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    How to dissolve old glue from tank roundel(s) and knee pads

    Got the roundels and knee pads off but goof off and goo gone don't even seem to soften this black substance from hell. . Any advice?? (74 R90/6)

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    Denatured Alcohol....?
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    WD40

    Works great and won't harm the paint.

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    I'll have to try some of those. Quit when sandblaster started looking like a smart move.

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    I'd be careful with the chemicals. Try a steamy hot wet towel to soften it up. Then if it's still resistant, Varsol or some variation of mineral spirits. I've also found that a hair dryer works pretty well to soften up the glue.

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    I removed mine off the tank and cowl using a heat gun (like a super hot hair dryer) and a tiny screwdriver to pry.

    Just don't use more heat than necessary.

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    3M makes an adhesive removed intended for just such applications.
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    If you need to dissolve a substance then the item involved needs more specific identification. You need to say if it is a painted roundel or a porcelain & what metal is involved & then others can avoid wild guesses as to what will safely dissolve the adhesive. Often times plain old carefully applied elbow grease works best.

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    I've tried a few glue/goo desolvers and {IMO} WD-40 and a few clean towels are still the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anyname View Post
    3M makes an adhesive removed intended for just such applications.
    Indeed they do and it's what I'd recommend as well. At body shop supply stores.
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    Well the roundel adhesive is completely gone now with a little soaking, but I've found nothing to soften the remnants where the knee pads were. Good news is that the painter says he has solvents for it and is happy I've done as much as I have. (so I'm off the hook. )

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    Hand sanitizer.....Takes off just about anything...

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    Ronsonal lighter fluid should work well for the roundels. Try Naphtha also.

    I am planning to remove the knee pads off of my K75. Please let us know what works for that.

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