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How do I remove decal adhesive from my helmet?

I have a new Bell helmet (2005 M4 Pro). I am pulling off some of the stickers (the size decal and one large "Bell" decal) and they are leaving adhesive residue.

The helmet is polycarbonate, so most solvents will damage the surface...

What should I use to get the adhesive off?

Thanks in advance.

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Mike,

I use "Goo Gone" (citrus based) to remove adhesive from a variety of plastics with apparent sucess. I am not sure about Polycarbonate, but I would suggest you e-mail the folks and see what they say.
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You might also try WD40. It works pretty well removing adhesive residue.

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Thanks guys, both excellent answers. I have WD-40 in my garage, so I will give it a shot this evening.

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A hair dryer would be my first thought. WD-40 is also good for this.
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Good idea Jack. I will soften the large BELL decal with a hair dryer then yank it off... then clean with WD-40!
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Update....

I used a hair dryer to soften the decals. They pulled off easily.

Then, I sprayed some WD-40 into a rag and rubbed the adhesive. It came off immediately.

A bit of Windex sprayed onto a clean rag removed the WD-40 "oils" and it looks perfect!

Thanks for the advice.
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Peanut Butter.

Seriously. Smear some on and let it soak for 20 minutes. Repeat as necessary. A little more work that chemicals, but obviously no solvents to damage your helmet.
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Peanut Butter.

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Yeah, with a bit of jelly the helmet tastes real good too....

Seriously, it makes sense as the peanut oil would be the solvent and you do get that great (non-chemical) smell as well.
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Mike, you just removed at least 20 HP from your helmet, unless you replace "Bell" with "Type R", then you gain 10
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...And to think I thought my V-TECH sticker would give me the best gains!
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