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Removing "melted" hoods from levers?

Old 07-16-19, 10:56 PM
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Removing "melted" hoods from levers?

I have a nice set of drilled Dia-compe levers that I want to use but....the original hoods melted onto the levers. I have tried everything I could think to remove the old hood residue. Does anyone have a solution for removing the old, melted hood junk?



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Old 07-16-19, 11:02 PM
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WD-40 and a brass tooth brush or maybe a buffing wheel on a bench grinder?
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Good old fashioned charcoal lighter fluid works well.........
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Originally Posted by r0ckh0und View Post
Good old fashioned charcoal lighter fluid works well.........
After you throw the match?
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Try some strong ammonia or ammonia based cleaner. It's a solvent for many types of rubber, latex, even India ink and calligraphy inks. Soak a cotton ball in the stuff and lay it on the goo overnight. See if it softens it up some.
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Have you tried Goo Gone?
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Old 07-17-19, 05:38 AM
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I'm in the same situation for the second time. First was with a Fuji Del Ray last year. If I remember correctly, WD-40 and a plastic scraper so as to not scratch the metal did the trick. Hopefully I'll have the same luck on the 710 Miyata!

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Good thread and good to know these ideas. I have a pair of superbe levers with melted hoods I'd like to save.
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Wrap them in a soaked rag of Goof Off and let them sit for 10-15 minutes like that. Might work.

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Heat gun and a plastic scraper has worked for me. Might need to finish it off with some GooGone.
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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
Wrap them in a soaked rag of Goof Off and let them sit for 10-15 minutes like that. Might work.

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I thought that Goof Off was what I do on days when I have nothing to do.
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Originally Posted by Last ride 76 View Post
After you throw the match?
All joking aside........the lighter fluid works quite well
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed View Post
WD-40 and a brass tooth brush or maybe a buffing wheel on a bench grinder?
Yeah, I really love my brass-bristle brushes. I get them in the plumbing supply aisle at the hardware store. Brass brushes don't scratch steel or aluminum.
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Old school foamy carb cleaner, Gumout, Gunk, Berryman's , etc. not the evaporating kind.

Also works great on handlebar tape residue.

Nasty stuff, works wonders, absolutely NOT environmentally friendly.
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
Have you tried Goo Gone?
I tried a product called Goof Off without success. The old rubber repeals all the products i have tried.
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Originally Posted by vintagerando View Post
I tried a product called Goof Off without success. The old rubber repeals all the products i have tried.
The carburetor cleaner will not fail, you may have to soak and scrape off the bulk.
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Originally Posted by vintagerando View Post
I tried a product called Goof Off without success. The old rubber repeals all the products i have tried.
Wow. Thought that'd take off anything.

Have you tried a dip in MEK?

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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
wow. Thought that'd take off anything.

Have you tried a dip in mek?

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mek?
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^^^Methyl Ethyl Ketone....might be a component of Goof Off and or Goo Gone.
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OK, here is my Before and After. And as I can see, a bit more needs to be removed that I didn't notice when I put the new tape on.

Oh, and to get all of that off? PLIERS, pulling off the big pieces...WD-40 to remove some of the tacky pieces...plastic board to scrape and remove the rest.
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This stuff might be worth a try if looking for an alternative to harsh solvents:



I use it on all sorts of stubborn glues and stuck-on residue. Works really good. It's like a really strong orange cleaner.
Believe I got this at Home Depot. Possibly Lowe's. You'd still need to scrape off the big chunks first.
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