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  • Member since
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  • From: Long Beach, CA
decal removal
Posted by pathvet9 on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 5:56 PM

Just got some new decals from Greece and am wanting to remove ones that I already place on my M907 TOW.

What is best? I tried windex and alcohol but they seem stubborn.

Cheers, Jake

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 6:48 PM

Just get some Blu Tack.  What I do is pull off a little blob of Blu Tack, roll it into a ball, and then just repeatedly dab at the decal I want to remove until it comes off.  That way you don't have to use liquids like Windex or alcohol which can both damage your paint.

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 7:09 PM

Tape usually works great from removing decals, both wanted and unwanted. The tackier the tape, the better that it usually removes decals.

 

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  • Member since
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  • From: Long Beach, CA
Posted by pathvet9 on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 7:21 PM

Carlos - thanks for the tip. I must have put a coat of Dullcote over them as the tape is not effective. Next I will try Goo-Gone, and then at last resort, paint off with lacquer thinner

Cheers, Jake

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 7:27 PM

...or you could try the Blu Tack.  Whistling  The repeated dabbing with it will pull them off, even when there is dullcote or other clear coat over it.

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 9:17 PM

Use scotch tape, but only on the decals. I will pull them, sealed or not.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 9:26 AM

Jake, I've had tape pull up decals that were already sealed with a top coat. It was quite unintentional. On purpose, it's works better if you burnish the tape down, and as said above, scotch tape works better. At least in my experience. 
I'd suggest using a wooden toothpick to scratch the decals off before trying goo gone or especially lacquer thinner. If your paint is a good brand, it should be able to withstand the toothpick.

Jake, old friend, how do you always happen to have this sort of event ocur during a project? Surprise

 

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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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  • Member since
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  • From: Long Beach, CA
Posted by pathvet9 on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 10:03 AM

Carlos - it's called "planning", a talent that I tend to lack    Tongue TiedWhistling

Cheers, Jake

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