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Old 02-01-2013, 01:27 PM   #16
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I used a razor blade and a ruler . . . Didn't have an exacto knife. You may be able to use scissors . . . If they are orange.


My bike decal is a Silhouette of an Adventure. I couldn't find a good one to copy so I traced a 950A on my iPad.

Think of it as a 950A shadow decal . . . Cut out by hand from someone that has very little paper doll experience!

How's this?

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Old 02-03-2013, 04:52 PM   #17
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There you go... Looks perfect to me.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:34 PM   #18
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I decided to CF the side covers & fork tubes . . . Now I am done . . . Unless someone has another idea . . . Still have some left-over pieces!

Yes, motorcycles helps keep the kid in me alive . . . I really like trying different ideas out on my bikes!







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Old 03-28-2013, 08:11 AM   #19
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How are you guys removing the original graphics? I thought they were clear coated over. My tank has bubbles in the graphics I would love to take them off and do something like the above
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:18 AM   #20
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How are you guys removing the original graphics? I thought they were clear coated over. My tank has bubbles in the graphics I would love to take them off and do something like the above
Basically, heat: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...1&postcount=27

And then you have to get the glue residue off the tank: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...5&postcount=45

Hope that helps.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:51 PM   #21
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I was able to get the old decals off by cutting into the bubbles with a razor blade and heat it with a hair dryer . . . Pulling the label up from the middle to the outside. Or, from the top of the label with my fingernail.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:50 AM   #22
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Awesome idea and result. I have an '06 and there are one gagillion bubbles on each side. looks like the elephant man.
I thought that a clear coat was applied on top of the decals instead of under them, therby trapping the gas vapours below.
Now, when the old bubble decals come off; did you spray a clear to seal the rest of the tank? Then put the decals on top of the new clear?
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:08 AM   #23
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Awesome idea and result. I have an '06 and there are one gagillion bubbles on each side. looks like the elephant man.
I thought that a clear coat was applied on top of the decals instead of under them, therby trapping the gas vapours below.
Now, when the old bubble decals come off; did you spray a clear to seal the rest of the tank? Then put the decals on top of the new clear?
Thanks.
Not to hijack your thread here, McMann. But, to answer the question, you don't have to clear coat the tanks under decals or clear coat over the decals. It is unclear whether or not clear under or over makes any difference. My tanks were covered with two layers of 3M decal material where the normal stock decals are located. No problems now for a year or so of wear. The decals on the actual gas tank below are replacements. The "K" on the little faring part is original.

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Old 03-29-2013, 10:38 AM   #24
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I got my 3M carbon fiber decal idea from your original post . . . I am not as creative as you. I noticed the 3M decal material was very thick and sticky . . . It was not necessary to remove any old label sticky residue.

As you mentioned, it is not clear-coated under the label and is not necessary. I cleaned the surface with alcohol before applying the new decal. I did not remove the front black label . . . It was not bubbled . . . I put the new CF label over the black to match my new CB tank decal.

After removing my label:
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:46 AM   #25
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Thank you gents. Great info. A project for April when the weather is warmer and the beer wouldn't freeze in my hands!
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Not to hijack your thread here, McMann. But, to answer the question, you don't have to clear coat the tanks under decals or clear coat over the decals. It is unclear whether or not clear under or over makes any difference. My tanks were covered with two layers of 3M decal material where the normal stock decals are located. No problems now for a year or so of wear. The decals on the actual gas tank below are replacements. The "K" on the little faring part is original.

Orangecicle,

I went your route and put on replacement black decals. Unfortunately, after 12 months, the new decals are bubbling badly. Just like the original. I wonder why yours are holding up ok. Any ideas?

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Old 05-29-2013, 11:16 AM   #27
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I am getting some bumps under my carbon fiber decals . . . The texture of the CF does help from noticing etc. Bottom line, it would be best to have decal material that can breath . . . Small perforations in the decal.

Plastic material on plastic gas tanks probably won't last long unless they can breath.

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Old 05-30-2013, 09:49 AM   #28
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I am getting some bumps under my carbon fiber decals . . . The texture of the CF does help from noticing etc. Bottom line, it would be best to have decal material that can breath . . . Small perforations in the decal.

Plastic material on plastic gas tanks probably won't last long unless they can breath.

Yep. Does anyone know of perforated tank decals for the 950? Simply putting new stick-on graphics won't work. They ALL bubble eventually. My new ones are now worse than original...
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:39 AM   #29
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I am going to use perf'd Dinoc on my safari tanks. Hopefully the perforations will help with the bubbling.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:19 AM   #30
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I am going to use perf'd Dinoc on my safari tanks. Hopefully the perforations will help with the bubbling.
Makes sense. Where did you find the perforated product ?
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