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Decal removal

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09-13-2001 08:01:14

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Some time ago there was a thread about decal removal without paint damage. One of the responses was to use a heat gun (like used for electronic heat shrink tubing) to heat the decal to soften the adhesive to remove it. I've used a heat gun to remove labels from things other than tractors and it does work pretty well. I tried to remove a gas tank decal from my F-20 last night and I can tell you that IT DOESN'T WORK. When the decal is on metal the metal acts as a heat sink and the adhesive separates from the decal and NOT the surface it is applied to. I had a @#$%^ of a time removing the rest of the adhesive with solvent. I don't know what I would do differently next time but I certainly won't use a heat gun. Maybe this will save someone else some frustration. Brian P.S. God Bless America.

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09-13-2001 15:49:23

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 Re: decal removal in reply to brianh, 09-13-2001 08:01:14  
Brian,,,"Eastwood Co" makes a disk that is to used for removing tape stripes, etc., from painted surfaces, without damaging the paint. Haven't tried it for myself, but what the heck.

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Red Dave

09-13-2001 09:39:30

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 Re: decal removal in reply to brianh, 09-13-2001 08:01:14  
I've done it several times myself and it works just fine for me. But then, my heat gun gets hot enough to bring up the paint too if you aren't careful. In fact it's made to use for paint removal.
Did you use a heat gun, or a hair dryer? Some hair dryers might not deliver enough heat.

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09-13-2001 11:05:55

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 Re: Re: decal removal in reply to Red Dave, 09-13-2001 09:39:30  
I used a 1200W Master heat gun, and that thing gets hot enough to burn you pretty bad if you're not careful. I can't see you getting the metal hot enough to separate the adhesive with a hot air heat gun from the front side. The decal I was removing was only about five years old, though, so it had modern adhesive. I was changing it because gas had leaked out around the gas cap due to a bad gasket and had leached out the decals. Maybe old decals with aged adhesive will come off OK with the heat gun method. ?????

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Red Dave

09-13-2001 11:29:33

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 Re: Re: Re: decal removal in reply to brianh, 09-13-2001 11:05:55  
I've done it with newer and older decals and it seemed like the older they were the tougher the adhesive was underneath. I don't know why it doesn't work for you. I haven't tried to take one off of a gas tank though. Could the gas be carrying away your heat? Scary thought! I'm not sure I would put much heat on a gas tank. Maybe you should go to an autobody supply and ask for decal remover. I've heard of it, but I haven't used it so I don't know who makes it or how it is used.

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09-13-2001 18:02:19

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: decal removal in reply to Red Dave, 09-13-2001 11:29:33  
It's called aircraft paint stripper and is sold in most auto parts stores. I know that John Deere sells something like this and I would suspect that a CaseIH dealer does too.

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