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Removing old paper decals ?

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Hi Guys

I have an old diecast i want to repaint. It had paper type 'decals' that need to be removed.

Ive soaked it in water for a few days & the top layers have rubbed off, leaving the adhesive residue that wont shift with just soaking.

Any tips what i can use to remove it without damaging the paint ?

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I remove that type of adhesive with naphtha (Ronsonol Lighter Fluid is same stuff), but ti might dull the paint slightly (depending on the paint).  I would try it first on inconspicuous area.  91% isopropyl alcohol should also soften the adhesive, but nowhere as well as naphtha.  But again, it might affect the paint.

But since you are repainting it, aren't you going to strip the paint anyway? 

Edited by peteski

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If your "Decals" are the peal and stick type, like the Dealership advertising on the trunk lid of your new car,  you might use a Hair Drier to loosen the adhesive and this should make the residue easier to remove also.  

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Thanks, will try your suggestions. 

I dont want to strip factory paint, just spray over it.

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Goo-Gone will remove the gummy residue. Goo gone is oily, so make sure you clean the area well with water and liquid dish soap, rinsing thoroughly and drying before painting.... -RRR

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