Do you even re-label bro?????

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    I’m finally back at it relabeling some stuff
    Almost done with the here and there projects then the huge Cali theme relabeling starts

    Anyone need de-label tips post here

    I’ve done just a bit of this

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    Oh and here’s a random dragon fruit from my yard that was really pretty looking when it ripened

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    Question re: label removal...

    I haven't re-labeled a tonne of chips (at least compared to some) but I see a lot of chips that look like the inlays were removed really clean, without gouging the chip underneath. Whenever I've done it, it seems like I inevitably end up gouging the chip underneath the label with the hobby knife. Is there a technique to this process that would have avoid this? Am I just too aggressive with the knife?
     
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    Question re: label removal...

    I haven't re-labeled a tonne of chips (at least compared to some) but I see a lot of chips that look like the inlays were removed really clean, without gouging the chip underneath. Whenever I've done it, it seems like I inevitably end up gouging the chip underneath the label with the hobby knife. Is there a technique to this process that would have avoid this? Am I just too aggressive with the knife?
    Really depends on the inlay
    I try and get just enough but usually scrape it some
    If you know the specific sticker won’t come off easily just peel up without a solvent like ethyl alcohol you can just scratch it enough to pull up the vinyl topper then work the alcohol or NPR
    It’s hard to get the sticker loose well and not scratch it some.
    I try and get as little as possible so it just scores it a bit then with the knife I use like push / scrape the loose clay back down into the chip.
     
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    Question re: label removal...

    I haven't re-labeled a tonne of chips (at least compared to some) but I see a lot of chips that look like the inlays were removed really clean, without gouging the chip underneath. Whenever I've done it, it seems like I inevitably end up gouging the chip underneath the label with the hobby knife. Is there a technique to this process that would have avoid this? Am I just too aggressive with the knife?

    Generally it doesn't matter that much, unless it's a really big gouge you've taken out. Most laminated labels will hide a fair amount of sins. Of course, that doesn't mean "go crazy" it just means you don't have to be super paranoid about accidentally making a small scratch.

    It's worth pointing out that (on Paulsons, at least) there is usually a little squiggle/worm indentation left behind, which I believe is a little bit of adhesive used to hold the inlay in place before the chip is pressed. Basically what I'm saying above is that as long as any scratches you create are no worse than that thing to start with, there's no problem.
     
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    Forgot to also mention that I've seen some people just burnish the HELL out of their labels when applying them, which is not necessary to get the adhesive to, uh, adhere. Just a light swipe after the label is positioned, and the label will stick just fine in most cases. Burnishing doesn't accomplish anything except highlighting the imperfections in the chip surface under the label.
     
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    Question re: label removal...

    I haven't re-labeled a tonne of chips (at least compared to some) but I see a lot of chips that look like the inlays were removed really clean, without gouging the chip underneath. Whenever I've done it, it seems like I inevitably end up gouging the chip underneath the label with the hobby knife. Is there a technique to this process that would have avoid this? Am I just too aggressive with the knife?
    Know your target
    I know from a couple that I need to push just so hard to get just under the sticker as it will pull up and cut just enough to not mangle gouge the chip
     
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    These I know are just the worst ever
    Tbe overlay is fused in and the sticker will never come up

    So just enough to be able to get under and pull up the clear overlay and try to not gouge the chip. Nothing takes these stickers off but NPR and the color stains from that too easily

    Ugh!
     
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