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Tank decal removal

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I would like to be able to peel these off, adhesive and all, in one easy pull expending zero effort!

these are on tight, put some propane heat on a corner and top surface comes off with effort but leaves majority of thickness and adhesive behind. 

does anyone have a process that makes removal a snap? I would like to be able to peel these off, adhesive and all, in one easy pull expending zero effort!

these are on tight, put some propane heat on a corner and top surface comes off with effort but leaves majority of thickness and adhesive behind. 

does anyone have a process that makes removal a snap?
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Replied by asco on topic Tank decal removal

Advise against using heat near a fuel tank.

Just warm in the sun and peel.

It’s a two part process to remove the decals and then use lacquer thinner or acetone to remove the residue.

You will absolutely need to re paint in any event. 

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Replied by loner on topic Tank decal removal

I had a fuel tank on a 1980 Honda 900 custom. Removed decals with WD40 where a break in the decal was and clear coat was absent and warmed by the sun.
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Replied by Sneezles61 on topic Tank decal removal

Maybe applicable... Use to remove formica tops that were contact glued on, with Lacquer thinner... wouldn't take much..
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Replied by msavitt on topic Tank decal removal

Thanks all. 

no way the sun or WD40 is going to remove mine, I’ve tried and they are tight. I will try lacquer thinner, hopefully that works.  
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Replied by MarkT on topic Tank decal removal

Adhesive on those stands up to gasoline so doubt anything short of something that removes paint will touch them.

Heat was probably the best chance but super tricky to get hot enough but not too hot.
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Replied by ksours on topic Tank decal removal

Are you going to repaint the tank? If so then paint stripper is your best bet. Let it sit twice as long as recommended. If you do not paint the tank then the paint under the decal will be brighter than the rest of the tank and you may have some work ahead of you polishing.
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Replied by msavitt on topic Tank decal removal

Hello gentlemen - yes I plan to repaint Yamaha Competition Yellow to match the original color scheme and the bi**hing DC plastics I bought.  This decal is tough....ever try to saw a block of nylon?? it is that tough.  So I think I will baste it in paint remover...will post some pics too, which will be incredibly exciting and action-packed!  If I didn't need a smooth surface I would run one of those spiked wallpaper remover poke holes so it penetrates gizmos over it!
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Replied by MarkT on topic Tank decal removal

Scoring with a razor blade or something is probably a good idea if using a chemical remover. 

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Okay, this was not easy but I am almost “there”, taking about 20 reps of paint remover. I am going to take my sweet time getting this baby smooth, working my way up to 1500 grit…does that make sense?  I am very paint insecure so all advice appreciated. 

since I ended up at bare metal on the aesthetically important surfaces I plan to prime with etching primer made by manufacturer for this paint. Then I paint.  After I paint I want to clear coat with this amazing glamour stuff. My question is, do I clear coat then apply decals then reclearcoat, or do I apply clear coat after applying decals over paint?

thanks for your help, painting is not my thing and I want to do a terrific job!


  Okay, this was not easy but I am almost “there”, taking about 20 reps of paint remover. I am going to take my sweet time getting this baby smooth, working my way up to 1500 grit…does that make sense?  I am very paint insecure so all advice appreciated. 

since I ended up at bare metal on the aesthetically important surfaces I plan to prime with etching primer made by manufacturer for this paint. Then I paint.  After I paint I want to clear coat with this amazing glamour stuff. My question is, do I clear coat then apply decals then reclearcoat, or do I apply clear coat after applying decals over paint?

thanks for your help, painting is not my thing and I want to do a terrific job!

 
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