Removing GULF decals without damaging paint underneath

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Removing GULF decals without damaging paint underneath
Posted by CNW Lover on Monday, July 08, 2019 4:51 PM

I have an American Flyer GULF tank car that I'd like to change to CLARK.  However, I need ro remove the GULF decal before I can apply the CLARK decal in its place. 

I don't want to strip the car down completely, but would like to keep the silver paint on the car. 

Is there a way to safely remove the GULF signs without damaging the silver paint underneath?

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Ed

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, July 08, 2019 7:20 PM

You might be able to pull them up a bit at a time with scotch tape.  I've never tried it intentionally, but I have done it accidentally.  FYI, there's a good chance the color under the decal will differ from the rest of the car due to ageing.

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Posted by Roger Carp on Tuesday, July 09, 2019 9:26 AM

Hi Ed,

 

Please contact me at Classic Toy Trains for help with your decal removal.

Thanks,

 

Roger Carp

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262-796-8776 ext. 253

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Posted by CNW Lover on Friday, July 12, 2019 1:02 PM

Attempted to contact you using your website "contact the editor" page, but it locked up. 

If you could include the information / process here, I'd appreciate it.  I'm extremely hard of hearing so don't like to call as I only understand a fraction of what is being said.

Thanks so much for understanding.

Ed

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Posted by Roger Carp on Friday, July 12, 2019 3:41 PM

Hi Ed,

 

You can reach me via email at rcarp@classictoytrains.com

 

I want to get your name and city and state--and permission to send your question to Joe Mania, who does our magazine's questions & answers column. He may have additional insights to help you. Thanks, Roger

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Posted by CNW Lover on Monday, July 15, 2019 10:23 AM

Thanks to everyone who replied to my post. 

Strangely, I was able to remove the GULF decals by putting a wet kleenex over them and letting them sit for a bit before scraping them off with my finger nail. 

Came off nice and easy with no damage to the paint underneath.  And, luckily, the paint under the decals is not discolored so putting on the CLARK decals I want to make should be easy and (I'm hoping) will look great.

Again, thank you!

Ed

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