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Side decal remover

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:42 am
by Redpepsi31
Hi.
Really struggled with removing the original side decals from all 4 side panels but all of them were chipped faded etc. and were in poor condition so they needed to come off.
I was able to remove the decal with a hair dryer
This was quite successful although certain colours in particular the gold was a real pain and wouldn't shift without serious thumbnail scratching.
My problems really began when trying to remove the adhesive/glue residue left behind after removing the decal.
I've bought vans before and had no such problems removing the signage etc , I assume this is because the decals have been aftermarket whereas the Mazda ones i guess have been on since the Bongo was new.
I started with wd40 then white spirit , thinners , gluegoo or such like none of which touched the glue.
I then popped down to a local bodyshop and quizzed them about how they tackle similiar problems.
The result was the purchase of 4 cans of Rolec bond breaker. 2 x new formula and 2 x thixotropic.
This stuff really works ideally used on a warmish day but without direct sunlight as this will cause the solvent to evaporate too quickly.
It turns the glue to mush allowing you to scrape it off although i must say when it was originally fitted it certainly wasn't meant to come off!
I used all 4 cans and it cost circa £24.00 but i believe it was well worth it as i honestly couldn't work out how i was going to shift it otherwise.
The Bongo's off to the bodyshop tomorrow for some rear wheelarch repairs then i can put my billabong aftermarket decals on to the lower door sections between both wheel arches.

Re: Side decal remover

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:27 pm
by Flanners
Why did they not sell you one of these as bodyshops I have used use them, I used heat and it was a PITA, this is far quicker and easier:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Powertec-Str ... XQiNdRcTNK

Re: Side decal remover

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:45 am
by steveri010
Flanners wrote:
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:27 pm
Why did they not sell you one of these as bodyshops I have used use them, I used heat and it was a PITA, this is far quicker and easier:

transfert cdg
Hello!
This is my first time here and I just want to say that I’m very happy to be here and to share my opinion.
Thanks!

Re: Side decal remover

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:06 am
by cmm303
steveri010 wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:45 am
Flanners wrote:
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:27 pm
Why did they not sell you one of these as bodyshops I have used use them, I used heat and it was a PITA, this is far quicker and easier:

transfert cdg
Hello!
This is my first time here and I just want to say that I’m very happy to be here and to share my opinion.
Thanks!
A very warm welcome to the forum which I hope you'll find useful. Here's hoping you have plenty of opportunities to share your experience and thoughts, they are always welcome.
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Re: Side decal remover

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:20 pm
by Bob
Welcome from me, too. 8)

And do ask anything you like, as Chris says, we're a friendly crew. :)

Re: Side decal remover

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:46 am
by martix011
Redpepsi31 wrote:
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:42 am
Hi.
Really struggled with removing the original side decals from all 4 side panels but all of them were chipped faded etc. and were in poor condition so they needed to come off.
I was able to remove the decal with a hair dryer
This was quite successful although certain colours in meilleurs credits immo particular the gold was a real pain and wouldn't shift without serious thumbnail scratching.
My problems really began when trying to remove the adhesive/glue residue left behind after removing the decal.
I've bought vans before and had no such problems removing the signage etc , I assume this is because the decals have been aftermarket whereas the Mazda ones i guess have been on since the Bongo was new.
I started with wd40 then white spirit , thinners , gluegoo or such like none of which touched the glue.
I then popped down to a local bodyshop and quizzed them about how they tackle similiar problems.
The result was the purchase of 4 cans of Rolec bond breaker. 2 x new formula and 2 x thixotropic.
This stuff really works ideally used on a warmish day but without direct sunlight as this will cause the solvent to evaporate too quickly.
It turns the glue to mush allowing you to scrape it off although i must say when it was originally fitted it certainly wasn't meant to come off!
I used all 4 cans and it cost circa £24.00 but i believe it was well worth it as i honestly couldn't work out how i was going to shift it otherwise.
The Bongo's off to the bodyshop tomorrow for some rear wheelarch repairs then i can put my billabong aftermarket decals on to the lower door sections between both wheel arches.
Hello!
This is a good article because there are many tips and also many advices that will be very useful to me.

Re: Side decal remover

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 2:36 pm
by Bongo Brain
Flanners wrote:
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:27 pm
Why did they not sell you one of these as bodyshops I have used use them, I used heat and it was a PITA, this is far quicker and easier:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Powertec-Str ... XQiNdRcTNK
Sorry to be late to the party. (Almost a year late! lol) But someone recently mentioned these wheel-decal-remover devices, and I hadn't seen them before. So belated thanks for posting that link. Hmmm, I really should get around to removing the decals on my van - they're not in awful condition - but I think the van will look better without them.

Cheers :D

Re: Side decal remover

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:28 am
by Bongo Brain
Quick question folks....
I want to remove the decals on my van. They're not in awful condition - in fact, they're not bad, give the age of the vehicle (I'm pretty sure they're original) Do those "Toffee Wheel" attachments last long, or do they wear down quite quickly?

I just want to know whether I need to order two... or perhaps more?
Cheers again all

Re: Side decal remover

Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:08 pm
by Flanners
Make sure they have not been lacquered over....the wheels are designed to wear like an eraser, are you removing all the decals if you are get a couple.

Re: Side decal remover

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:57 pm
by ever after.
Took most of the decals off my van during the week getting it ready for paint.

All it took was a hairdryer, petrol and patience :lol:

Re: Side decal remover

Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:59 pm
by HenryClarkson
+1 for toffee wheel. I tried everything else. Best 6 quid ever.

Re: Side decal remover

Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 2:15 pm
by Stevievee
Just to add to this post, I have just removed the ‘Aero’ decals from the doors of the van. Bit of elbow grease and a hairdryer for the top layer, but I know that lots of people have had issues with removing the glue residue underneath.

https://www.aonetools.co.uk/product/sea ... nt-cleaner

I used this and it was fantastic. Quick wipe over, wipe off, job done!!