Sticky Solutions

"Dear Ralph" October 28, 1997 0
Dear Ralph: What is your recommended procedure for removing stickers from snowmobile hoods without damaging the hood? Is there any quick and easy method?...

Dear Ralph:

What is your recommended procedure for removing stickers from snowmobile hoods without damaging the hood? Is there any quick and easy method?

Whatever you do, keep razor sharp blades and such away from your sled. The best method of removing plastic and vinyl decals is by using a hair dryer to slowly heat up the decal. Start slowly by lifting up one corner (this is the hard part and requires a fingernail that has some length to it) and pulling slowly. As the decal gets warmed up from the hair dryer, you will be able to slowly pull the decal off from the hood. Do not get the dryer too close to the surface as you can overheat it, and start with a lower setting and work your way up in heat until you find the coolest possible setting that will work.
The sticky residue left over can easily be removed with a mild solvent, but you need to find one that will not damage the plastic. This is another trick. Try WD-40, no kidding. It will dissolve the adhesive used in the decal backing, but (likely) will not damage the hood surface or finish. Be sure to apply a new coating of wax to the surface after this procedure, as the solvent will strip any protective coating from the area.

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