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Removing Decals and Stickers from a Road Bike

Ben Reeve | 2 years ago

Welcome to part 3 of my series on restoring my Bianchi Gold Race 100.

Today I removed the decals from the bike. The stickers were ripped and frayed, so I decided the easiest solution was just to remove them and buy some more. This was certainly not the most exciting job of the project, but revealed some hidden surprises.

Tools Used

Removing Decals and Stickers from a Road Bike

  • Degreaser
  • Microfibre cloth
  • Finger nail!
  • Elbow grease

Starting Out

Removing Decals and Stickers from a Road Bike - before Removing Decals and Stickers from a Road Bike - after

Here are comparison photos after about half an hour’s work.

You can see how nicely the frame has come up.

I also had a really nice surprise as underneath the green sticker halfway along the top tube was a beautiful angled join between the black and white paint. I’m really pleased with how this looks and think I’ll leave it this way.

Peeling Away The Stickers

This is where the fingers nails and elbow grease come in.

I did not want to use anything else to take the stickers off as I was worried about damaging the frame.

The key is to get hold of a corner of the decals, and pull very slowly to try and stop them tearing.

Removing the Glue

Removing Decals and Stickers from a road bike - removing the glue

This was the most time consuming bit of the whole process.

When the stickers are peeled away they leave a sticky glue behind, which is really difficult to get off.

My advice would be focus on really small sections, use lots of degreaser, both on the frame and the cloth, and rub in circular motions to remove the glue.

The Result

Removing Decals and Stickers from a road bike - final result

Ben Reeve

| 2 years ago

About this author:
Ben Reeve is the founder of Cycling Tips HQ, a site with simple tips to help you learn more about the incredible pastime of cycling. In 2017 Ben stepped down from running his cycling tips site and transferred the content over to the YJ Cycle Hub. Ben now runs leadingonyourfeet, a company working in leadership in retail.
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