer.
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Posted May 08, 2013 - 08:29 PM

Thanks guys for the tips so far. I have a tractor that i originally got with the intention of trading off but it has grown on me and i would like to make it look a little better. Someone painted decals and all.


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Posted May 11, 2013 - 09:14 PM

I had good luck with a little bit of acetone on a rag cleaning paint off the headlight panel decal of my 149 yesterday. I didn't use very much or rub too hard. I started with paint thinner but it was very slow.

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Posted May 15, 2013 - 09:03 PM

If its a latex based paint, denatured alcohol will remove it without harming the decal...but I'd clean the decal with mild soap and water afterwards.


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