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    Moto Sticker removal methods?

    I was just wondering if anyone has tried to remove the Moto stickers from the frame and if so with what kind of luck? I personally love the raised emblem on the front but the large top and down tube stickers I can do with out. Im thinking about doing it on my soon to be arriving Ti 29er and didnt wanna take any "unnecessary" chances. Thanks

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    Mine are under the clearcoat.

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    Keep in mind I think it voids the warranty to remove the decals...

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    Thanks for the input on the warranty ill defiantly keep that in mind.

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    For the sake of science, I removed one of the down tube stickers last night. Mine was applied directly over the satin black paint, no clearcoat to deal with.

    It took about two minutes and a fingernail to peel off. The glue is a bit more trouble to remove. I started with 3M General Adhesive Remover and a heavy rag. This removed the bulk of it.
    A ghost image of the sticker remains and with more rubbing and some lacquer thinner, it seems to come off.
    A heat gun was no help.

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    my stickers were under the clearcoat as well and I used one of those plastic scraper things my dad has to get em off. results were ok. I'm getting it powdercoated pretty soon anyways.

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    Just removed mine with nail polish remover..

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    Fly Ti Decal Removal

    I removed the MOTOBECANE decals off of the downtube of my Fly Ti last night, and it was a pretty big PITA!

    it took me about 2 hours, a bag of cotton balls and a few ounces of fingernail polish remover and an old credit card to help scrape stuff off. I may have lost a few thousand brain cells from the fumes!

    you have to rub the decals for a while w/ the polish remover before they start to rub off. I tried a hair dryer, but it didn't seem to help much. I also tried to score the decals w/ a razor blade, but I don't think that was much help either, and wasn't worth the risk of adding scratches to the frame.

    I recommend tying a rag or a few paper towels on the down tube below the decals to soak up the finger nail polish and keep it from heading to your bottom bracket.

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    On my flat black Fantom 29 the logos appear to have been painted on, which is just fine with me. At least they don't look like tacky decals!

    For dealing with the glue, I recommend using vegetable oil. This will break up the glue and make it easy to remove. For the greasy residue, try Simple Green.
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    ^ I have the flat black fantom 29 too. I can confirm that its painted on. I was kinda glad it wasn't a sticker. It looks like a quality paint job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cconely
    I removed the MOTOBECANE decals off of the downtube of my Fly Ti last night, and it was a pretty big PITA!

    it took me about 2 hours, a bag of cotton balls and a few ounces of fingernail polish remover and an old credit card to help scrape stuff off. I may have lost a few thousand brain cells from the fumes!

    you have to rub the decals for a while w/ the polish remover before they start to rub off. I tried a hair dryer, but it didn't seem to help much. I also tried to score the decals w/ a razor blade, but I don't think that was much help either, and wasn't worth the risk of adding scratches to the frame.

    I recommend tying a rag or a few paper towels on the down tube below the decals to soak up the finger nail polish and keep it from heading to your bottom bracket.
    Titanium is an absolutely *gorgeous* metal, functionally and aethestically... I took my decals off to let as much of that beautiful lustre and sheen come through.

    My experience with the Fly Team Ti, which took about 30 minutes, including set-time for the Citristrip, and which I did OUTSIDE (with a respirator, to boot - yes, I'm paranoid about this kind of stuff, even if the solvent is considered a "safer" product, whatever that means):

    Decals: Citristrip - which has a nice stays-where-you-put-it gel consistency, so unless you're sloppy, it's not going to be leaching all over the tubes and into places you absolutely don't want a highly effective solvent getting into. Follow the label directions, and the decals will wipe right off without the need for any abrasion or (yikes!) scraping. If you do the removal with the cables/housings/hoses still on, make sure you mask or, better yet, simply don't get the Citristrip on the housings as it will soften/dissolve them. You may need to repeat the application of Citristrip once or twice, depending on how thick you make each application and how long you leave it on to dissolve. To remove the "ghosting" of the letters that might persist after the macro removal, dab some Citristrip on a soft rag and keep rubbing the outlines with even pressure in a circular motion.

    Head tube badge: Blow a hairdryer on the headbadge so it loosens up the adhesive, and, when sufficiently soft/loosened, pull it off. You may need to "tease" the badge off, by which I mean you lift the badge off a little at a time, apply heat, lift, apply heat, lift, etc. Be careful to not burn yourself as the headbadge and surrounding area will get very hot. Any adhesive gum remaining on the headtube after removal of the badge can be removed with Citristrip, Goo-Gone, or similar solvents.

    To deactivate Citristrip residue and for general cleanup, soak a rag with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and wipe down areas that were in contact with the Citristrip.

    Separate but related: I wash my bikes with Ice Wax (or is Ice Wash? - I think Armor All makes it) car wash. Bought the big jug at Costco. I find it works great at removing dirt and grime with its detergency, and the protective thin wax it leaves behind makes the bikes (esp the Fly Ti) sparkle, and must help to slough off mud, grime, and sweat, certainly make subsequent washings more effective. However, it will not re-lube the chain, derailleur, sliders, and pivots for you, and it will not prevent damage done by a pressure washer used incorrectly, so all the other do's and don't-do's associated with prudent bicycle cleaning and upkeep still apply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim FtCO
    Titanium is an absolutely *gorgeous* metal, functionally and aethestically... I took my decals off to let as much of that beautiful lustre and sheen come through.

