I read a good forum first on roadbikereview.com then I got started.
1. I put my bike on the rack outside to be well ventilated. I put on some rubber gloves, then brushed on the Jasco with a $.79 paint brush. I was careful to first remove the front tire as to not drip any of this on the tires as it might eat through the rubber.
2. I waited at least 15 minutes though it started bubbling right away..
3. I began scraping off the decals with my plastic scraper (still ended up with a couple minor scratches on the frame)
4. cleaned it up well and saw I was left with some residue and ghosting.
5. Took Goo-Gone to the rest with a clean rag. It did absolutely nothing.
6. Put on more Jasco to get the rest of the stuff off. Nothing.
7. Ended up using a 3M grey scrubbing pad with a little of my Pedros cleaner (probably could have used just water). This did the trick. I rubbed in the direction of the grain, which in this case was vertical (in relation to the tubes). Now it looks fantastic.
Explanation not needed, but here is one anyway:
In case you are one of those cynical people who thinks it is silly to remove the decals just because it is a Motobecane, well you are mistaken as that is not the case. I think 'bikes direct' bikes are fantastic and recommend them to people who are not brand snobs and who are looking for a great deal. I left the decals on my first Motobecane (Fantom Team), a bike I raced (and won) on. I simply like the clean look, especially on a raw frame. I also removed the decals on my raw Misfit Dissent (scroll back a few pages on the blog to see those pics) and I have also removed the decals from my rims (the Vuelta's and both sets of Stans Arches). I even took the decals off my Reba fork at one point, but the 2011's are so subtle I don't bother.
|Minutes after pasting on the Jasco.|
|Added Jasco to the top, started scraping the bottom.|
|You can see the residue and 'ghosting' on the bottom decal.|
|Another shot of the phantom decal (which actually looks kinda cool).|
|Rubbed the frame with the 3M pad and it cleaned it up with little effort.|
|Loving the finished product!|