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Are they under the clear coat or over? Makes a big difference. If over, yeah, something like Goof Off or acetone is harmless to the carbon/clear coat if they just won't peel off.

If under the clear coat, start sanding, and stop if you hit black powder. I sanded some decals under the clear coat off some asian 50mm deep-v carbon clinchers. Took about 4hrs for all 12 decals. 3 per side each wheel. Then, I hit it with clear coat from the local big box home store in flat clear, wet sand to smooth it....sweet looking now.
 

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Recommend starting with a hair dryer to heat the stickers and peel them off. Then remove any leftover adhesive with something fairly benign like Goof-Off.

Actually, Goof-Off is benign to your paint (unlike acetone), but not so benign to your body, so do it outside.

Are the stickers just beat up and ugly? I really like that HED uses reflective tape in it's stickers. Wonderful safety feature. Every wheel should have it.
 

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Are the stickers just beat up and ugly? I really like that HED uses reflective tape in it's stickers. Wonderful safety feature. Every wheel should have it.
They look fine, but I'm buying a new rear HED wheel with graphics that don't match the older HED front wheel, therefore I want to remove the old decals to de-emphasize the mismatch.

The new HED Belgium rim graphics are painted rather than applied with a decal.

Since I don't ride at night, reflective decals serve no purpose for me.
 
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