How to get garish stickers off rims

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reohn2
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How to get garish stickers off rims

Postby reohn2 » 24 Feb 2015, 10:50am

I've tried peeling them,using acetone,white spirit,and brake cleaner to soften the adhesive all to no avail.
I've managed to removed about 40mm of one 250mm sticker in about half an hour of picking and swearing
ALEX RIMS isn't something I want on my bike :?
Any ideas?
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Re: How to get garish stickers off rims

Postby [XAP]Bob » 24 Feb 2015, 11:03am

Buy different rims ;)
Put a less garish sticker over the top?
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Re: How to get garish stickers off rims

Postby pwa » 24 Feb 2015, 11:04am

To get stickers off books furniture polish sometimes works. Worth a try if you have any.

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Re: How to get garish stickers off rims

Postby mrjemm » 24 Feb 2015, 11:11am

Angle grinder? Cold chisel?

Or... Some (gentle?) heating with a hairdryer or fan heater perhaps may help. Or the opposite even... as with getting chewing gum out of fabrics, ice helps.

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Re: How to get garish stickers off rims

Postby Norman H » 24 Feb 2015, 11:14am

reohn2 wrote:

ALEX RIMS isn't something I want on my bike


Change your name to Alex? :)

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Re: How to get garish stickers off rims

Postby Brucey » 24 Feb 2015, 11:14am

hot pressure washer?

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Re: How to get garish stickers off rims

Postby Flite » 24 Feb 2015, 11:39am

Sticky Stuff Remover from Lakeland?
You would need to score the label surface first I suspect - could cause damage.

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Re: How to get garish stickers off rims

Postby CREPELLO » 24 Feb 2015, 11:47am

Finishline citrus degreaser. Always good for the workshop.

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Re: How to get garish stickers off rims

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 24 Feb 2015, 11:57am

Hi,
Try a hair drier............................
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Re: How to get garish stickers off rims

Postby grani » 24 Feb 2015, 12:58pm

I had a pair of Alexrims that I used a hairdryer to soften the stickers up a bit and peeled them off. They left a lot of glue that I then removed using a rag with plenty of white spirit.

It was tedious work as it took a little bit of time for the white spirit to do its job and dissolve the glue. Acetone didn't seem to have much effect.

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Re: How to get garish stickers off rims

Postby beardy » 24 Feb 2015, 1:03pm

WD40 is often mentioned for this job but you still have to get past the plastic.

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Re: How to get garish stickers off rims

Postby reohn2 » 24 Feb 2015, 2:37pm

Thanks for all the replies humorous or otherwise :D

I decided to have another go at them this morning,as they're on black anodised rims I was concerned about scratching the anodising.
So with the wheels out,I found a very thin and bendy steel scraper offered level with the rim surface brought 10mm bits off quite well.
It took about half an hour per sticker(four in all :? ) and left a lot of glue that acetone/WS/GT85/WD40 wouldn't shift.
It was then I remembered I had half a gallon of Mylands Dual thinners under the bench,from when I used to spray the furniture I made when I worked for a living.
It softened the glue enough to rub it off with any residual bits gently scraped off with the edge of a credit card.
A good result,you'd never know they'd been there :)
I s'pose I was crying before I was hurt really,but thanks anyway :)

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Re: How to get garish stickers off rims

Postby Dave W » 24 Feb 2015, 4:04pm

Just need to get those decals off the tyres now.

Oh lord! I've just noticed you fit your tyres to match the rims and park so that both wheels are the same - you need help!

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Re: How to get garish stickers off rims

Postby reohn2 » 24 Feb 2015, 4:11pm

Dave W wrote:Just need to get those decals off the tyres now.

Oh lord! I've just noticed you fit your tyres to match the rims and park so that both wheels are the same - you need help!


Those tyres are fitted to the rims in that way for a very practical reason,I'll leave it to you to figure out why :wink: .
The bike was 'set up' to look 'right' for the photo :)

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Re: How to get garish stickers off rims

Postby [XAP]Bob » 24 Feb 2015, 5:25pm

Valve location in case of fairy visits, and valves at the bottom for a photo, always (Well, at the top it would seem)


Your not sufficiently carefully with crank angle or pedal angle though... Tut tut
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