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How can a decal be removed, and salvaged?


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#1 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 05:37 PM

Salvaged is the key word.
On the GT I'm working on now is a decal, That I'd really like to remove,
and preserve (in a picture frame).

Anyone have a tried and proven method to get it off with minimal damage?

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 05:48 PM

What you need is a steamer tool that they use to remove wall paper in houses.
Depending on the decal .. it will soften the adhesive so it can be removed.
I've used this method when restoring antique autos.
Unfortunately, it doesn't work on all decals.

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 06:46 PM

Is that a plastic foil decal or a paper one. I had a couple of small foil ones on my 74 MF8. They peeled right off without damage and I should be able to reuse them. I'm not sure about one that large. If it is foil perhaps trying to soften the adhesive around the edges with a mild solvent might loosen it.

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 06:51 PM

The labels and stickers that are on sinks and countertops..on some of the kitchens i remodel..are hard to get off..a call to the manufacter sez ...try peanut butter...might be worth a try...B,

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 07:06 PM

How about a heat gun ?

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 07:49 PM

How about a heat gun ?


Well, I was thnking that, but they usually deform and melt a bit.
Maybe heat from the back side?
I want to preserve this decal soooo much, that I've entertained the thought of
a new frame, and cutting the back off this frame.

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 08:00 PM

I would use a heat gun, if you keep it at the right distance you won't harm the decal and use a razor blade scraper and a lot of patience. I think you can get it all off in one piece.

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 08:08 PM

I have serious doubts about successfully removing it. If it were foil, I'd say easy enough done, but if not.......

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 08:13 PM

Well, I was thnking that, but they usually deform and melt a bit.
Maybe heat from the back side?
I want to preserve this decal soooo much, that I've entertained the thought of
a new frame, and cutting the back off this frame.


Why not take a high quality picture of it, and frame that.
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Posted May 06, 2011 - 08:39 PM

Why not take a high quality picture of it, and frame that.


That is a great idea :thumbs:

Could also do that and use it as a backup plan and try to remove the decal in one piece and if it doesn't work out you have the picture of it.

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 08:52 PM

Yes, for sure, I'll take a good pic of it first, and as a last resort, I'll have my decal guy repro it, but
the original framed, for the wife is my goal.:smilewink:

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 09:15 PM

What are the dimensions of the decal

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Posted May 07, 2011 - 08:21 AM

Well, I was thnking that, but they usually deform and melt a bit...


I would tend to agree, but as George said, the right distance away and you're gold, However there's not a lot of room for error!

Maybe heat from the back side?...


I think that's your best bet! Solvent might work, but then again, it might remove the ink also! Too big a risk if it's that important to you!

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Posted May 07, 2011 - 08:54 AM

The best bet is lots of heat from the back side with something like foaming glass cleaner sprayed on the decal to keep the decal itself cold. With luck, it may peel off once the metal & glue is hot enough. Even might use a propane torch so it heats the metal fast.

This is the method most glass shops use to remove inspection stickers from broken windshields without heave damage to them.
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Posted May 07, 2011 - 09:25 AM

Using a product like that citrus sticky stuff remover might do it. That stuff takes off glue and sap like it was nothing...can't remember the name of it though...




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