Clear protective film

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Hill Climber, Jun 19, 2014.

  1. Hill Climber

    Hill Climber Been here awhile

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    Looking to put a protective film over the tank and plastics to keep it looking new.
    What's everybody using?
    If you have a link to where you purchased it from, I'd appreciate you posting...
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    Make a new friend working in a paint shop. Wear and scratches give it character :D
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  5. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    I made some decals in a local sign show that were covered in clear 3M material. You should check in local sign shops to see if you can pick up some cheap.
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    I can vaguely remember a product being advertised in some 4wd magazines a few years back where a clear film was applied in liquid form with a paint roller left to dry, then you go use your vehicle belting through scrub etc & when your finnished & back home simply pick off the edge of the skin & peal off, throw in the bin. Never used it but it does sound interesting for temporary paint protection, apparently you can leave it on untill it's scratched up or you don't need it for your daily commute or what ever, does anyone remember or know of this product?.
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  9. kag

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    Plasti Dip
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    Nope not Plasti Dip!
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    Depends on how much protection

    I use plastidip and vinyl

    Plastidip will save you tankbag from light scratches on the paint, but nothing more. A branch will scratch through it! But it's also extremely easy to do. I just did my entire bike with plastidip, but as a temporary fix until I vinyl it during the winter. 6 pack runs about $40 of amazon.

    Clear Vinyl will be a way better way to keep the bike looking new. It's just harder to do, but I don't know anything about anything and I was able to do parts on my daytona and do all the plastics on my gs. The clear will make it super easy. Invest in vinyl knifeless line tape and a $10 harbor freights heat gun (hair dryers just don't work as well). Get clear 3m vinyl of ebay and you'll probably spend less than $100 to do everything. I did my whole gs with $40 worth of vinyl.
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    Ebay for Helicopter tape or stone guard, or just go into your local sign maker and ask for some clear.

    I use clear with removable glue to cover wear areas while on holiday then take it back off when I'm home, I don't even bother making it look nice as it's usually under panniers or bags.

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  15. Hill Climber

    Hill Climber Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all the comments from everyone. This is such a great motorcycle community!!!
    The TankSlapper site looked promising, but they don't have an option for my 990Adv bike. I'm waiting for a response from them to see if they intend to include this bike in the future.
    I'm going to check out a sign shop and see what they have to offer, and if that doesn't work, I now have lots of options available!

    BTW, my 530 is my get dirty, stay dirty bike. The 990 is my get dirty, get clean bike. Easier to clean with a protective film on it!! :1drink

    Thanks again..
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  16. NeptuneTriton

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    I believe what you're looking for is a set of pre-cut protective, removable film for your 990? There's one company I know of off hand that makes a set for the 990. They're called Lamin-X and they make protective films for exotic cars and various other applications. I ordered some fog light shapes from them to protect my lenses from stone throws and it's some good material.

    Anyway, looks like $99 bucks buys a full pre-cut kit for the 990

    http://www.lamin-x.com/KTM-990-Adventure-07-Clear-Bra-Complet-p/kt1802.htm
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  17. Hill Climber

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    Thanks for the link!! Having the ability to install a pre-cut kit is the easy way to go. If doing it myself from scratch doesn't work out, I'll certainly consider ordering from these guys!!!
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    Hillcimber,.. check ebay or amazon. Both have 3m clear film or 100 colors. I bought a massive role of 6ft wide flat black for ~$54. The only value in waiting for tank slapper is the pre-cut shapes but if you wrap the entire area end to end, you can cut it yourself with an ruler and exacto blade and then apply like any decal with water/soap and a little heat to make flexible. If you want to cut shapes, use a large sheet of paper on the bike to make a template, then lay that template on the 3m wrap, and cut with an exacto knife. Rarely are both sides of a tank perfectly even anyway so make two templates if you want to shape it like your legs or other typical tank shape if not end to end (past the edge where it can't be seen anyway)

    If you practice, you can wrap the whole bike if you like for a fraction of the pre-cut stuff.
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  19. Hill Climber

    Hill Climber Been here awhile

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    Thanks Soberman.... Great idea making a template!! Meat wrapping paper or baking parchment paper should work. I'll check out a graphics shop in town for some 3M first, and if they're too expensive or can't supply, I'll look at ordering some from Amazon.
    I got an email from tankslapper today, and they ARE carrying the pre-cut kit for a 990. He wasn't sure why it wasn't on the web site, but said it will be soon.
    Link: http://thetankslapper.biz/osc/product_info.php?cPath=1114_1234&products_id=1476
    They have a graphic showing the kit, and I see it as how best to optimize a sheet of 3M.....
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  20. Orangecicle

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    Sign shops have tracing paper that is tacky on one side. You also find this in shops that do airbrush work.
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