TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames  RSS Feed

#1 2012-10-23 11:43am

Traci Overlords
Centurion Member
From: Killumbus, Ohio
Registered: 2011-08-15
Posts: 241
Bikes: 2

TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

I read some threads on removing stickers and the tough residue they leave behind on chrome frames, but nothing seemed to be definitive.  So, I did some research outside of the BXMMuseum forum and I cobbled together the follow process. 

Sorry, no time for photos.

Supplies:

  • 3-Pack of Scotch-Brite "Dobie" Pads
  • Can of WD-40
  • Old Socks, or Strips of Cotton Fabric
  • Simple Green
  • Water
  • A Pot and Stove

Step 1:  Removing Stickers
Boil a pot of water and pour it on the stickers.  The will peel off very easily.  Pour slowly and evenly so you get even coverage.  Be careful as the frame will be hot to the touch, obviously.

Step 2:  Soak Residue
Take strips of clean cotton fabric—in my case I used socks—and soak them with WD-40 and tie them around the parts of the frame where sticker residue has been left.  Let sit for 30 minutes.

Step 3: Remove Residue
Remove the socks, or fabric from the section you want to work on.  Take a Scotch-Brite "Dobie" pad and cup the frame section with residue and twist.  Use the frame as leverage so that the frame section moves back and forth against the Dobie pad.  Scrub until there is no more residue.  Use a little WD-40 directly on residue if needed.

Step 4:  Clean Frame
Clean up with water and some Simple Green and you're good to go.


***WANTED***

>>>black Schwinn Scrambler sprocket guard w/ bolts<<<

Offline

 

#2 2012-10-23 11:49am

mongoosefreak
BMXer 4 Life
Registered: 2010-03-05
Posts: 4678

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

Or You can use a heat gun,or blow dryer and peal the stickers right of then use a rag and some Goo Gone and be done with everything in about 10 minutes and the chrome will look perfect....

Offline

 

#3 2012-10-23 3:19pm

AApro
Banned
From: NC
Registered: 2012-09-09
Posts: 716

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

mongoosefreak wrote:

Or You can use a heat gun,or blow dryer and peal the stickers right of then use a rag and some Goo Gone and be done with everything in about 10 minutes and the chrome will look perfect....

i made a huge mistake and used googone to remove a sticker on my aluminum frame, and it took the frame clearcoat right off sad

Offline

 

#4 2012-10-23 3:20pm

AApro
Banned
From: NC
Registered: 2012-09-09
Posts: 716

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

so yea a hair dryer would be safer

Offline

 

#5 2012-10-23 6:22pm

squirrelsmith
Pro MemberLoves Naked Animated Girls!
From: Brier, WA
Registered: 2008-05-28
Posts: 7832
Bikes: 1
For Sale

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

acetone takes the residue off well

Last edited by squirrelsmith (2012-10-23 6:22pm)

Offline

 

#6 2012-10-23 6:38pm

AApro
Banned
From: NC
Registered: 2012-09-09
Posts: 716

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

good idea Thanks

squirrelsmith wrote:

acetone takes the residue off well

Offline

 

#7 2012-10-23 7:53pm

ProThunder4
Pro Member
From: Alexandria, VA
Registered: 2011-09-22
Posts: 1275
Bikes: 9
For Sale

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

I used natural style peanut butter for the bike shop stickers on my chrome '97 Fueler.  It works great for the paper stickers, several of which had been applied to this particular bike.  Apply, wait about five to ten minutes until the oil soaks through, and just rub the mess off with a shop rag.  It polishes up the chrome nicely as well. 

I'm guessing it probably would not work so well on plastic decals, however.


Marshall W. "Major" Taylor, one of America's greatest bicycle racers, on succeeding in sport and life: Don't try to "gyp." Don't be a pie biter. Don't keep late hours. Don't use intoxicants. Don't be a big bluffer. Don't eat cheap candies. Don't get a swelled head. Don't use tobacco in any form. Don't fail to live a clean life. Don't forget to play the game fair. Don't take an unfair advantage of an opponent. Don't forget the practice of good sportsmanship.

Online

 

#8 2012-10-23 8:57pm

GhettoBMXstar
Centurion Member
From: Lexington, KY
Registered: 2012-01-24
Posts: 230

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

Get a can on cheap can of brake clean for three dollars at your local auto parts store. Spray the cleaner on the rag, & wipe away. watch residue fall off...


Burp.