    My experience with the Fly Team Ti, which took about 30 minutes, including set-time for the Citristrip, and which I did OUTSIDE (with a respirator, to boot - yes, I'm paranoid about this kind of stuff, even if the solvent is considered a "safer" product, whatever that means):

    Decals: Citristrip - which has a nice stays-where-you-put-it gel consistency, so unless you're sloppy, it's not going to be leaching all over the tubes and into places you absolutely don't want a highly effective solvent getting into. Follow the label directions, and the decals will wipe right off without the need for any abrasion or (yikes!) scraping. If you do the removal with the cables/housings/hoses still on, make sure you mask or, better yet, simply don't get the Citristrip on the housings as it will soften/dissolve them. You may need to repeat the application of Citristrip once or twice, depending on how thick you make each application and how long you leave it on to dissolve. To remove the "ghosting" of the letters that might persist after the macro removal, dab some Citristrip on a soft rag and keep rubbing the outlines with even pressure in a circular motion.

    Head tube badge: Blow a hairdryer on the headbadge so it loosens up the adhesive, and, when sufficiently soft/loosened, pull it off. You may need to "tease" the badge off, by which I mean you lift the badge off a little at a time, apply heat, lift, apply heat, lift, etc. Be careful to not burn yourself as the headbadge and surrounding area will get very hot. Any adhesive gum remaining on the headtube after removal of the badge can be removed with Citristrip, Goo-Gone, or similar solvents.

    To deactivate Citristrip residue and for general cleanup, soak a rag with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and wipe down areas that were in contact with the Citristrip.

    Separate but related: I wash my bikes with Ice Wax (or is Ice Wash? - I think Armor All makes it) car wash. Bought the big jug at Costco. I find it works great at removing dirt and grime with its detergency, and the protective thin wax it leaves behind makes the bikes (esp the Fly Ti) sparkle, and must help to slough off mud, grime, and sweat, certainly make subsequent washings more effective. However, it will not re-lube the chain, derailleur, sliders, and pivots for you, and it will not prevent damage done by a pressure washer used incorrectly, so all the other do's and don't-do's associated with prudent bicycle cleaning and upkeep still apply.

    Nice write up! If I decide to remove the rest of the decals, I definitely come back and try some Citristrip.

    Another option if you want to use something you might have lying around the house is to use 'Goof Off' (not Goo Gone...that' stuff is okay, but not great) to get off decals (rubbing will be required) and residual goop. seems to work quite a bit better than the finger nail polish remover I used initially.

    Also: don't use anything to scrape if you can avoid it. looking at my frame, there are some small scratches on the frame from just using a plastic card to help get stuff off. Nothing very noticeable w/o very close inspection, but learn from my mistake....don't do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cconely
    Also: don't use anything to scrape if you can avoid it. looking at my frame, there are some small scratches on the frame from just using a plastic card to help get stuff off. Nothing very noticeable w/o very close inspection, but learn from my mistake....don't do it!
    On scraping: In a word, don't.

    As for the scratches that are there, you might try buffing them out with fine-grit Scotchbrite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cconely
    I removed the MOTOBECANE decals off of the downtube of my Fly Ti last night, and it was a pretty big PITA!

    it took me about 2 hours, a bag of cotton balls and a few ounces of fingernail polish remover and an old credit card to help scrape stuff off. I may have lost a few thousand brain cells from the fumes!

    you have to rub the decals for a while w/ the polish remover before they start to rub off. I tried a hair dryer, but it didn't seem to help much. I also tried to score the decals w/ a razor blade, but I don't think that was much help either, and wasn't worth the risk of adding scratches to the frame.

    I recommend tying a rag or a few paper towels on the down tube below the decals to soak up the finger nail polish and keep it from heading to your bottom bracket.
    You're working too hard. I removed mine in 20 min. using a Scotchbright pad (the kind with a sponge on the back) and carb cleaner. After buffing off all the sticker residue, I gave it one good scrub with a clean pad. Looks "titanium-y". No sticker ghosting or scratching, either.

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    Does your motobecane ti have clear coat over the decals? If so, can you tell where you used the Citristrip? (In the right light?)
    I'm interested to hear since I just purchased a moto ti cross and plan on removing the decals. I'd also like to remove the decals of my brushed aluminum mtbike.

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    guys go to a auto body supply shop. get a pinstripe remover or some call it a "mark remover". its a rubber wheel that goes on a drill and is used to remove pinstripes from cars. works awesome for decals also like where the car dealers put their names on the trunk lids etc. its maybe 10-15$ and you need a drill. will NOT mark up the frame and no chemicals.

    when removing the badge if any tape or gum is left hit an autozone and get meguire's YELLOW WAX. use a rag and dab it kinda heavy over the residue and let sit for a minute then use a bit more and rub the residue right off it will come off in seconds and again not damage the frame.

    for the fine scratches what you need to do is find a scotch pad or wet sand paper that closely matches the factory "brushed" finish. test it out on a small piece of scrap metal. i usually like the standard green scotch pads. they work pretty well. just dont use anything to fine because if you rub it to much you may end up starting to polish the metal which will look worse imo than some fine scratches..

    a lot of times easy off oven cleaner can also be used without damage to the aluminum or ti.. use a small amount spray it on and wrap it with foil for a minute and remove this is a way to remove anodize also from aluminum..

