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  1. Mr X Metal

    Mr X Metal Oakley Enthusiast

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    I have a few pairs of flak jackets and fuel cells that I plan to either paint myself or send off to have custom work done.

    What are the best techniques of removal as well as reinstalling the icons? I keep seeing super glue--but that seems like it would make them very difficult to remove if I decide to re-do them at a later date.
     
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  2. da_nige

    da_nige Oakley Enthusiast

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    Flaks are easy. They just pop off with your nail because they sit raised from the frame. Use double sided tape to re-apply.

    Fuel cells and any others heat the frames for a bit - I put them on a radiator. Once they're warm the glue weakens then poke out with a knife. Again double sided tape to reapply.

    Neil
     
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  3. Mr X Metal

    Mr X Metal Oakley Enthusiast

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    Double sided tape. Good call. I sorta feel dumb for not considering that.
     
  4. rthomas218

    rthomas218 Oakley Enthusiast

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    I run the frame under warm/hot water and use a very small needle to gently lift the icon out. 9 times out of 10 I can get the original glue to stay on the icon. I then set the icons on the sticky side of 3m blue painters tape to either paint or store..
    Here is a wind jacket I just did. Used original adhesive.
    Best Practices For Removing And Reinstalling Icons? - 20140716_215735.jpg
     
  5. rthomas218

    rthomas218 Oakley Enthusiast

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    If the glue happens to come off I found that 2 sided tape from phone repair kits work best. Ultra thin and very sticky.
     
  6. RexxCastle

    RexxCastle Oakley Enthusiast

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    Since I started using cerakote I've had to remove the icons from probably about 30 pairs of glasses. The method that I found works best is to get a blow dryer in heat the inside part of the ARM behind the icon for about 45 seconds to 1 minute getting it nice and hot then use a small needle or what I use is a small flat head screwdriver for my lens repair kit and the icons usually come off without losing any of the adhesive. You do not want to use the blow dryer on the icon side because then it will heat up the adhesive on the wrong side and it will actually peel away from the icon instead of peeling away from the frames.

    Once you get them off you will need a place to put them. Take a piece of clear packing tape and stick it to a piece of paper then place the icons on the tape making sure you are sticking them on the non sticky side of it. It will create a surface similar to that that a sticker is stuck on so that it peels right off without your Adhesive
     
    Last edited: 7/16/14
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  7. rthomas218

    rthomas218 Oakley Enthusiast

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    Good call on stating the back side of the icon. That's where I run the hot water.