Offline

 

#9 2012-10-24 5:50pm

GT Performer Phene
Member
From: Cleveland, OH
Registered: 2012-10-06
Posts: 66

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

I tried a using some Goo Gone that my wife had laying around the house for my mid 90's V ertigo and it didn't get all the residue off. My question is, can I use the brake fluid on a painted frame? The paint is pretty good and I don't want to powder coat that bike. Please, LMK...

Offline

 

#10 2012-10-24 6:13pm

houndog
Pro MemberMuseum Addict
From: Columbus, OH
Registered: 2010-08-13
Posts: 1985
Bikes: 18
For Sale

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

Traci Overlords wrote:

I read some threads on removing stickers and the tough residue they leave behind on chrome frames, but nothing seemed to be definitive.  So, I did some research outside of the BXMMuseum forum and I cobbled together the follow process. 

Sorry, no time for photos.

Supplies:

  • 3-Pack of Scotch-Brite "Dobie" Pads
  • Can of WD-40
  • Old Socks, or Strips of Cotton Fabric
  • Simple Green
  • Water
  • A Pot and Stove

Step 1:  Removing Stickers
Boil a pot of water and pour it on the stickers.  The will peel off very easily.  Pour slowly and evenly so you get even coverage.  Be careful as the frame will be hot to the touch, obviously.

Step 2:  Soak Residue
Take strips of clean cotton fabric—in my case I used socks—and soak them with WD-40 and tie them around the parts of the frame where sticker residue has been left.  Let sit for 30 minutes.

Step 3: Remove Residue
Remove the socks, or fabric from the section you want to work on.  Take a Scotch-Brite "Dobie" pad and cup the frame section with residue and twist.  Use the frame as leverage so that the frame section moves back and forth against the Dobie pad.  Scrub until there is no more residue.  Use a little WD-40 directly on residue if needed.

Step 4:  Clean Frame
Clean up with water and some Simple Green and you're good to go.

Good stuff man.  Thanks for posting

Offline

 

#11 2012-10-25 4:40am

SARON81
Pro Member
From: Edgewood, MD
Registered: 2009-10-13
Posts: 1326
Bikes: 1
For Sale

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

GT Performer Phene wrote:

I tried a using some Goo Gone that my wife had laying around the house for my mid 90's V ertigo and it didn't get all the residue off. My question is, can I use the brake fluid on a painted frame? The paint is pretty good and I don't want to powder coat that bike. Please, LMK...

I wouldn't. brake fluid will eat most paints off.

Offline

 

#12 2012-10-25 7:17am

changachump
Pro MemberMikey likes it
From: Tyngsboro, MA
Registered: 2009-03-30
Posts: 2335
Bikes: 4
For Sale

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

SARON81 wrote:

GT Performer Phene wrote:

I tried a using some Goo Gone that my wife had laying around the house for my mid 90's V ertigo and it didn't get all the residue off. My question is, can I use the brake fluid on a painted frame? The paint is pretty good and I don't want to powder coat that bike. Please, LMK...

I wouldn't. brake fluid will eat most paints off.

+1
Brake fluid will damage paint. I polka dotted someones
car once by applying brake fluid to several slices of bologna
and slapping them all over. When the bologna was peeled
off the next morning... mad mad mad   lol


[img]http://i689.photobucket.com/albums/vv257/mohara1212/ta.jpg[/img]
Confucius say "Man with hole in pocket feel cocky all day"
"Fear can hold you prisoner, hope can set you free."

Offline

 

#13 2012-10-25 7:28am

72ss454
Pro MemberRETIRED SKATEBOARD COLLECTOR
From: Cullman, AL
Registered: 2010-08-26
Posts: 4601
For Sale

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

Lighter fluid works well on painted frames.


Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

Offline

 

#14 2012-10-25 7:33am

SARON81
Pro Member
From: Edgewood, MD
Registered: 2009-10-13
Posts: 1326
Bikes: 1
For Sale

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

changachump wrote:

Brake fluid will damage paint. I polka dotted someones
car once by applying brake fluid to several slices of bologna
and slapping them all over. When the bologna was peeled
off the next morning... mad mad mad   lol

Awesomeness. lol

Last edited by SARON81 (2012-10-25 7:34am)

Offline

 

#15 2012-10-25 10:17am

astroidbeltwalker
Museum Addict
From: loan shark
Registered: 2011-10-07
Posts: 2746
Bikes: 1
Website

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

i'll be needing a technique...


they live, we sleep
Wtb pro class frame or F/f
Wtb bullseye 1st gen crank 175,177,180

Offline

 

#16 2012-10-25 12:26pm

thand72
Pro MemberAuburn Hoarder
From: Ontario
Registered: 2011-02-26
Posts: 1465
Bikes: 10
For Sale

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

72ss454 wrote:

Lighter fluid works well on painted frames.

