Best Way to Remove Waterslide Decals

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Best Way to Remove Waterslide Decals

Postby Michael Baresi » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:13 pm

I've got an old Harmony 1203 and someone put some waterslide decals on the spruce top to cover up some damage where the bridge was once removed.
Does anyone know a good tip to remove them without damaging the wood ?

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Re: Best Way to Remove Waterslide Decals

Postby Peter Wilcox » Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:45 pm

If they're on top of the finish I'd think you could soak them off with time under a damp cloth or paper towel, maybe use a hair dryer to heat them.
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Re: Best Way to Remove Waterslide Decals

Postby Michael Baresi » Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:22 pm

Peter Wilcox wrote:If they're on top of the finish I'd think you could soak them off with time under a damp cloth or paper towel, maybe use a hair dryer to heat them.

Thank Peter. Tried it but didn't work for me
I've also tried naptha and mineral spirits and neither worked.
I could go at it with lacquer thinner but there goes the finish.
I tried small drops of acetone and that disolves the decal but damages lacquer too
I'm thinking of trying some 2000 grit wet sanding. :?
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Re: Best Way to Remove Waterslide Decals

Postby Bob Gramann » Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:44 pm

If you have time to try soaking again, try adding some detergent to the soak solution. It might break the surface tension enough that the water could penetrate into the decal. It’s always possible that someone put a coating on it, though. Maybe abrading the surface would allow more soak in? And, rather than using a wet cloth, forming a little puddle on top of the decal might help. You could use masking tape dams. Otherwise, it sounds like mechanical removal (scraping or sanding) might be your only choice.

I used to use decals for my logo when I first started building. Once they were under the lacquer, they were permanent. Fortunately, I never had to take one off.
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Re: Best Way to Remove Waterslide Decals

Postby Randolph Rhett » Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:25 am

You're trying to REMOVE them? Geeesh. Some people don't appreciate class. ;-)
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Re: Best Way to Remove Waterslide Decals

Postby Mark Wybierala » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:31 pm

I like it. Also its a bit of history. You could make up some elaborate story about the W.
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