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How can a decal be removed, and salvaged?


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#16 caseguy OFFLINE  

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Posted May 07, 2011 - 07:32 PM

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...


GooGone is one of them, and Goof Off is another that I've used. Both are great at removing the glues or adhesives, but I'd test a spot first because like many other solvents, citrus oil can remove the ink as well. Citrus oil also dissolves some plastics!

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Posted May 07, 2011 - 11:22 PM

Thats a very neat decal hope u can save it, good LUCK

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Posted May 08, 2011 - 01:15 AM

If that is a plastic decal, I would be very careful with heat even from the back. Could deform it. You could use another pair of hands so you can be taking it off as the heat is applied. If you had a similar type of decal on something else, you could practice on it.

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Posted May 08, 2011 - 07:57 AM

In my honest opinion, the only way to safely save that decal is to cover over it with a thin metal plate, then plasma cut the back end out of the frame. Plasma cuts so fast that the metal doesn't get very hot at all. Cutting near the edge of the rear plate will keep the decal area no more than warm to the touch. You can buy metal every day to replace it, but that decals is not replaceable at all.
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Posted May 08, 2011 - 08:19 AM

Hmmm, Plasma cutter.
Finally a reason to get one.

I had been toying with the idea of finding a replacement frame, but that's a pile of wrenching.
I would have then torched the back off, staying ahead of the bends. Then I would've cut the decal area out on the metal bandsaw.

I like the plasma idea. That sounds like a controlled landing.

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Posted May 08, 2011 - 08:25 AM

Hmmm, Plasma cutter.
Finally a reason to get one.


Oh , you are smooth! LOL Get a good one if you do buy. Cheaper ones are just that. I have a Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 50 and absolutely love it. With some extras it cost me right at $1500, but well spent!

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Posted May 08, 2011 - 08:28 AM

IMO for what ever it's worth that decal needs to stay right where it is and the tractor preserved as an original survivor.
I think if you try to remove it any other way than cutting the metal around it you will ruin it.

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Posted May 08, 2011 - 09:44 AM

I think that stuff is called "Goo-Gone". It would definately that the glue off.

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Posted May 08, 2011 - 01:12 PM

IMO for what ever it's worth that decal needs to stay right where it is and the tractor preserved as an original survivor.
I think if you try to remove it any other way than cutting the metal around it you will ruin it.


Yep Doug that's how this will pan out.
I'd sorta lost sight about keeping it as a survivor. I guess the idea of a new tool (plasma cutter) got me all excited.

My sister inlaw is a photographer, and I'll just have to settle for a top quality picture framed.
If I "knew" it could be salvaged, I'd do it, but I'm just not going to chance it. I'll be inside always anyways.

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Posted May 15, 2011 - 09:08 PM

Well, that decal is history, so if you want a picture of it, save it to your
hard drive from this thread.

I had the frame hanging off the bucket of the David Brown, and was gently
pressure washing, trying to avoid "THAT" decal.

Someone came up behind me, and as I turned to see why they yelled, I hit the
decal. Not even high pressure. Maybe 500psi.
It wouldn't have lived anyways. It just blew to bits and pcs.

And that's how you remove a decal and "not" salvage it.

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Posted May 15, 2011 - 09:18 PM

Murphy's law strikes again, sorry to here I know you really wanted to save that decal.

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Posted May 15, 2011 - 09:18 PM

Sorry to hear that Sherwood! Hope the picture turns out good.

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Posted May 15, 2011 - 09:19 PM

Sorry to hear that it is lost. At least you have a picture of it.
Maybe you could get some dimensions from what's left and have a replacement made.
Would be a cool piece restored with a sticker back on it.

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Posted May 16, 2011 - 05:59 AM

Sorry to hear this. But at least you know it wouldn't have survived removing it. Hope you got some dimensions of it.

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Posted May 16, 2011 - 07:34 AM

Your distraction wasn't named Maynard G Krebs was it ? A double reference :bigrofl: Or was it another chippie? Again ,sorry . Maybe we need a thread on old decals and dealer labels.




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