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    Quote Originally Posted by zfactor
    guys go to a auto body supply shop. get a pinstripe remover or some call it a "mark remover". its a rubber wheel that goes on a drill and is used to remove pinstripes from cars. works awesome for decals also like where the car dealers put their names on the trunk lids etc. its maybe 10-15$ and you need a drill. will NOT mark up the frame and no chemicals.

    when removing the badge if any tape or gum is left hit an autozone and get meguire's YELLOW WAX. use a rag and dab it kinda heavy over the residue and let sit for a minute then use a bit more and rub the residue right off it will come off in seconds and again not damage the frame.

    for the fine scratches what you need to do is find a scotch pad or wet sand paper that closely matches the factory "brushed" finish. test it out on a small piece of scrap metal. i usually like the standard green scotch pads. they work pretty well. just dont use anything to fine because if you rub it to much you may end up starting to polish the metal which will look worse imo than some fine scratches..

    a lot of times easy off oven cleaner can also be used without damage to the aluminum or ti.. use a small amount spray it on and wrap it with foil for a minute and remove this is a way to remove anodize also from aluminum..
    I've thought about using one of these rubber wheels. Do you know if you first need to remove the clearcoat before using the wheel on the decal?

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    I realize people that buy from BD are just looking for a good price and couldn't care less about the brand name. That's last thing on their mind or only thing on their mind is...how to remove it. LOL!

    Still, I can't help but wonder. What do you guys tell people when they say. "Nice bike...what's the make?"
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    the rubber wheel should still work okay it just may take a little longer. the clearcoat on these bikes as well as most out there is not very thick. i used to paint cars and i can for sure say they dont use much on most bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moto Rider
    I realize people that buy from BD are just looking for a good price and couldn't care less about the brand name. That's last thing on their mind or only thing on their mind is...how to remove it. LOL!

    Still, I can't help but wonder. What do you guys tell people when they say. "Nice bike...what's the make?"
    I like the stealth, black look but a side benefit is to watch the bike snobs scratch their heads trying to figure out the manufacturer. If someone asks, I tell them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkonian
    I like the stealth, black look but a side benefit is to watch the bike snobs scratch their heads trying to figure out the manufacturer. If someone asks, I tell them.
    Mine are all missing. I prefer the unstickered look. Few people ask though.

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    I don't want to mung up the finish, so I have no interest in even attempting such a thing. Obviously I don't care about the brand name which is why I bought a Moto, so the stickers don't bother me either.

    I did remove the green warning stickers, but that only takes a fingernail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moto Rider
    ...Still, I can't help but wonder. What do you guys tell people when they say. "Nice bike...what's the make?"
    When this thread started I kind of wondered the same thing.

    As far as this site goes it was the Moto haters that helped me come up with my avatar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moto Rider
    I realize people that buy from BD are just looking for a good price and couldn't care less about the brand name. That's last thing on their mind or only thing on their mind is...how to remove it. LOL!

    Still, I can't help but wonder. What do you guys tell people when they say. "Nice bike...what's the make?"
    As I posted before, I took the decals off because I think the look of Ti is just gorgeous - the more of it, the better.

    As a point of reference on brand consciousness, I also have a [bike-shop level] Mongoose that I actually appreciate when people inquire about (usually cynically - "What are you doing on a Mongoose?!") to have the opportunity to clarify the differentiation in build level and distribution of the Mongoose line.

    When people ask what kind of bike that is - usually because the sparkle of the Ti and the blingyness of the build catches their eye - I tell them unabashedly, "It's an internet special! A Motobecane! She's been real good to me!"

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    i wish i could afford the ti personally and if i could i agree with slee_stack 100% i have to settle for the alum version..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slee_Stack
    Obviously I don't care about the brand name which is why I bought a Moto, so the stickers don't bother me either.
    The interesting thing is…someone went too a great expense at one point in time to purchase a brand name. Motobecane, was as poplar as anyone in it’s day. However, somewhere along the way it seems someone forgot about that and just pushed the value side of the equation too make the sale.

    The frames are good. The component spec sheet are some of the best…and still, the prices are as we all know low, low & low. Still, even with all that going for the bike something is missing and what is missing is the thing that will always hold these bikes back.

    So I guess I could say…why the trouble too purchase brand name like Motobecane, why not just make up your own name and just call it brand XZ or some sh*t like that if you don’t care about the products image?

    With all the things these bike have going for it…Frame quality, component spec & low price. If Motobecane’s image was on par with everything else…you would really have it all.

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    My dad still has an original, early 80's Motobecane. I was familiar with the brand long before BD came around. My first 'real' bike was a Peugeot.
    I'm still surprised someone hasn't marketed the Peugeot nameplate.

    I'm not necessarily against de-branding. I understand why some do it. There is a certain appeal to a completely clean, logo free, unadorned bicycle frame (or any other product for that matter).

    I would only caution against sticker removal if the end result may very well be an ugly or shoddy looking finish. If you are capable and comfortable though, go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slee_Stack
    I'm not necessarily against de-branding. I understand why some do it. There is a certain appeal to a completely clean, logo free, unadorned bicycle frame (or any other product for that matter).
    I would wager money that 97% of the de branding going on in this case doesn’t have much to do with loving the clean look. But hey, maybe if we ignore it. It will go away.
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    guys just remember if there is clearcoat on the whole frame when you remove the stickers you leave a large opening of no clear coat on the frame. normally you will see the difference in sheen and color and also leave the raw ti open to oxidation etc.... i dont think they only clear just the stickers unless im wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by zfactor
    guys just remember if there is clearcoat on the whole frame when you remove the stickers you leave a large opening of no clear coat on the frame. normally you will see the difference in sheen and color and also leave the raw ti open to oxidation etc.... i dont think they only clear just the stickers unless im wrong
    Yeah, the clear coat is the big unspoken factor. To do it right, I'm thinking you'd need to buy a can of clear coat and spot spray where the decals were removed. I may just have to keep the decals because I'm too lazy to go through all of the trouble to do it right. I'm sure that will make the ever so sanctimonious "Moto Rider" happy.

