Decal replacement

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 19:21
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Has anyone done a removal and replacement of battered decals on their vehicle.? I'm doing up a Landcruiser, and the original decals are ragged to say the least, and I'd like to replace them,----but they are pretty well stuck on, and am worried about damage to the duco in getting them off.---Any advice would be welcomed Sapper D
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Reply By: 4wheeler - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 19:55

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 19:55
Hi Sapper D,
We had a sign written work van and removed the decals using a hot air blower / hair dryer to soften the decal and peel off as you go. You must be careful not to overheat and burn the duco though. From memory, it did not take too much heat to soften the decals and we removed them without damage to the paint. Hot water might do the same job. Obviously use correct personal protective equipment when doing the job. You can always test a small area and see how it works for you.

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Reply By: mick v1 - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 21:00

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 21:00
before you start pulling them off just check you can still get them, my 97 mdl 80s I couldn't get the 40th anniversary sticker, don't stock them now
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Reply By: SDG - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 21:52

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 21:52
Smash repairers from memory have a book of decal designs that can be ordered in. I had decals on an old Rocky many years back, and after the doors were repaired from a bingle, they showed me a book of different designs to choose from. They would probably tell you how to get them off as well.
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Follow Up By: Sapper D - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 21:57

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 21:57
I've ordered the exact copies of ebay--( at least I hope they are),--so that shouldn't be a problem
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Follow Up By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 08:57

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 08:57
Have a look here for replacement stickers. Lots to choose from and he will do you a design if you give him some artwork or a reasonable sketch.

Some limitations on the number you order for the personal ones but not too dear and its good to have spares.

http://www.stickeroz.com/

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Reply By: Member - John M (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 08:08

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 08:08
Hi Sapper D

If you go to a automotive paint supply company they have a block type material that you can either rub on the decals or use it in your drill to remove the decals.
We call them caramel sticks as they smell like caramel and use them in the marine industry all the time for removing decals, signage and stickers from boats without any damage to paint or gelcoat. Far more safer than a heat gun.

Just check that you can get the replacement decals that you are looking for.

Hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: Sapper D - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 20:15

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 20:15
Thanks to you all for the imput, and I'll give that "caramel stick" a go John, it sounds like the safest way for a novice to go
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 20:34

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 20:34
Along with the caramel stick get some wax & grease remover (Prepsol) on a soft rag ......works well!
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Reply By: Albany Nomads - Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 16:49

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 16:49
Those hand held portable steam cleaners get decals off dead easy
Used a number of times with great success
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