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removing decals from metal cabinets

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« on: November 05, 2007, 06:31:47 AM »

What is the best way to remove decals from metal cabinets?
The radio in question is a Viking Valiant.

« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2007, 07:32:51 AM »

There is a chemical formulated just for this purpose - GOOF OFF. It greatly softens the tape/decal adhesive, but leaves the harder paint untouched. I've used it on many radios without damaging the existing paint, including wrinkle, satin, hammertone finishes. But, of course, test in an inconspicuous area before performing the treatment. I've tried rubbing alcohol, but it never worked as good as this stuff is.

You'll find it in nearly any hardware store.

This, of course, assumes you are not talking paint-on-paint - that would be a challenge to remove. In that case, you can either live with it, touch-up paint over it, of have the front panel completely repainted by one fo the guys around who specialize in johnson radio restoration.

David Goncalves
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2007, 08:08:10 AM »

Thanks for the Goof Off suggestion. I will see if Home Depot carries it.
Would you know any of the names or links to the people who restore
the Viking Cabinets?
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2007, 09:33:16 AM »

I've used goof off. It does work.  I usally try using WD-40 for the gummy labels and old masking tape. Easy to come buy and has a 2ndary use as a lube.. it works for me...   klc

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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2007, 10:22:22 AM »

Also sold as a product called 'Goo Gone' in a spray bottle. Made more for removing gum from price tags and such. A paper towel soaked in hot water left in place for a minute or so should do the trick, if they are water-transfers.


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