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    it will never look the same as clear coats dont "blend" well, you can use a blending agent but even those usually leave small bubbles or some fish eye's in the paint as its melding it together...

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    Sticker glue removal

    Just put together my bike and not being a kid in elementary school, I too will be removing the BIG Motobecane advertisement. For assistance to those looking to remove the sticker, I haven't gotten to that point, but to give some light on how to remove the sticker glue that may remain, many of the comments I've read here I'm sure will work. One guaranteed way without having to go buy something you will only use for this one purpose, is to use what just about everyone has in there household. Been around for many, many years. it's WD-40.
    Just spray a moderate amount on a paper towel, and rub away. The glue will come off perfectly. Makes a great cleaning agent for stuff like this and has many other uses.
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    if it doesn't move and it should.. WD-40.
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    I agree with the need to remove the adhesive, however I still had 'ghosts' of the down tube decals. It very well could have been UV degradation of the paint after four years. Not a big deal as it's getting painted this winter during snow season.

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    for anyone that has glue to be removed i was 100% serious about the yellow wax thing glue comes right off.

    and after years of sun the sticker would almost for sure have darkened part of the frame or the rest darkened around it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by CodyWy
    I'm sure that will make the ever so sanctimonious "Moto Rider" happy.

    Well, I input your comment into a computer program because I don’t always have the correct response and this is the result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zfactor
    leave the raw ti open to oxidation
    The Ti doesn't oxidize, at least not in the visible rusting/crusting sense.

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    Titaium oxide (dioxide) is bright white colored. I don't imagine anyone wants a 'whitened' blotch on their frame.

    It would still be best to apply a protective coat to it. Or at least wax/polish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slee_Stack
    Titaium oxide (dioxide) is bright white colored. I don't imagine anyone wants a 'whitened' blotch on their frame.

    It would still be best to apply a protective coat to it. Or at least wax/polish it.
    correct. this is why i do not recc it personally.

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    Can someone please post pics of their bikes with the decals removed? THanks

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    I just received my moto ti cross and I'm happy to report that it appears that the decals are over the clearcoat. I am going to try the heat/plastic razor blade method first. I'll post a pic once I'm done (if all goes well...)

    Quote Originally Posted by cjherrman
    Can someone please post pics of their bikes with the decals removed? THanks

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    i would 100% not use a razor blade. if you are not perfectly smooth with it you will leave scratches in the metal.

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    I plan on using plastic razor blades, not metal. They are made specifically for removing pin striping etc. I definitely wouldn't use a metal blade - my hands aren't that steady, even after half a bottle of wine.

    Quote Originally Posted by zfactor
    i would 100% not use a razor blade. if you are not perfectly smooth with it you will leave scratches in the metal.

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    opps my bad i missed that lol.

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    I personally wouldn't take the stickers or badges off a Motobecane myself,I think as far as stickers,badges and such go Motobecane's look really nice and clean...especially compared to some other brands that should remain nameless.Still,I can understand going with the stealth look,especially if it's Ti or black anodized.Shoot,I am building up a 2001 Schwinn Homegrown 'factory" frame which is black anodized and would look way cool stealthy,but I can't bring myself to remove the stickers or badges even though I'm sure I'll get some grief for building up a Schwinn with high end components because some people won't be able to differentiate between a classic, beautiful scandium frame from the stuff they sell at dept. stores.That's OK though,if they can't tell the difference that's their problem,not mine.

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    I opened a bottle of wine and downed a couple of glasses. I put on some Bach. When everything felt right, I fired up my girlfriend's hair dryer, grabbed a plastic razor blade, and went to work...
    Forget about using plastic razor blades and a hair dryer to remove decals on a moto ti cross. Stick with a half a bottle of wine. Plus about another bottle. Use the hair dryer to give yourself really big hair, and then pretend to slash your wrists with a plastic razor blade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CodyWy
    I opened a bottle of wine and downed a couple of glasses. I put on some Bach. When everything felt right, I fired up my girlfriend's hair dryer, grabbed a plastic razor blade, and went to work...
    Forget about using plastic razor blades and a hair dryer to remove decals on a moto ti cross. Stick with a half a bottle of wine. Plus about another bottle. Use the hair dryer to give yourself really big hair, and then pretend to slash your wrists with a plastic razor blade.

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    I guess some do like the stealth look. For myself, I never contemplated removing the brand name. However, I do know more about the history behind the name then most and I kind of like the history aspect about it. Sure, you have the ones who will dismiss it as just a name. I can only say…all you need to do is look at the name Indian.

    No matter how many times that name changes hands…it will always be regarded as the same as the original. If not they couldn’t sell for $25000+ LOL!