+1 I use it all the time and works great.


Looking for GT Power Series 180mm non-drive crank arm.
"The key to the future is found only in the past." - SSS. Greatest band ever.

Do it for the passion, not the profit.

Offline

 

#17 2012-10-25 4:22pm

GT Performer Phene
Member
From: Cleveland, OH
Registered: 2012-10-06
Posts: 66

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

Cool, thanks guys. I will work on it this weekend. What kind of scrub pads you guys use for painted frames?

Offline

 

#18 2012-10-25 4:44pm

Homeslice
Pro Member
From: WV, USA
Registered: 2012-08-19
Posts: 270
Bikes: 2
For Sale

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

I got the residue off of my Vertigo frame with laquer thinner. Just apply to a rag and wipe. don't pour directly on the frame. Didn't harm the factory finish.


Building my grail...and I'm gonna RIDE that bitch!!!!

Offline

 

#19 2012-10-26 9:08am

darkian
Member
Registered: 2012-08-20
Posts: 71
Bikes: 6

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

I think it depends on the finish. Some hard chrome will be ok, but on my brand new Sunday frame I rubbed too hard in a few places and the finish went. Also I think some chrome frames have a lacquer and some don't (the real mirror finish), but I may be wrong. I guess it's best to always test somewhere like under the bottom bracket.

Offline

 

#20 2012-10-26 6:22pm

Brad4130
For Sale Restricted
Registered: 2012-08-15
Posts: 170
Bikes: 1

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

Razor blade
Green medical rag
Acetone

- cut stickers off with razor blade until almost nothing is left .
Soak rag in Acetone
Wipe frame down until clean


Looking for : 48 spoke TNT hubs !!!

Offline

 

#21 2012-10-26 6:23pm

Brad4130
For Sale Restricted
Registered: 2012-08-15
Posts: 170
Bikes: 1

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

squirrelsmith wrote:

acetone takes the residue off well

Bingo
Winner , winner , chicken dinner !!!


Looking for : 48 spoke TNT hubs !!!

Offline

 

#22 2012-10-26 6:53pm

BritUS
Pro Member
From: Maine
Registered: 2011-04-18
Posts: 995
For Sale

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

Use the wifes nail polish remover. Take what you can off with a razor blade - not a 'sharpish' butter knife or an old screw driver or putty knife - but a razor blade with a new blade. Very lightly cut down the frame taking off thin strips at a time.

Then use a cloth - not a paper 'cloth' but a real cloth, and apply nail varnish remover. Leave, rub and apply some more....have patience.

This isnt something to do in the morning between getting the little angels to brush their teeth and putting their shoes on to get to the end of the road in 5 seconds....hmmhmm

Oh yeah this is for a chrome frame NOT a painted one...your on your own there...

Last edited by BritUS (2012-10-26 6:54pm)


The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.

Offline

 

#23 2012-10-26 7:08pm

cowboy
Museum Newbie
Registered: 2009-04-10
Posts: 13
Bikes: 3

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

Heat the decal up with a blow dryer first and you can usually eliminate the use of a razor blade or knife.

Offline

 

#24 2012-12-09 2:44am

Telboy
Centurion Member
Registered: 2012-07-19
Posts: 212
Bikes: 1

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

changachump wrote:

SARON81 wrote:

GT Performer Phene wrote:

I tried a using some Goo Gone that my wife had laying around the house for my mid 90's V ertigo and it didn't get all the residue off. My question is, can I use the brake fluid on a painted frame? The paint is pretty good and I don't want to powder coat that bike. Please, LMK...

I wouldn't. brake fluid will eat most paints off.

+1
Brake fluid will damage paint. I polka dotted someones
car once by applying brake fluid to several slices of bologna
and slapping them all over. When the bologna was peeled
off the next morning... mad mad mad   lol

lmao:lol:   wonder if it would work on the ex wifes FACE, come to think of it - i guess anything will be an improvement:P

Offline

 

#25 2012-12-09 2:46am

Telboy
Centurion Member
Registered: 2012-07-19
Posts: 212
Bikes: 1

Re: TECHNIQUE: Removing Stickers and Residue from Chrome Frames

great post btw.... more top qual info. smile

Offline

 

Board footer