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Offline hawknole

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Removing old pinball decals
« on: January 10, 2023, 12:02:02 PM »
Shot this over the weekend…


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Re: Removing old pinball decals
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2023, 12:07:11 PM »
Don't drop that hot decal on your toes!

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Re: Removing old pinball decals
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2023, 12:45:21 PM »
Incredibly helpful thanks!   Always wondered what the best way to do this was.  Thankfully the only table I considered doing it to is now gone...
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Re: Removing old pinball decals
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2023, 05:04:44 PM »
Used this same method to remove vehicle graphics on Police cars for years. Works and yes the old sticker gets hot as hell so don't let it come in contact with your skin.. Just make sure you don't get it too hot or it will damage the surface and yellow or burn it

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Re: Removing old pinball decals
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2023, 06:00:39 PM »
I haven't done a decal cab yet but I'm glad I saw this!
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Re: Removing old pinball decals
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2023, 09:15:59 PM »
T.F. makes it look easy.  He has done it hundreds of times.  The heat gun stays close, like you see in the video.  He moves pretty quick.  I think the decal starts to smoke once during the video.  That is an indication that it is getting too hot.  You will still end up with glue residue, that will need to be sanded off.  Then bondo or wood filler and that has to be sanded smooth, all imperfections will show through the new decal.  Then a coat of paint to help the decal stick and fill in the smallest cracks, that is sanded too.  The new decals are crap compared to the originals but that's just the way it is.
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Re: Removing old pinball decals
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2023, 11:40:53 PM »
i hate to be THAT guy...lol. but he didn't remove the decal. he removed the paint, and the decal just happened to be in the way. :)

there should be no glue left.
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Re: Removing old pinball decals
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2023, 11:51:35 PM »
Understood, that piece was pretty smooth and virtually glue free, I have seen it not go as well and leave residue.

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Re: Removing old pinball decals
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2023, 11:59:04 PM »
that side in the video came out as perfect as one could ever hope for. ;D

i've had the other end of the equation, simply using the "safe" citristrip, trying to save a Food Fight cabinet. it did not end well. :(
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Re: Removing old pinball decals
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2023, 08:58:17 AM »
did it leave any glue behind?  if so how did you remove the glue?
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Re: Removing old pinball decals
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2023, 10:03:38 AM »
If glue residue is left behind you can try to heat & scrape it again or just sand if off

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Re: Removing old pinball decals
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2023, 02:43:23 PM »
I dunno about Pinball decals, but I've used a heat gun to remove side art on arcade cabinets (video games)
and they come right off with no residue.  I've also got some control panel overlay stickers to come off, but I prefer to get those sandblasted. 

I WISH I would have known about this method years ago - I used to painstakingly scrape stuff off for hours.
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Re: Removing old pinball decals
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2023, 05:31:57 PM »
CitraStrip is great for removing any glue residue.

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Re: Removing old pinball decals
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2023, 01:26:25 PM »
Forget that! 80 grit belt sander and it's gone.