Removing the Nanny Stickers

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Removing the Nanny Stickers

Post by OleanderSalad » Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:37 am

Anybody have suggestions on safely removing all the nanny stickers without messing up the finish underneath them?

It's not like I'm advocating operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol or even riding without a helmet. If I can get them off in one piece, I'll put them in my Ural scrapbook and review them on those rare nights when it's too cold to ride in South Texas. :lol:

(Actually, that's not a bad idea... I need to start a Ural scrap book)

I want to take off as many of the decals as legal and possible... Pretty sure I'm keeping this bike forever, but are there any I should leave on to keep from devaluing it?
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Re: Removing the Nanny Stickers

Post by Lofty » Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:57 am

I too remove safety warning stickers.

I've had good luck using a hair dryer and my fingernail.
Don't use a heat gun, and keep a credit card on hand for [gentle] scraping as required.

Goo Gone and patience for removal of residual adhesive.

Goof Off works, quite well, but the solvent base is too strong and may damage the underlying paint finish. I avoid it for such jobs. WD-40 is a bit gentler, but again, it may dull paint. Be careful.

The only time a safety decal has defeated me occurred on a Kawasaki, when the factory applied the clear coat over the decal itself. Oh well.
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Re: Removing the Nanny Stickers

Post by OleanderSalad » Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:58 am

Lofty wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:57 am
I too remove safety warning stickers.

I've had good luck using a hair dryer and my fingernail.
Don't use a heat gun, and keep a credit card on hand for [gentle] scraping as required.

Goo Gone and patience for removal of residual adhesive.

Goof Off works, quite well, but the solvent base is too strong and may damage the underlying paint finish. I avoid it for such jobs. WD-40 is a bit gentler, but again, it may dull paint. Be careful.

The only time a safety decal has defeated me occurred on a Kawasaki, when the factory applied the clear coat over the decal itself. Oh well.
Thanks again mister!
I had the same clear coat problem on a Yamaha.
I was thinking of using Hopps No. 9 to get the goo off, but probably not a good idea---no matter HOW much I like the aroma. :)
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Re: Removing the Nanny Stickers

Post by GHGoodwin » Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:01 am

Hair dryer. Orange oil. Popsicle stick. Mineral Spirits. Patience.
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Re: Removing the Nanny Stickers

Post by chaos2 » Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:44 am

And get them off asap. On mine the paint not covered by the sticker faded, leaving a permanent reminder.
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Re: Removing the Nanny Stickers

Post by bakerchp18 » Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:01 am

I have had the BEST LUCK with WD-40 and a safety scraper or credit card. Start around the edges and let it seep in. Work slowly and you will be very happy. I have removed a lot of dealer stickers and even emblems. Good Luck.
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Re: Removing the Nanny Stickers

Post by RC20 » Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:06 pm

I just lifted a corner and peeled them off.
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Re: Removing the Nanny Stickers

Post by Kaliram » Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:53 pm

#1 in using the hair dryer. It softens the adhesive and makes the removal easy-peasy...
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Re: Removing the Nanny Stickers

Post by Mr Wazzock » Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:22 pm

Interesting, mine never had anything like this.
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Re: Removing the Nanny Stickers

Post by AndyH » Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:42 pm

Mr Wazzock wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:22 pm
Interesting, mine never had anything like this.
Maybe the Euro models don't?
Mine had a sticker but it was small (1"x1") and at the base of the tank near the seat. My guess is that it was an Australian Design Regulation requirement like stickers on helmets. Came off no issues, peeled.
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Post by Mr Wazzock » Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:49 pm

It's possible the dealer might have took any off. But yeah also possible don't apply in Europe.
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Re: Removing the Nanny Stickers

Post by VWK75S » Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:58 am

Takes a little patience but the sun works best.
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Re: Removing the Nanny Stickers

Post by :FI:Igor » Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:52 am

WD-40 and finger nails.
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Re: Removing the Nanny Stickers

Post by OleanderSalad » Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:25 pm

Turns out WD40 and fingernails was all that was needed to remove ALL SEVEN (yeah seven) nanny-state stickers---and the WD40 was optional. They all peeled off without any *residue left behind.

*Except for the one informational sticker with the VIN No. (redacted). That one left behind a cool pattern of the word 'void' repeating over and over. Damn! I guess this means they won't let me into California. :)

Oh well.
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Re: Removing the Nanny Stickers

Post by Lofty » Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:53 pm

OleanderSalad wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:25 pm
Turns out WD40 and fingernails was all that was needed to remove ALL SEVEN (yeah seven) nanny-state stickers---and the WD40 was optional. They all peeled off without any *residue left behind.

*Except for the one informational sticker with the VIN No. (redacted). That one left behind a cool pattern of the word 'void' repeating over and over. Damn!
That one serves as a legal identifier for the sake of titling the vehicle after each sale. It wasn't a nanny sticker. Surprised you removed it. Hopefully the underlying Void markings (which are there for a reason) don't cause you any heartache if or when you decide to sell your Ural.
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