    I say, be proud and give them a history lesson.
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    I may be keeping the decals. We'll see.
    I am not certain but there seems to be a very thin clearcoat over them. Compared to my mtn bike, the edges of the decals on the ti bike are more prominent, which made me think they were over the clearcoat. It almost feels as though you could scrape them off but that proved to be an illusion.
    I guess I could try the Cirtristrip but it still isn't clear to me if the dude who tried this removed the clearcoat along with the decals, or only the decals.
    Input would be appreciated, if you know. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim FtCO
    Titanium is an absolutely *gorgeous* metal, functionally and aethestically... I took my decals off to let as much of that beautiful lustre and sheen come through.

    My experience with the Fly Team Ti, which took about 30 minutes, including set-time for the Citristrip, and which I did OUTSIDE (with a respirator, to boot - yes, I'm paranoid about this kind of stuff, even if the solvent is considered a "safer" product, whatever that means):

    Decals: Citristrip - which has a nice stays-where-you-put-it gel consistency, so unless you're sloppy, it's not going to be leaching all over the tubes and into places you absolutely don't want a highly effective solvent getting into. Follow the label directions, and the decals will wipe right off without the need for any abrasion or (yikes!) scraping. If you do the removal with the cables/housings/hoses still on, make sure you mask or, better yet, simply don't get the Citristrip on the housings as it will soften/dissolve them. You may need to repeat the application of Citristrip once or twice, depending on how thick you make each application and how long you leave it on to dissolve. To remove the "ghosting" of the letters that might persist after the macro removal, dab some Citristrip on a soft rag and keep rubbing the outlines with even pressure in a circular motion.

    Head tube badge: Blow a hairdryer on the headbadge so it loosens up the adhesive, and, when sufficiently soft/loosened, pull it off. You may need to "tease" the badge off, by which I mean you lift the badge off a little at a time, apply heat, lift, apply heat, lift, etc. Be careful to not burn yourself as the headbadge and surrounding area will get very hot. Any adhesive gum remaining on the headtube after removal of the badge can be removed with Citristrip, Goo-Gone, or similar solvents.

    To deactivate Citristrip residue and for general cleanup, soak a rag with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and wipe down areas that were in contact with the Citristrip.

    Separate but related: I wash my bikes with Ice Wax (or is Ice Wash? - I think Armor All makes it) car wash. Bought the big jug at Costco. I find it works great at removing dirt and grime with its detergency, and the protective thin wax it leaves behind makes the bikes (esp the Fly Ti) sparkle, and must help to slough off mud, grime, and sweat, certainly make subsequent washings more effective. However, it will not re-lube the chain, derailleur, sliders, and pivots for you, and it will not prevent damage done by a pressure washer used incorrectly, so all the other do's and don't-do's associated with prudent bicycle cleaning and upkeep still apply.
    Did the Citristrip remove only the decals, or did it remove the decals and a layer of clearcoat over them? Please tell.

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    I feel obliged to say that this is one sweet bike. The ride and feel are awesome. You won't be able to touch it for the price. No sirree. I've ridden a litespeed and this bike feels just as lively. I can't imagine that a moots rides any better.
    I don't care that the brand is Motobecane. I like the look of titanium and they covered it up waaaayyyyy too much. Moots understands this and sizes their stickers accordingly.
    I would be very pleased to leave it as is if the Motobecane sticker were half its size and they got rid of regrettable "FANTOM CROSS TEAM" + swoosh stripes on the top tube.
    To you bikesdirect guys, you would sell these out even faster if you toned the decals down...

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    After seeing someone's KHS that they murdered out in another thread I am ready to debadge and paint my moto. It is not because I am ashamed of the brand. I just think the flat black looks hot. Besides that, my good friend and I have the exact same bike and we look kinda gay with matching everything.

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    I'm with ya! I'm so tired everything black. The satin black looks good but scratches and rub marks have become a bit too plentiful. Trying to come up with something unique for the frame using Alsa Corp paints.

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    I built a 'murdered', all black bike once. Even down to the front derailleur and cassette. After I finished it, I sold it right after. Wasn't the look for me.

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    Could someone please get some pics? Thanks ahead of time!!

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    Well what did you guys do about the clearcoat over the decals? How come no one answered that question?

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    There is no clear coat over the decals. They scratch right off.

    Wanna buy one? Selling my L (20") frame.

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    how much? wait which frame u talkn about?

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    Motobecane LeChampion Ti Remove Decals

    it's really easy to do with acetone. soak a paper towel with acetone. wrap it around the frame where the decal is. wrap that with plastic wrap so that the acetone doesn't dry up. let it soak for 10 min at least. longer the better. unwrap and wipe. decals will bubble and come off very easily. i had to repeat a few times to get it all off plus rub the stubborn bits off.

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    No good

    Just so everyone knows, per my email from bikesdirect a while back when asking about taking off my motobecane stickers will void your warranty.

    "http://motobecane.com/warranty/

    WARRANTY DETAILS:
    This warranty is void in its entirety by any modification of the frame, fork, components, removal of decals or any signs of bending/denting thereof. Bent or dented components, frame or fork would indicate abuse beyond the design of the bicycle"


    Can't say I'm the most thrilled about that.

    using the words "in its entirety" is the extra kick in the nuts. As in they have the right to not honor your warranty FOR YOUR ENTIRE bike including every component simply because you choose to "modify" the frame by removing your decals.
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    How structurally integral are these stickers?? Damn... Stickers shouldn't void the warranty if think. So does adding stickers extend the warranty then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KVW View Post
    Just so everyone knows, per my email from bikesdirect a while back when asking about taking off my motobecane stickers will void your warranty.

