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So i was able to pry off my icon's logo and unscrew the tank panel off.. My problem now is getting the tough adhesive out. I've tried paint thinner, denatured alcohol and wax polish.. No luck. Barely making any progress after 15 minutes of elbow grease. Can anyone recommend something i can use to speed up this chore?
 

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I would first try a hot air gun with some fishing line or dental floss. If that removes the bulk of it, then I would finish it off with some rubbing alcohol mix.

If that doesn't work then on to something stronger like Goo Gone or Goof Off or industrial orange peel oil.

Since this is one on my to-do list I haven't removed mine yet. I can't exactly be sure which one would work best. I can tell you by next weekend once I have removed mine.
 

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Scrubbing away.. 50 minutes for 1 panel and my hands are sore. I still have 1 panel and 2 logos to clean out. The logos are gonna be a real *itch.

Makes me almost want to just buy a new set of panels and logos.. But at $200 i will just keep scrubbing and treat myself to a quart of ice cream afterwards.

Note: fishing line will not work for the logos.
 

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Paint thinner, despite it not being super effective.. But was the best solvent i had in my garage. Plus 4 hours... Success. 10:00pm. So my ice cream celebration will just wait for tomorrow afternoon.

I'm sure i never want to do this again. So instead of using Plasti Dip to paint the tank panels i will have them powder coated flat black.

Pictures to follow.
 

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I used the edge of a plastic credit card - the panels will actually take a lot of scraping from this! Then cleaned all off with white spirit. Didn't take me too long but agree the glue they use really is sticky! I put the logos back on with heavy duty velcro, couldn't be doing with removing glue again ...
 

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I used WD40 to remove the goo from the fork leg reflectors and it took a long time, but it does soak in eventually and make the adhesive give way. You can try something a bit more powerful on those side panels since they're bare aluminum. Acetone would be what I'd try or mineral spirits since it won't evaporate so quickly. You could even try less toxic citrus paint stripper because it'll definitely eat foam rubber brushes when I use it on paint. This stuff:

CitriStrip
 

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I used a narrow-bladed craft utility knife - the disposable kind with the snap off segments.

I extended the whole blade and, starting at the top to the tank badge, gently cut down through the adhesive foam behind the badge slice by slice. Worked perfectly and I had both badges off in about 20 mins with zero damage to the panels. Used white spirit to clean off the residue and that was it - job done.
 

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Thanks for all the input.. I finished my project last night.. But I'll be stocking Goo Off for future projects. I hope many others can learn from this thread and save alot of time.
 

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Scrubbing away.. 50 minutes for 1 panel and my hands are sore. I still have 1 panel and 2 logos to clean out. The logos are gonna be a real *itch.

Makes me almost want to just buy a new set of panels and logos.. But at $200 i will just keep scrubbing and treat myself to a quart of ice cream afterwards.

Note: fishing line will not work for the logos.
but it was supposed to be easy. those itaalians I swear, oh wait, I am one! :eek:
 
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