Removing decal glue residue

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Removing decal glue residue

Anyone got any suggestions for how to remove the glue residue left behind after removing decals.

The decals were stuck to bare aluminium, not a painted surface, and I heated the decals with a hairdryer in order to loosen them. However, I think because they were applied to the bare aluminium surface, the glue was stuck quite well, and quite a lot of glue has been left behind.

I already tried white spirit, nail polish remover, and even a little petrol. Nothing seems to have worked.

I'm getting the bodywork resprayed in a few weeks time, so wanted to clear the decals. 

Any ideas?

Thanks 

 

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I'd try WD40 first but I'd be surprised if it's better than what you've used already.

Nail polish remover used to be acetone but now some is and some isn't. If it's bare metal and you're going to repaint I'd try acetone if nothing else has worked.

Beyond that it's going to be abrasive. How do you clean the aluminium otherwise? Try that on the residue.

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Detailers use glue remover regularly to remove tar, these are all paint safe, most are citrus based.

There are loads of options, halfords sell the auto glym one, but there are betters ones out there.

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Proprietary glue removers have an advantage over acetone (or similar) in being less damaging to paint and plastics, but I'd guess that they are all less effective at removing the sticky stuff. But that is only a guess... how about doing a back-to-back trial?

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I think Lakeland used to do something called sticky stuff which did the trick for me on a few different things.

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I have done this many times over the 12 years I've been racing.....all on a bare ali car.

Advice to stop the residue being left is a bit late now, but basically white spirit is the best thing to remove it, it just takes time - potentially hours. You need to use a towel or something that will hold the white spirit and soak the residue. Go over the area to get it soaked in white spirit and then come back and start rubbing. It will come off, but it will take time. Once you start making progress then you see that it works....

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I have used brake or carb cleaner. OK on Ali, not paint though!

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I'd try WD40 and if no good then isopropyl alcohol.

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I've never looked up the composition of carb cleaner, but brake cleaner varies between proprietary products. IIRC most of it is acetone, methyl ethyl ketone, alcohols and aliphatics (which I doubt add much dissolving power).

Whatever they (don't) say on the product you can usually find the composition from either the material data sheets or the safety data sheets.

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As has been said previously :- sticky stuff remover.

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Brake cleaner every time.

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