    "http://motobecane.com/warranty/

    WARRANTY DETAILS:
    This warranty is void in its entirety by any modification of the frame, fork, components, removal of decals or any signs of bending/denting thereof. Bent or dented components, frame or fork would indicate abuse beyond the design of the bicycle"


    Can't say I'm the most thrilled about that.

    using the words "in its entirety" is the extra kick in the nuts. As in they have the right to not honor your warranty FOR YOUR ENTIRE bike including every component simply because you choose to "modify" the frame by removing your decals.
    Go ahead and take the stickers off. I doubt the warranty is enforceable under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Removal of say, the sticker on the head tube, seat tube, or down tube, would not cause the fork, drivetrain, or wheelset to fail. The burden of proof would be upon the warrantor to show direct association of the sticker removal to the failure of a component. Paint maybe, but not components. Motobecane should brush up on U.S. law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lule View Post
    Go ahead and take the stickers off. I doubt the warranty is enforceable under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Removal of say, the sticker on the head tube, seat tube, or down tube, would not cause the fork, drivetrain, or wheelset to fail. The burden of proof would be upon the warrantor to show direct association of the sticker removal to the failure of a component. Paint maybe, but not components. Motobecane should brush up on U.S. law.

    -Lule
    I'm aware of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. But since they state this clearly on their warranty information at the link provided, aren't you complying & in effect consenting to their terms beforehand before purchasing their product? Of course not everyone reads the fine print, but I could see their lawyers arguing such a thing. But the idea of not honoring your warranty if your other components fail due to removing the stickers on your frame is down right shady and preposterous!

    Also as far as the joke above about the structural integrity of the stickers, lol. Actually, there could be some related truth to it in certain scenarios. If their clear-coat is sprayed over the decals, you are in effect removing the clear-coat paint with the sticker. And If there's no paint underneath, you are exposing the raw metal to the environment allowing for faster corrosion. Of course that scenario doesn't apply to their titanium frames since it doesn't corrode and it's bare metal anyway,

    You also are trusting the end-user in its proper removal techniques and I'm sure they just want to put a blanket statement saying it's just not allowed instead of writing out all the details of such a thing. Nor would they want to encourage the removal of the decals because lets face it, those big ol obnoxious "MOTOBECANE" stickers is like a giant advertisement for their business wherever you go.

    Personally, I'll likely do it eventually anyway. And if my frame ever breaks due to manufacture defect, I'll attempt to warranty it anyway, stickers removed or not. If they refuse, well I'll just never purchase from them again.

    BTW, I'm not unhappy with my product. I love the bike I purchased from BD and am very satisfied. Don't take this as a bashing of the manufacture/vendor - I just am annoyed that I'll have to forfeit my "ONE HUNDRED YEARS - All frames made of Titanium", warranty simply because I want to remove the unsightly stickers from my bike. And everyone to have a fair warning.
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    What about other decals?

    I just ordered a Fly Ti and want to go as decal-free as I can -- I think the whole thing will just look better in "stealth" (and there's a bunch o' logos aside from the frame). Has anyone tried removing them from the rims or shock? I'm guessing there's not much you can do about the tires...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jefflash View Post
    I just ordered a Fly Ti and want to go as decal-free as I can -- I think the whole thing will just look better in "stealth" (and there's a bunch o' logos aside from the frame). Has anyone tried removing them from the rims or shock? I'm guessing there's not much you can do about the tires...
    I haven't tried taking off the decals from the fork but the rims were as easy as peeling a sticker off. Seriously, it was very uneventful - it didn't even leave a residue. Just grab it with a nail and pull away. By the way the fork stickers look, i'm willing to bet it would be similar. The frame decals however required acetone and bit of elbow grease.

    Personally, debadged, I think the bike looks 10x better.

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    I debadge everything I own. Cars, bikes, motorcycles whatever. Today I received my Fly 9357 and the only thing I'm bummed about is that I can't get under the clearcoat without having to respray the entire frame.

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    why take the stickers off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegs View Post
    why take the stickers off?
    I speak for myself but to me you can't beat the aesthetics of something debadged or destickered. Clean lines for me is where its at. I'm thinking back and I know I've done it to every bike I owned but yeah many of my cars, and other motored toys as well. Hell I don't even like graphic tees.

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    I finally made the jump and removed the decals from my two motobecane titanium bikes. I first tried a rubber disk that attaches to a drill and that did work but made rub markings that I'd rather not have. I then tried the citristrip method suggested earlier in this thread and it worked great. Both bikes look perfect. There is a bit of ghosting but you wouldn't notice unless you looked closely.
    Keep in mind that there is no clear coat or paint on the frame so there were only decals to worry about. If your frame is painted or has a clear coat then you will have more variables to deal with.

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    If it isnt clear coated woah nelly are they really stuck on there. ((silver+ clear coat moto 300ht))

    The fork stickers peeled off as easily as a garbage pail kid. The frame ....definitely not.

    I actually like the branding but not a fan of the top tube sticker. Would love to remove and add a custom decal of my own there.

    Brings up a question...
    Ill assume theres no way to touch up paint the ones that are silver/clear coat ? I wont venture into power tool or scraping unless I know I can easily cover or clean up scuffs scratches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manmythlegend View Post
    If it isnt clear coated woah nelly are they really stuck on there. ((silver+ clear coat moto 300ht))

    The fork stickers peeled off as easily as a garbage pail kid. The frame ....definitely not.

