View Full Version : Advice needed: Removing stickers/decals
30-03-05, 06:47 PM
Just got an imported Alto Works and there are plenty of stickers that are badly sun-faded and also not-representative of the model (decals are from the car one year later). I want to remove the stickers without damaging anything.
Four of the stickers i want to get rid of are on the panels, and one on the (plastic) front bar. Part of some of the stickers had come off already leaving a little gunk, some selleys cut and polish did the job nicely on those bits, but the stickers still remain. The car is a flat white and theres no metallic paint in there anywhere, and i would still like to keep the area looking nice.
There's also a sticker which says "POWER STEERING" when the car blatantly does not have it.
Try a heat gun on low to moderate heat. That should soften the glues and they should come off easily but be careful not to burn the paint or heat it that much that it softens and comes away with the stickers.
like ct said.
i bought a panel shops delivery van a few years ago and it had advertising all over it. the heat gun works well but make sure that the paint is the original.
on one door as i pulled the sticker off the paint came with it probably because it had been badly repaired.
whats an imported alto works look like, post a photo :)
31-03-05, 05:57 PM
Yes, i know it needs new wheels!
clean the residue off with eucalyptus oil.
31-03-05, 08:54 PM
Will eucalyptus oil do anything to the paint itself? I wouldnt want to use it on the plastic parts for sure.
nope, it's an oil not a solvent so it shouldn't affect anything except rubber.
Yeah another vote for the eucalyptus oil...used it on plastic book and DVD covers to remove the residue from price tags etc and never had a problem.
Heat gently with the heat gun and be patient when you are coaxing the stickesr off. Some can be stubborn if they have been there a long time.
Cheers , Pete.
01-04-05, 06:30 AM
A sticker shop will have a rubber kind of wheel on a grinder or die grinder that rubs the stickers off if the heat and euca oil fails you. When the paint is hot it is VERY easy to scratch it up so take it easy.
I always use prepsol to get the goo off...but you need to wash it off after youve finished & put a bit of polish on...it strips the lot off.
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