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 Post subject: Cleaning stickers
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:33 pm 
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Ok... I've stickered a puzzle and used super glue to make sure they stuck. The problem is my big fingers and tiny stickers make for a bad combination and needless to stay I have some minor smudges on a few stickers where the super glue got on my fingers. I've tries cleaning it off with IPA and that didn't help much. I'm tempted to try some acetone but I don't want to disolve the stickers or the shapeway printed puzzle in the process. Any tips or ideas? Its not bad as is but it just bothers me that I know it could look better.

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning stickers
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:44 pm 
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Shapeways material is completely agnostic to acetone. If memory serves, so is the dye. I couldn't be sure about the stickers but you could try that on a scrap piece of Vinyl easily.
Did you use the superglue for securing the stickers? I don't know how small they are but that seems unnecessary for me, I've never had to glue stickers.

I would just start over and apply new stickers. That seems much easier than trying to find a way to remove the superglue from them. Hint for next time, use a blade, screwdriver, credit card and stick a corner of the sticker to it. Then you can use that to align it and press it in place when you're satisfied.

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning stickers
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:57 pm 
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Thanks. To be honest I didn't even try the stickers without the glue. They may have stuck just fine. Its just from my experience that stickers don't stick well to the SWF material used by shapeways. My first printed puzzle was a Floppy 2x2x3 from Oskar with the round stickers. I think some of the stickers had even fallen off in shipping. Though maybe its something about me. My Pyraminx Crystal from Mefferts has tiles on it and had been sitting on a shelf for about a year when I went to pick it up to be packed for my latest move. I had noticed one tile had fallen off and was sitting next to the puzzle on the shelf. 3 more fell off when I picked it up. So maybe I'm over doing it with the super glue but I'm just not a fan of stickers (or tiles) which fall off.

As for using a knife... I was. I picked up the stickers by a corner and tried to apply them to the puzzle. I'd press down of the sticker with my thumb then try to pull the knife out and found the sticker prefered to stick to the knife over the puzzle but that could easily be the super glue hadn't dried yet and was keeping the sticker from sticking to the puzzle.

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning stickers
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:20 am 
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If you insist on using superglue for your stickers, use superglue gel. It is much easier to control where the glue goes than the watery stuff. However, it is more expensive :(

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning stickers
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:25 am 
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Gus wrote:
If you insist on using superglue for your stickers, use superglue gel.
I was/am.

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning stickers
PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:56 pm 
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My recommended way of applying small stickers can be seen at 7.42 of this video.
I doubt very much if you will ever be able to clean stickers of Super Glue. Pretty sure it will leave some discolouration whatever.

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning stickers
PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:46 am 
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Tony Fisher wrote:
My recommended way of applying small stickers can be seen at 7.42 of this video.
Thanks! That helps.

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