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Posted July 03, 2013 - 08:03 PM

I have a tractor im working on. I would like to remove the old decals. Unfortunately they are stuck on there pretty good still. Any ideas? Thanks  

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Posted July 03, 2013 - 08:12 PM

Heat gun and a plastic squeegee type thing like you use with window tint film.  There is also some stuff made by 3M and others that soften them up  but  be careful because some times it will eat paint.  So test in a hidden spot first if you go that route.

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Posted July 03, 2013 - 08:16 PM

I second everything Jack said.





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Posted July 03, 2013 - 09:20 PM

The wife bought me a rummage sale hand held hair dryer. (Told me to quit using hers). A little heat and they usually peel right off. Then I use GOO-Gone to clean off the residual glue.   Rick

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Posted July 03, 2013 - 09:40 PM

Good information guys!



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Posted July 04, 2013 - 12:34 AM

Yeah Heat, but times just the outer layer comes off and leaves a gooey mess behind. I have used Laquer thinner on some surfaces with good paint, but you have to test. Goo Gone sounds like a try to use.  Most times you will still see where the decals were, cause finish is like new under or it has raised the paint if old and rest of tractor is rusty or faded. Even hard to sand all that out when you are trying to paint it.

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Posted July 04, 2013 - 04:26 AM

I use a propane torch myself, the decal will blister and crack, then it comes right off.
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Posted July 04, 2013 - 06:13 AM

Heat gun from the back side. If you're careful, and not too hot, you can

peel the whole thing off in one piece. As said, Goo-Gone is good for any

left over glue.

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Posted July 04, 2013 - 10:00 AM

At the truck shop, we have a gum rubber wheel that fits on a drill, it rubs the decal off and doesn't hurt the paint a bit. Sometimes there's a little bit of glue left, but some orange cleaner product will take it right off.

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Posted July 04, 2013 - 10:08 AM

Heat gun from the back side. If you're careful, and not too hot, you can

peel the whole thing off in one piece. As said, Goo-Gone is good for any

left over glue.


I agree with Will, always works best using heatgun to the back side.  It releases the decal without causing the decal to tear or melt.

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Posted July 04, 2013 - 11:17 AM

I guess it is unclear if you are saving the old decals, or it they are coming off to be replaced.

A good hair dryer in lieu of a heat gun will work, but take longer. I agree on the heat the backside approach if trying to save them.
HF used to sell red plastic "razor" blades. They were nice for stuff like this, but they quit carrying them.

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Posted July 04, 2013 - 09:31 PM

I have heated decals with a hairdryer, and then scraped the decals off with a sharpened plastic clothespin. The clothespin won't dig into the surface you are working on, as the plastic won't get as sharp as metal, but yet sharp enough to get the job done.




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Posted May 07, 2014 - 05:48 AM

I've used a propane torch to remove decals from metal parts, 

but I'm reluctant to try this with a fiberglass hood.  Would hair dryer on low or medium

heat do the deed without damaging the fiberglass?