So, you've just purchased a wonderful new bicycle and love everything about it - except for the gaudy decals that serve no purpose other than to make your ride a prime target for theft. Not to worry, removing them is a simple process that will take less than an hour of your time.

Step 1: Apply Heat to Loosen Adhesive

Using a heat gun or hairdryer, apply heat to the decal to loosen the adhesive.
<p>What I do is scrape the decal off with a scraper (or a knife) then remove the little remaining crusties and adhesive with brake/parts cleaner and a rag. Nothing like it for speed, and if you are careful with the scaper, nothing like it for finish.</p>
Sweet post. Needed to get an idea how to remove old devals as just ordered some reflective decals on ebay. my bike's going to look siiickk...
What if I don't have a heat gun or hairdryer
<p>repainting not reprinting... I give up! Lol</p>
<p>gloves not grooves... DYAC</p>
<p>Hey, if you do not have a heat gun or hairdryer you can zap a wet rag in the microwave to warm it up. Or make it hot &amp; use grooves to wrap it around the decal &amp; soften it. 3M makes a good adhesive &amp; wax remover/spray but that can sometimes remove paint so I would only use it if you plan on reprinting it. </p><p>Hope that was helpful.</p><p>Cheers!</p>
A further thing to note, the decals on Surly bicycles are made to be easily removed. When I purchsed a Surly frame I was able to remove all decals with just an old bank card.
U said one direction lol
Nice Post regarding removing decals and stickers from a bicycle. <br> <br>It appears the bicycle did not have a clear coat of lacquer on it, which made removing the decal quite easy. I would also suggest a plastic razor blade to do the job (there are video demo&rsquo;s at www.decalstickerremover.com). The plastic razor blade won&rsquo;t damage the surface &ndash; unlike a metal razor blade <br> <br>If the bicycle does have a clear coat lacquer on it, there this would need to be peeled back before removing the decal (sticker) from the bicycle. The downside of this is the lacquer is a sealant that protects the bicycle frame from rust. If you bike is a nice new shiny model, I would recommend re-applying a lacquer, otherwise the frame might start to corrode in wet or damp weather <br> <br>Keep up the good posts <br>Regards, <br>Peter <br>
Nice. Always wanted to do this but assumed I'd leave a bunch of scratch marks on the frame.

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