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I need to remove the emblem from my gas tank. It has been epoxied on and I would like to remove it in one piece. Can someone here recommend a solvent or chemical that will soften the epoxy or glue so that the emblem can be removed?

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finding what works
will be a crap shoot .
do you know what epoxy was used ?

i would try some freeze spray .
It's fairly non-invasive ... if the badge isnt already some sort of cracked plastic .
Using a thin scraper blade to help lever , spray behind , into any crevice
and when the parts cool-contract , ¿ the epoxy might pop loose
, sticking to only one surface .

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Hi, Assume you mean a plastic badge. If it’s epoxied on, I don’t see how to save it. If it’s on with silicone RTV, maybe a piano wire would cut through enough to get it off. The plastic badge color is not really “moulded’ into the plastic. If I recall correct, it’s on the back surface, and likely will be damaged with any removal attempt anyhow. Sorry, not much help! ‘67 A65 badge? You might want to add the bike to your profile and signature for easy reference…..


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Acetone will soften epoxy. If silicone then brake fluid. Of course, either will ruin the paint and likely the badge..

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Originally Posted by DMadigan
Acetone will soften epoxy. If silicone then brake fluid. Of course, either will ruin the paint and likely the badge..

It will attack the plastic badge and wash the colour off it. I’d Stay away from anything that is a ketone or petroleum based.

You could go all nutty professor on it, wash the tank out with a tank cleaning solution and apply a blow lamp to the inside of the tank (remove the taps) the tank will get so hot that it will break the bond with the steel tank.

Down sides are:

You may not have removed all the fuel (I’ve done it twice and been lucky. You usually just get some fire out of the top)

If it’s a chrome tank then it might blue/yellow the chrome, these tanks aren’t as thick steel as exhaust pipes.

It will definitely destroy the paint and turn it to powder (which is why I do it)

And after all that it’ll be Sod’s law that the badges are still stubborn and stuck to the tank.


Final option, spend to accumulate. Buy some badges and smash the old ones off, then deal with the mess left behind.


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If it is held on with silicone, dental floss might be used like a garrote to cut through, sawing back and forth.

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Or some monofilament fishing line?
Might take a bit more stress.


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Well, what can I say? It’s stuck!

Thank you for your replies.

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