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Any tips on stickers peeling?

RastRast Member Posts: 111
edited January 2013 in Collecting
Just rebuilt 7964 and all the stickers on the cylinders are starting to peal! any tips to get them back on before they get worst? thank you.

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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,471
    Once they have peeled, dirt gets under and they will lose their stick. I don't think there is much you can do to restore them.

    You can of course remove them completely and try to get new ones.
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,146
    Depending on the size I have taken a Q-tip before a wet it ever so lightly and then dabbed behind the sticker, that loosens up whatever is left for "stickyness". But, depending on dust, dirt, length of time separated from the brick it might just be easier, and look nicer, to take them off for now and try to source new ones from a place like bricklink.
  • lulwutlulwut Member Posts: 417
    I have the same issue on the same set. They're done for. I've tried wrapping a rubber band to help them stick but the stickers have completely lost their adhesion.

    Next time clean the area or apply the stickers before you touch the pieces. I pre-apply stickers on every set with stickers now.
  • CommanderRaabCommanderRaab Edinburgh, ScotlandMember Posts: 657
    i just never use the stickers - it ruins the look of some sets but I hate the idea of 1 time use stickers
  • RastRast Member Posts: 111
    Thanks alot I will try cleaning, and keep an eye out for new ones. I think its because there big stickers on a large round surface!
  • littletokilittletoki Member Posts: 519
    When I'm putting away a set that I've put stickers on, I take the leftover sticker sheet, wrap it around the piece and then wrap that with saran wrap. This prevents the stickers from getting dirty or curling up.

    I haven't encountered any issues with the image transferring off - so far, so good.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,471
    There seems to be a rule with stickers. If the design is good and you could use it elsewhere, it will be a sticker. If the design is bad and the piece is otherwise useless, it will be printed.
  • ravnutravnut South BrumMember Posts: 25
    Not tried it myself, but for peeling stickers that are still serviceable other than their loss of stickiness wouldn't a Pritt Stick be suitable?

    I would have thought it would be just the right consistency?
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,937

    When I'm putting away a set that I've put stickers on, I take the leftover sticker sheet, wrap it around the piece and then wrap that with saran wrap. This prevents the stickers from getting dirty or curling up.

    I haven't encountered any issues with the image transferring off - so far, so good.

    Huh? what?
  • akunthitaakunthita USAMember Posts: 1,038
    I use a standard glue-stick to fix peeling stickers. They don't damage LEGO and it gets the job done with no mess. Also, for sets where I absolutely want to make sure the stickers remain in good condition, I buy an extra sticker-sheet or two from BrickLink when the set is still in production. That way they are not so expensive. I keep the extra sticker sheets in a ziplock bag so they don't deteriorate.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,471
    I imagine more people are keeping electronic copies of photographs of the sticker sheets too, especially for the larger more expensive sets (which in my opinion should only have printed parts, not stickers). That way, they can always be reprinted years later if they are not available or too expensive on BL once the set is EOL.
  • trickydicky0880trickydicky0880 Member Posts: 134
    Like @akunthita, I use glue as well. I use a liquidy glue like elmer's glue with a Q-tip or a toothpick. I lift the sticker up gently, put barely enough glue under it, and then hold it down for a few minutes. It works well and just as akunthita said, it doesn't damage LEGO either.

    Funny that you've had that problem with 7964. I have had that same problem with the same set as well as 7163
  • CrownieCrownie WA StateMember Posts: 228
    For those that clean their pieces before applying the stickers, what do you use? I thought about a cotton swab dipped in a bit of rubbing alcohol, but will that somehow damage the plastic?

    I'm not sure if LEGO bricks even have any residue from the molding process left on them (releases, ect.), so just plain water never seemed like it'd be effective enough to bother.
  • OldfanOldfan Chicagoland, IL, USAMember Posts: 695
    lulwut said:

    I have the same issue on the same set. They're done for. I've tried wrapping a rubber band to help them stick but the stickers have completely lost their adhesion.

    Next time clean the area or apply the stickers before you touch the pieces. I pre-apply stickers on every set with stickers now.

    I always wash my hands before building nowadays; back when I was a kid, I can still remember seeing fingerprints all over my creations. Getting your hands as non-greasy as you can, and not touching the affected areas, should help.

    Of course, it will also help if you're not supposed to apply a thin rectangular sticker to a round 2x2 brick (I'm looing at you #7787 )...and it also helps if the sticker sheets are not crumpled and bent upon receipt (TLG is getting a little better at this).
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