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At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

#1 2011-02-02 4:17pm

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At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

I don't know if anyone else has tried this or posted it. If so, my apologies.  Since I've been on here I haven't seen this mothod so here it goes.  It's a real simple chemical that everyone has FREE access to. What is it you ask?
BOILING WATER!  Since boiling water and steam pretty much clean everything I figured, what the heck.  I didn't want to sit around with a hair dryer or heat gun and whittle away at the decal with a knife for 4 hours.  In fact, in reality I didn't care if the decals came off all in one piece but...
Here is what I started with...
http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac156/YankeeJim1/IMG_1342.jpg

Real simple here, poured boiling water SLOWLY over there decal...
http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac156/YankeeJim1/IMG_1343.jpg

I GENTLY started one corner with a knife and...VIOLA!  They peeled right off in about 10 seconds...
http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac156/YankeeJim1/IMG_1344.jpg

I hit them with a little GooGone to remove some residue...
http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac156/YankeeJim1/IMG_1347.jpg

And BLING! BLING! There you go.
http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac156/YankeeJim1/IMG_1346.jpg
http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac156/YankeeJim1/IMG_1345.jpg

Now the disclaimer. After you pour the boiling water on the decal, the bike is FREAKIN HOT!  Remember it's BOILING WATER.  Be very careful.
I hope this helps someone who wants to keep old decals for re-pops.  Again, if this has already been posted my apologies.big_smile


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#2 2011-02-02 4:58pm

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

Nicely done sir! I'll try this out myself sometime. cool

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#3 2011-02-02 5:53pm

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Yes , realy nice!!cool
I will try it also myself.

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#4 2011-02-02 6:02pm

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cool hint i will remember for next time i do decals


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#5 2011-02-02 6:05pm

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

Very cool, beats my belt sander on low method.

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#6 2011-02-02 7:03pm

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

Really cool methoid, plain and simple.  Did you notice any shrinkage or warping of the decal?  I guess it wouldn't matter if you were just removing them because you didn't want them anymore, but it would be of concern if the decals were going to be reproduced.

Thanks for sharing! smile

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#7 2011-02-02 7:05pm

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

electrongeek wrote:

Really cool methoid, plain and simple.  Did you notice any shrinkage or warping of the decal?  I guess it wouldn't matter if you were just removing them because you didn't want them anymore, but it would be of concern if the decals were going to be reproduced.

Thanks for sharing! smile

Nope, no shrinking on the ones I did here. The one that looks the better of the two kind of rolled up. But as you can see, it just unrolled and stuck to the counter.


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#8 2011-02-03 8:24am

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Yor decals are chrome decals, they will never shrink on that method.
If you have clear/white pvc decals than they can shrink, but just a bit not realy to mention.
You should be carefull when you like to keep them to make repros from them.
Never pull hardly on the decal, when there are hot ,there are like chewinggum and getting larger.
Make sure you have a plain metalpiece or plasticpiece where you can place them softly.
Than you can scan them into the computer.

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#9 2011-02-03 8:29am

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

Very cool! I don't think I'd have ever thought of this - thanks for sharing it!


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#10 2011-02-03 11:37am

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if only i had seen this a coupla hours ago... roll nice job


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#11 2011-02-03 2:20pm

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

What a great idea!  I can't wait to try it too.

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#12 2011-02-03 4:46pm

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

Oldschooldude72 wrote:

Yor decals are chrome decals, they will never shrink on that method.
If you have clear/white pvc decals than they can shrink, but just a bit not realy to mention.
You should be carefull when you like to keep them to make repros from them.
Never pull hardly on the decal, when there are hot ,there are like chewinggum and getting larger.
Make sure you have a plain metalpiece or plasticpiece where you can place them softly.
Than you can scan them into the computer.

Oldschooldude72 makes a good point. The decals I did this on were chrome type decals.  Probably want to go REAL slow doing clear/white pvc decals to keep shrinkage to a minimum.


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#13 2011-02-03 6:20pm

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

wired wrote:

What a great idea!  I can't wait to try it too.

+1!  Never even thought about that method.  Good job!  big_smile

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#14 2011-02-03 6:54pm

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

I think the best idea to test it would be to find a piece of spraybombed metal with a pvc sticker on it (where the sticker is for years on it).
I was already looking for something in my cellar but didnt found anything yet, what i can use for the test.
Also what you have to know about stickers, is that every company who is making stickerfoil, having differend glue on it.
From the more than 10 years of working as screenprinter I can sing you a song from that.wink
So dont be sad if it is not giving you the result you like to have.
When the sticker was over years in the sun ,it can be that the foil became chapped and the glue can be getting to dry to absorb the water.
On weekend i will stick deeper in the caos of my cellar to find something to use for the test and let you know what happen.
Untill that time dont try to destroy your good decals.wink

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#15 2011-02-03 7:22pm

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

Well, I broke down and pulled out another project I had laying around and tried the boiling water method on a white pvc decal.  It pulled off as easy as pie. In fact, in my case, it came off easier than the chrome/foil ones!wink


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#16 2011-02-03 7:30pm

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

Good to hear that!!!
Tomorrow morning i will take a hot shower with my bike.lol

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#17 2011-02-05 10:53am

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

Today i tryed YankeeJim`s method with clear decals from my Haro Master.
It pulled off also very easy but the decals wraped.
Good thing was, that no glue remained on the decal.
I took some clear sheet of stickerfoil without heavy working glue on it.
Fixed the decals and pressed everything back on the carrierfoil with a squeegee.
Now there are ready to scan.

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#18 2011-02-11 11:50am

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

Wanna see something funny I just stumbled across?  I read this original thread last June and never even saw this one liner... tongue

Removing Old Stickers from Chrome Frame?
http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=239211

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Boil some water and poor the water over the stichers and it will come right off.I just did this on my 1990 gt performer but cant get the glue off the chrome.

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#19 2011-02-11 3:07pm

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Haha nice!!!
But good thing is, that YankeeJim was posting it, cause i have not the time to read every post here on the forum.

Thanks Jim.

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#20 2011-05-11 12:13am

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

Hell yeah! This is perfect! Can't wait to strip my 440's off tomorrow and polish the crap out of it.... THANKS! Great method! big_smile


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#21 2011-07-31 11:51am

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

I have to bump this.  About a year ago I used a hair dryer on a 1" sq decal... took about a half hour to remove because i wanted to re-apply it, so i wanted to be careful.  The other day, I used boiling water on a f/f set and removed everything in a little over an hour - and the decals came off in better shape than the hair dryer, even though i didn't care about these.  This is THE way to remove decals.  Thanks again, YankeeJim!  Great idea!


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#22 2011-10-17 6:12pm

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

marking to try this cool

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#23 2011-11-26 10:50am

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

would the steam from a kettle or teapot work? I'd rather use that that pouring water all over the place

looking to remove the stickers from my DB 24 complete


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#24 2011-11-26 11:20am

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

For smaller parts I just set them in the sink and poured away. I usually set frames in the bath tub.  It also takes away a lot of the other debris. Mud, dust, ick in general. smile

I supposed you could try steam.  I know they make that little hand held steam cleaner.  I think it's called the Shark or something like that. I figured that would work real well and also clean.


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#25 2011-11-26 4:44pm

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Re: At last! The great elixer for removing stickers & keeping them intact!

yeah this is a brand new frame that I've already put together


guess they are brand new stickers...


not like I'm really loosing a rare sticker


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