How best to remove decals?

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    How best to remove decals?

    Has anyone ever removed the "warning" decals from the slide of a pistol with a factory laser sight? I'd like to get it off, but don't want to damage the finish. The usual solvents I use to clean my guns have not worked. Thanks to anyone with experience with this.
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    I have not removed stickers off of a gun, but off of many motorcycles...............try a blow dryer and peeling them off........then Goo Gone.

    Good luck.
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    Oh the hair dryer works too usually unless they are very stubborn. If not a heat gun will but keep it moving so as not to get things to hot. I normally use wd 40 never had it hurt anything, even paint. But not saying it wouldnt some finishes.

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    Well this probably will NOT work but on my rear windshield and side glass for my truck I always used a razor. I doubt you can do that on any type of finish without it ruining it but thats all i can think of :(

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    +1 on the hair dryer. Let the surface cool down after removal. Then the great all purpose duct tape will remove the rest. Just apply, let sit for about a minute and pull off. Repeated until the adhesive is gone. No scratches, etc.

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    Do NOT use a heat gun on or near the (plastic) housing of lasers.

    I would suggest WD40. Always seems to dissolve adhesives, and I have never seen it damage the finish on a gun. Just keep it off the laser's lens.
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    Am I the only one who sees the irony in putting a warning sticker on a laser...that's attached to a gun?
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    I would use a hair dryer and slowly peel it off while applying heat. A razor blade may help to get it started. Avoid heating the laser (remove, if possible) and clean up with goo gone. The tape idea also works to remove leftover bits of adhesive. Finish off with your favorite exterior anti-rust coating. Voila!

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    +1 on the hair dryer. It really works great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Topsider View Post
    Am I the only one who sees the irony in putting a warning sticker on a laser...that's attached to a gun?
    Yeah, ya think??? My thoughts exactly, but I smell a lawyer.........


    Thanks for the tips thus far. The sticker is on the slide, so this can be easily removed from the frame and away from the laser or lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boozehound View Post
    I have not removed stickers off of a gun, but off of many motorcycles...............try a blow dryer and peeling them off........then Goo Gone.

    Good luck.
    Exactly, I have done this many times to many surfaces and it always worked without damaging the surface it was on, including auto paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    Do NOT use a heat gun on or near the (plastic) housing of lasers.

    I would suggest WD40. Always seems to dissolve adhesives, and I have never seen it damage the finish on a gun. Just keep it off the laser's lens.
    Thats why I said keep it moving LOL.

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    Goof Off......

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    Razor blade, spit, thumb grease, fingernails....if anything is left, Goo Gone.

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