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Old 02-17-2013, 08:24 AM   #1
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Removing registration decals from forks

I don't think there's a bike cleaning forum on here so I'll ask it here.

New to me GS has the registration stickers on the forks, TN doesn't do stickers. What's the best way to remove those stickers? I've spent about 5 min. on them and gotten no where. What's the trick? Heat? Solvent?

Maybe I should post this in the HD forum....
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:30 AM   #2
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Removing depends on the backing material...

While removing some ALUMINUM foil backed non-skid black material (sand like) from a LIFT I purchased over the weekend:

Option 1.
Tried a HEAT GUN and heated up one of the non-skid strips. The underlying adhesive partially melted and I was able to remove the strip. Left a residual quantity of 'adhesive'...NOT really removable with Goo-Gone, gasoline, or even a wire brush!

Option 2.
With a HEAT GUN...lifted just a corner of another strip...and then forcefully TUGGED at the strip to remove it. The entire strip released along with ALL of the adhesive on the back. There was NO residual adhesive left.
Note: Do not HEAT the entire strip...heat just enough so that you can get a hold of something to TUG with.

I had to cut the original strip into manageable size strips...6" wide...to be able to TUG to remove it. Any bigger...it would have been impossible.

Recommendation:
If you have ALUMINUM foil backed graphics/surfaces that you want to remove...try the TUG method.

If you have NON-ALUMINUM backed graphics/surface...the HEAT GUN/Goo-Gone might work better.

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Old 02-17-2013, 09:59 AM   #3
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Ya, I have the adhesive on my fork and nothing seems to touch it.
Not sure what the states that do this are thinking with regards to adhesive but it sucks.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:09 AM   #4
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Option 2.
With a HEAT GUN...lifted just a corner of another strip...and then forcefully TUGGED at the strip to remove it. The entire strip released along with ALL of the adhesive on the back. There was NO residual adhesive left.
Note: Do not HEAT the entire strip...heat just enough so that you can get a hold of something to TUG with.
That's not really an option with the state decals though, those things are designed to tear up if someone trys to steal them for another vehicle. I already tried scraping/pulling on them, they came off in pieces the size of a pencil lead.... would take a lt of effort to remove the whole thing that way.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:58 AM   #5
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try a scotch bright pad and glue remover
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:02 AM   #6
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Found a bunch of answers on Google. Plastic razor blades came up. Lighter fluid goo gone WD40 and heat.



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Old 02-17-2013, 04:01 PM   #7
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Never heard of plastic razor blades, thanks. I've been using plastic putty knifes, left a little bit to be desired.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:15 PM   #8
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decal and adhesive remover

Best stuff i have ever used is aircraft decal and adheseve remover. Get it at autozone for sure but have seen it at other auto parts stores
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:41 PM   #9
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As luck would have it, I just finished removing the residue of mine. The dealer had applied it over the previous year's sticker and it never adhered very well, though the 2011 sticker sure did!

I used the heat gun to get the plastic off, then removed the residue with what I had on hand: Nev R Dul. Five minutes of very gentle rubbing removed every trace.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:06 PM   #10
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To Stick or Not To Stick

In my semi-retirement job I often have to remove stickers and such. I usually do it in steps: 1) Alcohol. If that doesn't work. 2) WD40. If that doesn't work. 3) Lacquer thinner. If that doesn't work. 4) Industrial Graffiti Remover. If that doesn't work. 5) Very Hot Soapy Water and scraping with an old credit card.

I've never had to use a heat gun. Most of the things I'm removing stickers from are a bit delicate and wouldn't stand up to a heat gun. Hey, if it was easy to do they wouldn't call me!

BTW, be careful with items 3 and 4. They might damage the product.

Happy ungluing.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:40 PM   #11
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Once you get them off, if you need to put more on, try this:



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Old 02-17-2013, 05:58 PM   #12
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Once you get them off, if you need to put more on, try this:



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My dealer did the "sticker tag" and I didn't even need to ask. Thank goodness for Morton's in Freddieburg.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:04 PM   #13
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Morton's just slapped mine on. . ..

Guess I looked like a fork guy.

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Old 02-17-2013, 06:58 PM   #14
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The plastic blade works well on delicate surfaces but you still must be careful. So far as the adhesive, I found that Motul Wash n Wax cuts through most gunk. I have also used ATF to remove the sticky foam that wheel weights leave behind. The ATF has a lot of detergents and is petrol based. After the adhesive is removed the area can be washed with soap and water.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:59 PM   #15
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My dealer did the "sticker tag" and I didn't even need to ask. Thank goodness for Morton's in Freddieburg.
Morton's put the decal plates on my bikes, too. Had to pay a few bucks, though. Maybe they're free for new bikes purchased there.
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