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I need to move a couple of frame protectors from the head tube of my bike but don't want to damage the paint in removing them. What's the best way of getting these off?

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+1 just for the irony... – mattnz Jul 14 '14 at 23:51
steam? You could see if a boiling kettle helps. Whatever else, it'll be pretty harmless – PeteH Jul 15 '14 at 6:21
up vote 5 down vote accepted

It depends on the type of adhesive. Sometimes it can be just pulled off. Sometimes the gentle heat of a hairdryer (not a heat gun) can weaken an adhesive and make it easier to remove.

Or you can try the use of GooGone or similar adhesive thinner/solvent (try on an inconspicuous place first to make sure it won't damage the finish).

Heat and solvent cover 90% of cases.

If the protector was epoxied on, then it is very hard to take off without damaging the finish.

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If you can get the frame protector off olive oil is generally a very good adhesive remover. – DWGKNZ Jul 15 '14 at 0:33
So is WD40, TriFlow, or any light oil. – RoboKaren Jul 15 '14 at 1:04
You don't put it directly on the protection. You try to peel up a corner and dab a bit in to weaken the adhesive, then keep on working it. (And the reason GooGone is used as paint prep is that as a strong cleanser it will remove all trace of oils and other contaminants from a surface. It can also damage some paints, so needs to be used with care -- as I specified in my answer). – RoboKaren Jul 15 '14 at 2:53
Have you even used the stuff? You might want to read the FAQ here: – RoboKaren Jul 15 '14 at 3:08
See also the response here (…) where Surly - the bike manufacturer - specifically recommends using adhesive remover (aka googone). – RoboKaren Jul 15 '14 at 5:17

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