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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    steam? You could see if a boiling kettle helps. Whatever else, it'll be pretty harmless
    – PeteH
    Jul 15, 2014 at 6:21

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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.

  • If you can get the frame protector off olive oil is generally a very good adhesive remover.
    – DWGKNZ
    Jul 15, 2014 at 0:33
  • So is WD40, TriFlow, or any light oil.
    – RoboKaren
    Jul 15, 2014 at 1:04
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    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, 2014 at 2:53
  • Have you even used the stuff? You might want to read the FAQ here: googone.com/FAQs.aspx
    – RoboKaren
    Jul 15, 2014 at 3:08
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    See also the response here (bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/5636/…) where Surly - the bike manufacturer - specifically recommends using adhesive remover (aka googone).
    – RoboKaren
    Jul 15, 2014 at 5:17

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