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post #1 of 10 Old 08-03-2010, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Question Decals removed with paint stripper?

Ok, I'm in the middle of repainting my KLR. All of the decals are coming off fairly easily except for the ones on the tank. I've tried every product out there - including simple WD40 - but the decals are just chipping and it's taking FOREVER.

So the question is: When I remove the tank, let it dry, and apply the paint stripper, will it remove the decals as well? Is this an acceptable way of doing it?

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Is it clear coated over?




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If you're using paint stripper, yes the stickers will come off with the paint.
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Lockjaw: It IS clear coated over.

Now, if it does come off with the paint stripper, is it going to be a bigger mess than if I take it off before I take the paint off?

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I'd just strip it down. Getting those decals off is going to be brutal. If not impossible.




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Ok. Fair enough. I only have x amount of patience anyway.

I'll just wait until I strip the paint off and hope the decals come off fairly easily (without too much of a mess) at that point as well.

Thanks for the help/advice guys/gals.

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Word. It'll go great. Just take your time and don't inhale the fumes. Unless that's your thing.




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did ya get it done?

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Ok, I'm in the middle of repainting my KLR. All of the decals are coming off fairly easily except for the ones on the tank. I've tried every product out there - including simple WD40 - but the decals are just chipping and it's taking FOREVER.

So the question is: When I remove the tank, let it dry, and apply the paint stripper, will it remove the decals as well? Is this an acceptable way of doing it?

Thanks.
ZIP_STRIP aircraft paint stripper,,,,will remove,,paint,,decals,,,clear coat,,and your hairpiece if needed. It will eat right down to the metal,,,no sanding required!
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ZIP_STRIP aircraft paint stripper,,,,will remove,,paint,,decals,,,clear coat,,and your hairpiece if needed. It will eat right down to the metal,,,no sanding required!
Now THAT's the kind of product I can grow to LOVE!!
Thanks for the tip, I'll start to look for it.

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