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Dare I try to remove these stickers ?

By undrdog

1 year ago


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    #1 1 year ago

    Is removing these stickers likely to pull up the paint?

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    #2 1 year ago

    I wouldn't. They are part of the machines story, it's past. Kinda cool. That's just my opinion of course.

    If you want to do a full restore then try, worst case you hunt for an apron..

    #3 1 year ago

    Almost guaranteed the paint is going to go with them. Oh, and if you clean that apron with alcohol to get the residue off, you'll probably end up taking up paint as well. That was my experience with the Future Spa I had.

    #4 1 year ago

    They are part of the story, but a very ugly part.

    What should I clean up the apron with? Just a damp rag?

    #5 1 year ago

    Whoever stuck them on did a pretty good job balancing them. If one was off balance it would bother me to no end.

    #6 1 year ago

    apron’s do not tolerate any cleaning without removing paint is my experience

    #7 1 year ago

    Novus 1 is doing a nice job. Not getting it all off, but looks a lot better.
    Novus on the right. Original dirt center

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    #8 1 year ago

    Try some WD-40 to get the stickers off. Let it soak a few minutes.

    #9 1 year ago

    Gottlieb aprons (at least system 1 era) don't take kindly to anything being rubbed on them and will likely lift or smear the paint.

    #10 1 year ago

    1980 Bally Mystic apron didn’t tolerate a damp rag.

    What I’m working on now is 1964 Williams machine, Heat Wave.

    Not doing a real restore, just cleaning it up.

    #11 1 year ago

    If you decide to take them off, what's the backup plan if the paint comes along w/it?

    #12 1 year ago
    Quoted from mbwalker:

    If you decide to take them off, what's the backup plan if the paint comes along w/it?

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    #13 1 year ago

    "It was that way when I got it. Some dumbass must have tried to take the sticker off."

    Seriously, I thought I might set a WD40 soaked piece of cardboard on one, and test on a corner. If it lifts the paint, all I have is a little corner that's bad under a curled up little sticker corner.

    #14 1 year ago

    Use a paper towel soaked with WD40 and let it set, if nothing happens leave it alone. Like everyone else states the paint will come off in a heartbeat if you are even slightly aggressive.

    #15 1 year ago
    Quoted from undrdog:

    "It was that way when I got it. Some dumbass must have tried to take the sticker off."
    Seriously, I thought I might set a WD40 soaked piece of cardboard on one, and test on a corner. If it lifts the paint, all I have is a little corner that's bad under a curled up little sticker corner.

    I had rock hard masking tape on my Card Whiz. Go to this thread to see my results with WD40.
    "How to remove this rock hard masking tape" It worked perfect, PATIENCE is the word on this.

    #16 1 year ago

    use a heat gun

    #17 1 year ago

    It’s starting to work. The WD probably had an easier time soaking thru masking tape than this metallic sticker.

    #18 1 year ago

    Unless you plan to restore it, enjoy the patina/history. Even without stickers that apron is no show pony.

    #19 1 year ago

    Even if the stickers do come off (and don't pull up the paint) the colors underneath them will be a different shade, most likely.

    #20 1 year ago

    Been working on it a little at a time all afternoon, between breaks in my real job. It’ll look fine with some beige stickum. I’m just glad to be rid of the silver sticker layer.

    #21 1 year ago

    Compressed air can sprayed upside down would freeze the glue.. not sure if the paint would come with it but that would be the safest way without using chemicals to get the stickers off.

    #22 1 year ago

    WD is not bothering the paint. I’m thinking of trying it to remove ordinary grime on the upper apron. Novus 1 is doing a half way job, and not hurting anything.

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    #23 1 year ago

    And, here we go.

    Some WD-40, a bit of patience, a little elbow grease, a health insurance card, a credit card, and finally a plastic ice scraper got the job done. I'm thrilled with the result.

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    #24 1 year ago
    Quoted from undrdog:

    And, here we go.
    Some WD-40, a bit of patience, a little elbow grease, a health insurance card, a credit card, and finally a plastic ice scraper got the job done. I'm thrilled with the result.[quoted image]

    Chalk that up as a W

    #25 1 year ago
    Quoted from ectobar:

    Chalk that up as a W

    A WD!

    #26 1 year ago

    Eh oh!
    Be sure to tip your waiters!

    #27 1 year ago

    Yes, attempt to remove them. Walmart Garage Sale Stickers. They look recent.

    #28 1 year ago

    Thank you everyone!

    #29 1 year ago

    Much better...

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    #30 1 year ago

    Just checked back up on this. Nice job.

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