    I actually like the branding but not a fan of the top tube sticker. Would love to remove and add a custom decal of my own there.

    Brings up a question...
    Ill assume theres no way to touch up paint the ones that are silver/clear coat ? I wont venture into power tool or scraping unless I know I can easily cover or clean up scuffs scratches.
    With paint/clearcoat, I would use a rubber pinstripe removal wheel (rubber wheel that attaches to a drill) to remove the decals (and clearcoat over them) and then I'd mask the area where you removed the decals and re-apply a layer of clearcoat.
    I am not a professional so no guarantees but that's how I'd do it if I were motivated to try given my current knowldege base. Good luck regardless...

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    [QUOTE=headspinner;7007112]Just put together my bike and not being a kid in elementary school, I too will be removing the BIG Motobecane advertisement. For assistance to those looking to remove the sticker, I haven't gotten to that point, but to give some light on how to remove the sticker glue that may remain, many of the comments I've read here I'm sure will work. One guaranteed way without having to go buy something you will only use for this one purpose, is to use what just about everyone has in there household. Been around for many, many years. it's WD-40.
    Just spray a moderate amount on a paper towel, and rub away. The glue will come off perfectly. Makes a great cleaning agent for stuff like this and has many other uses.
    An old saying...
    if it doesn't move and it should.. WD-40.
    If it moves and it shouldn't... Duct Tape.[/QUOTE

    Thread resurrection. I did a search and this thread came up. Tried everything to remove the sticker glue on my rims.

    WD-40 took the glue off like it was butter. Saved a lot of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim FtCO View Post
    Titanium is an absolutely *gorgeous* metal, functionally and aethestically... I took my decals off to let as much of that beautiful lustre and sheen come through.

    My experience with the Fly Team Ti, which took about 30 minutes, including set-time for the Citristrip, and which I did OUTSIDE (with a respirator, to boot - yes, I'm paranoid about this kind of stuff, even if the solvent is considered a "safer" product, whatever that means):

    Decals: Citristrip - which has a nice stays-where-you-put-it gel consistency, so unless you're sloppy, it's not going to be leaching all over the tubes and into places you absolutely don't want a highly effective solvent getting into. Follow the label directions, and the decals will wipe right off without the need for any abrasion or (yikes!) scraping. If you do the removal with the cables/housings/hoses still on, make sure you mask or, better yet, simply don't get the Citristrip on the housings as it will soften/dissolve them. You may need to repeat the application of Citristrip once or twice, depending on how thick you make each application and how long you leave it on to dissolve. To remove the "ghosting" of the letters that might persist after the macro removal, dab some Citristrip on a soft rag and keep rubbing the outlines with even pressure in a circular motion.

    Head tube badge: Blow a hairdryer on the headbadge so it loosens up the adhesive, and, when sufficiently soft/loosened, pull it off. You may need to "tease" the badge off, by which I mean you lift the badge off a little at a time, apply heat, lift, apply heat, lift, etc. Be careful to not burn yourself as the headbadge and surrounding area will get very hot. Any adhesive gum remaining on the headtube after removal of the badge can be removed with Citristrip, Goo-Gone, or similar solvents.

    To deactivate Citristrip residue and for general cleanup, soak a rag with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and wipe down areas that were in contact with the Citristrip.

    Separate but related: I wash my bikes with Ice Wax (or is Ice Wash? - I think Armor All makes it) car wash. Bought the big jug at Costco. I find it works great at removing dirt and grime with its detergency, and the protective thin wax it leaves behind makes the bikes (esp the Fly Ti) sparkle, and must help to slough off mud, grime, and sweat, certainly make subsequent washings more effective. However, it will not re-lube the chain, derailleur, sliders, and pivots for you, and it will not prevent damage done by a pressure washer used incorrectly, so all the other do's and don't-do's associated with prudent bicycle cleaning and upkeep still apply.
    I just wanted to post a follow-up and some credit to Jim FtCO. I used the above mentioned method with awesome results. Some have stated that there is a clear coat over the polished frame... I'm reasonably certain that this is incorrect. I think the Motobecane decals both on the top tube, and seatpost tube, as well as the Fly Team decal, are all heavy duty paint or something similar to what you would apply to a model plane (for those who used to do that like me). Jim's method of using the Citristrip worked wonderfully. I applied a liberal amount to the small Moto sticker, waited about 30 minutes, and brushed it with a medium bristled toothbrush. It needed more time, but was starting to flake. I would say the optimal amount of time realistically is 2 hours. At that point, you won't have to do a follow up application, as was the case with my Fly Team sticker. Apply liberally, wait 2 hours, brush it off, wipe clean, then wipe it totally with an alcohol soaked towel. Be sure to mask off all the cables and hydro hoses. No ghosting at all! I'll post a picture or two when I'm able later this week.

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    I just picked up the Fly Team titanium frame and fork. I would love to de-badge it. Can anyone confirm that the newer models are not clear coated. It certainly doesn't seem to be as it is very susceptible to oil marks from your hands. That suggests, at least to me, that it is bare metal. Any input would be appreciated.
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    Your's looks like the pre-tapered head tube version, which is the older style. Just put some Citri-Strip on it, leave it for an hour or more, and use an old toothbrush to rub them right off. There's no clear coat, it's just brushed and polished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allthatisman View Post
    Your's looks like the pre-tapered head tube version, which is the older style. Just put some Citri-Strip on it, leave it for an hour or more, and use an old toothbrush to rub them right off. There's no clear coat, it's just brushed and polished.
    Great. I'll give it a whirl. Thanks.
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    So I just tried the Citristrip. I tried it on the small Motobecane emblem on the seat tube. I let it sit for 1 hour and nothing! It didn't even soften the emblem. Apparently it needs to be on longer but I thought it would at least have some effect. Suggestions?

