A lot of people complain about the graphics used on most Surly bikes. You know the ones; the scribbly logo that's supposed to look like it was scrawled on:
Well, I've never really had a problem with the graphics or the logos on my Surly Long Haul Trucker, until I started to notice that they were peeling and chipping away on both the top tube and the down tube:
For some reason, I don't have any aesthetic problems with my homemade election sign mudflap, or my chainstay slapguard made out of old innertubes, or the fact that I keep an old toe strap wrapped around my headtube (you know, just in case I ever need one), but having peeling decals on my bike was more than I could bear. I can't explain it, especially since it's not like my Surly is any sort of show bike. It's the bike I use for carrying large amounts of shit, riding in the rain and the muck, camping, touring, and the like. Regardless, I decided that what was left of the decals had to go.
Since the Surly decals aren't underneath any sort of clear coat, I figured they'd be pretty easy to scrape off with help from a little heat. I grabbed the hairdryer, a few different credit cards, and some WD-40 and got down to work. I found that heating a small area for about 30 seconds or so, then moving in and scraping with the credit card worked better than trying to heat and scrape an area at the same time. Once the decals were scraped off, a quick wipedown with WD-40 took care of all the sticky glue residue that was left behind. Some people use things like acetone or nail polish remover for removing adhesive, but I find that WD-40 works better, and there's no possibility of it messing up the underlying paint or clear coat.
20 minutes or so later, I was rewarded with a sparkly-clean top tube and downtube:
Aaaaahhhhh, that's much better.
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