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Offline KennyRedman

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Removing pinstripes with Easy Off oven cleaner
« on: September 09, 2013, 06:11:34 am »
I bought a parts bike for $80 last week, and once I got all the dirt and bugs off the tank and side covers, they turned out to look in really great shape.  The tank is spotless inside- clean metal, and not a bit of rust. The only thing is that it had this horrible pin striping and custom script that said "Cadillac Pussy." What that means, I have no idea, but it had to go.


At first I tried acetone, but that had zero effect. Then I read about pin stripers using Easy Off oven cleaner, so I went to the grocery and bought a can.  I did an initial test leaving the oven cleaner on the tank for about 10-20 seconds, just to make sure it wouldn't affect the paint. 


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Then I left the cleaner on the tank for about a minute or two, just to make sure the paint would still be ok, and a little bit of the pin striping started to come off...


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After I was sure that the paint wasn't going to be affected by the spray, I left it on for about 5-10 minutes.  This time, the pin striping wiped off easily and the base paint job looked great.  There is a tiny bit of ghosting, but I think that'll clean up once I give it a good wax and possibly another coat or two of clear.


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So, I'd recommend using the oven cleaner to remove any pin striping or custom paint like this from a tank with factory paint or a two-part urethane paint.


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Offline Ewan 500K1

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Re: Removing pinstripes with Easy Off oven cleaner
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2013, 07:45:50 am »
as an ex sign manufacturer and vehicle graphics applicator ... we use to just apply some gentle heat witha hair dryer and then pull vinyl graphic off
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Re: Removing pinstripes with Easy Off oven cleaner
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2013, 08:05:20 am »
as an ex sign manufacturer and vehicle graphics applicator ... we use to just apply some gentle heat witha hair dryer and then pull vinyl graphic off

I dont think it was vinyl.


Nice job! Why didnt you want to keep the script? :) :) ;)
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Re: Removing pinstripes with Easy Off oven cleaner
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2013, 08:30:32 am »
as an ex sign manufacturer and vehicle graphics applicator ... we use to just apply some gentle heat witha hair dryer and then pull vinyl graphic off

That would have been nice and a lot easier, but it was paint, and not vinyl.


Nice job! Why didnt you want to keep the script? :) :) ;)

Ha- my wife and all my friends wanted me to keep it. And check this out- the bike had a furry seat, too!

 

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