    EDIT: Leave the Citristrip on for at least 24 hours. The decals practically fall off at that point. Came out great. Pics to follow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dvn View Post
    So I just tried the Citristrip. I tried it on the small Motobecane emblem on the seat tube. I let it sit for 1 hour and nothing! It didn't even soften the emblem. Apparently it needs to be on longer but I thought it would at least have some effect. Suggestions?

    EDIT: Leave the Citristrip on for at least 24 hours. The decals practically fall off at that point. Came out great. Pics to follow.
    Do you have the pictures?

    I also heard blow dryer works well too?

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    Blow dryer won't work. Be patient with the Citristip. It may take a couple applications of at least 24 hours but it works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvn View Post
    Blow dryer won't work. Be patient with the Citristip. It may take a couple applications of at least 24 hours but it works great.

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    That's a gorgeous bike now. Man those stickers look so nasty, I am not ashamed of MOTO just the aesthetics. I can't wait to do mine. Thanks so much.

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    I only removed the top tube sticker since it was the biggest offender - don't mind the Motobecane logo.
    I used Goo Off and it was as painless as it gets - a matter of seconds. I squirted it on a piece of a paper towel and rubbed it away - that's it. I thought that the sticker left some minimal ghosting from less UV exposure underneath, but after a couple of weeks it wasn't there anymore.


    A month later I also removed the small round Motobecane decal from the seat tube (still in the attached photo.)


    I think it looks much cleaner now.
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    Moto stickers are on and stayin. Awwww don't like my Moto? Haters gonna hate. Haters gonna buy $3k Brands yet ride the same speed and skill as me. Haters gonna smirk. Haters gonna put another $500 in to outerwear. Hater's bike was built in the same ****ing factory by the same poor Koreans or Chinese. Haters ain't gonna buy you a bike. Haters gonna get all up in your business judging income levels and priorities in your face or behind your back. Haters gonna be good at biking but not know shit about raising kids or anything else shy of whiping their ass. Haters gonna wonder why you didn't fork out the other $1000 for a bike from their shop. Haters gonna be *****. Haters gonna hate, oh I mentioned that already.

    "Yah I own a Motobecane fat bike, the drop out design's ****ed up and the stock cranks blew out after hundred miles. Be cool and I'll offer a beer. Wanna race?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by homeslice View Post
    Moto stickers are on and stayin. Awwww don't like my Moto? Haters gonna hate. Haters gonna buy $3k Brands yet ride the same speed and skill as me. Haters gonna smirk. Haters gonna put another $500 in to outerwear. Hater's bike was built in the same ****ing factory by the same poor Koreans or Chinese. Haters ain't gonna buy you a bike. Haters gonna get all up in your business judging income levels and priorities in your face or behind your back. Haters gonna be good at biking but not know shit about raising kids or anything else shy of whiping their ass. Haters gonna wonder why you didn't fork out the other $1000 for a bike from their shop. Haters gonna be *****. Haters gonna hate, oh I mentioned that already.

    "Yah I own a Motobecane fat bike, the drop out design's ****ed up and the stock cranks blew out after hundred miles. Be cool and I'll offer a beer. Wanna race?"
    What the?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadsync View Post
    I only removed the top tube sticker since it was the biggest offender - don't mind the Motobecane logo.
    I used Goo Off and it was as painless as it gets - a matter of seconds. I squirted it on a piece of a paper towel and rubbed it away - that's it. I thought that the sticker left some minimal ghosting from less UV exposure underneath, but after a couple of weeks it wasn't there anymore.


    A month later I also removed the small round Motobecane decal from the seat tube (still in the attached photo.)


    I think it looks much cleaner now.
    You mean Goof Off? I'm using Citristrip as we speak - the first 24 hrs has gone by and the labels only partially came off. Trying a second application now and am going to leave it on for a couple of days. Any harm in that?

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    It usually dries up after that long. I found better results after a few hours only. 2 applications.

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    Goof Off, of course - wipes off easy.
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    Sure it wipes off easy, but it doesn't take off the logo paint with it.

    How many hours you spend sanding/polishing there? Right tool for the job.

    Goof off takes 10x more energy, I tried.

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    it was very quick, squirted some Goof Off on a napkin and rubbed the sticker off. It wasn't instant, of course, it did take a few wipes with a little force, but never the less it was fast - a minute or so for one side of the top tube. I also removed ugly Ritcheys logos from the handlebar using the same technique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpfeif View Post
    Keep in mind I think it voids the warranty to remove the decals...
    Describe this warranty please! lifetime on frame or?

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    http://www.motobecane.com/warranty/

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    Thanks for that, wow nice warranty

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    "Motobecane USA has quality control that almost completely eliminates defects"

    I had to kind of chuckle at that after reading through robn30's experience with the fly TI frame. Not that I think robn30's frame was a normal occurrence with Motobecane frames but it obviously goes against the "almost completely eliminates defects" statement

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