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sticker residue removal
« on: August 20, 2007, 05:13:37 PM »

You know those really tacky stickers that come with RTR and RTS models, often in Chinglish, Jinglish , Korenglish, or a host of jazzy colours that if removed from the model would improve it, well when you remove them, they often leave behind a residue.

try using WD40 to remove that said residue, works a treat ;D
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Re: sticker residue removal
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2007, 05:52:19 PM »

Try paraffin instead, just dab it on sticker, leave for five mins then lift sticker off intact. Wipe off paraffin with tissue... job done and no oily WD40 residue. O0
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2007, 05:53:14 PM »

Personally I would NOT NOT NOT do this as WD 40 contains SILICON which is the kiss of death to applying paint on a hull afterwards,what you should really use is either a product by 3m called graffiti remover or good old fashioned panel WIPE which of course you all use to degrease your models before paining,oh and buy the way it is BETTER then soapy water.Paraffin is also just as bad.

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Re: sticker residue removal
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2007, 05:55:39 PM »

I always use methylated spirits, which I've found over the years to be a very useful non-aggressive solvent.
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Re: sticker residue removal
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2007, 06:26:57 PM »

Hi all, The last time I went to buy Meths from the local Chemist for the old Mammond steam engine I was asked to sign for it. Now I drink most things and do not always shave but I did not think I looked that rough. :laugh:
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Re: sticker residue removal
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2007, 06:40:25 PM »

You can get the GOOD STUFF on flea bay , a mate of mine would  get it for me from where he worked, but he moved and I had a small amount for years and would use it very sparingly and just as it was running out someone said try Eba so  I got a 500ml tin first then a Gallon in case they stop them selling or sending through the post.. its clear and leaves no residue god for cleaning comms on motors
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Isopropyl-alcohol-IPA-2-Propanol-99-9-500ml_W0QQitemZ330155805641QQihZ014QQcategoryZ88433QQcmdZViewItem
 
They also sell Pure ACETONE

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Re: sticker residue removal
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2007, 07:08:02 PM »

Personally I would NOT NOT NOT do this as WD 40 contains SILICON which is the kiss of death to applying paint on a hull afterwards,what you should really use is either a product by 3m called graffiti remover or good old fashioned panel WIPE which of course you all use to degrease your models before paining,oh and buy the way it is BETTER then soapy water.Paraffin is also just as bad.

Stavros

according to the tin it says Silicone free since invention
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Re: sticker residue removal
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2007, 07:11:45 PM »

Ghost is quite right Stavros.
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2007, 07:24:46 PM »

Being a graphic designer using the sticky vinyl, i would say in my professional voice the best thing is methylated spirits. Comes in a lovely purple colour and does no harm to paint, plastic and so forth.

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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2007, 07:24:52 PM »

Carefull Acetone can melt plastics !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! let alone remove paint so I would say a BIG NO NO

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« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2007, 07:27:25 PM »

OK I will shut up BUT just rember what my PROFFESION is just try it spray some wd on a piece of plastic and  see what happens

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Re: sticker residue removal
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2007, 07:32:06 PM »

 Stavros the Acetone was not for glue removal it can just be hard to get , and over WD 40 and paint ,when I played paint, around locks and hindges could be a problem because of WD 40

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Re: sticker residue removal
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2007, 07:35:14 PM »

WD40 Its brilliant sprayed on china class rtr boats makes them water tight sort of  ;D :D

You are right though stavros if its the only thing to hand then why not use it, im b100dy sure i would  O0

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« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2007, 07:37:04 PM »

WD 40

Peter

Cleans it off with meths.

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« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2007, 07:38:35 PM »

This is getting quite interesting!

WD 40 doesn't containe silicone but it is "oily" so Stavros is right that it isn't the best thing to use on something you intend to paint.

Acetone can be bought from boat chandlers as it is used for cleaning up around GRP, you woin't find it in B&Q or Homebase. It is very "aggressive" and will attack cured gelcoat etc.

White spirit can also remove sticky label residue quite well but it can leave a residue itself.

Meths is certainly the safest to use in most situations but I'm a bit puzzled by it. I have a meths stove on my 1:1 scale boat which is fine but when you use meths in it it does tend to smell a bit. So when I was in France a year or so back I bought some cooking alcohol in the hypermarket which is something you can't get over here. It is supposed to be meths without the colour and smell and is certainly an improvement in the stove. As I bought quite a lot of it (it's dirt cheap over there, 3.50 for 5 litres) I've tried using some for general cleanup purposes but it seems to be more aggressive than meths when you apply it to paint surfaces.

Anyone else care to comment?
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« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2007, 07:47:11 PM »

Isopropyl alcohol is clear and has no smell when burnt I got the 97% but they do a 60 or 70%.., the Acetone is used to clean gas jets on steam plants.

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Re: sticker residue removal
« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2007, 07:53:38 PM »

Hi all, The last time I went to buy Meths from the local Chemist for the old Mammond steam engine I was asked to sign for it. Now I drink most things and do not always shave but I did not think I looked that rough. :laugh:

I buy my meths from Halfords. No signature required.  ???
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« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2007, 08:22:00 PM »



Meths is certainly the safest to use in most situations but I'm a bit puzzled by it. I have a meths stove on my 1:1 scale boat which is fine but when you use meths in it it does tend to smell a bit. So when I was in France a year or so back I bought some cooking alcohol in the hypermarket which is something you can't get over here. It is supposed to be meths without the colour and smell and is certainly an improvement in the stove. As I bought quite a lot of it (it's dirt cheap over there, 3.50 for 5 litres) I've tried using some for general cleanup purposes but it seems to be more aggressive than meths when you apply it to paint surfaces.

Anyone else care to comment?

Colin, You can buy two types of 'pure' alcohol in France. One for preserving fruit etc, which is pure ethanol, the other their equivalent of Methylated Spirits, which is 'Alcohol a Brulee'. As far as I know this is meths without the dye - in other words a mix of ethanol and methanol. I have some of the latter in the garage used for degreasing towballs etc. Not tried it on paint.

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« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2007, 08:30:41 PM »

BarrieW, I bought 'Alcohol a Brulee'.
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« Reply #20 on: August 20, 2007, 08:30:51 PM »

Our cousins across the water call it denatured alcohol .

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« Reply #21 on: August 20, 2007, 08:40:47 PM »

Only on this forum could you get 20 postings on removing sticky labels  ::)
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« Reply #22 on: August 20, 2007, 08:59:03 PM »

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Yes Richard, but it isn't just about that. These solvents and other fluids are in common modelling use so it's important that we understand what is appropriate in what situation.
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« Reply #23 on: August 20, 2007, 09:03:23 PM »

Right Colin, but sticky labels ? :-\
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« Reply #24 on: August 20, 2007, 09:06:25 PM »

You obviously never buy anything from B&Q Richard. The stuff they put on their labels is enough to drive anyone to drink.
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