Replacing KTM decals -- say goodbye to Mr. Bubbles!

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Orangecicle, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    I did most of my decals dry. I did capture some tiny air bubbles along the way -- like you describe, not really bubbles but little imperfections. Steve suggested that those would go away with time, and they have. If you captured a real bubble, you might want to prick the surface of the decal with a needle to speed the process along.
  2. Venturer

    Venturer AKA klakeman

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    I just completed the decal replacement following the instructions above. All went fine and the tank looks new again. My bubbles were pretty bad. A relatively cheap fix
  3. Venturer

    Venturer AKA klakeman

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    Scratch that. One side now has a lot of little bubbles. Frustrating. I may have the black part painted.
  4. Goss

    Goss LC8 Adventurer

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    I removed my decals and then purchased professional pin striping tape and after removing the adhesive residue I basically duplicated the decal in spray on bed liner. Even the KTM letter portion on the tank.

    Results were great. Will see how that lasts.

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  5. speedmonkey7

    speedmonkey7 Been here awhile

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    I like the compass. The flames would look better if they weren't in color, but done more in a relief (if that is the correct term) like the compass. The ride the world part looks really good with the compass too. Did they have a material that looks black in the daytime, but reflective at night? That would be pretty cool. I need to do this too, so I am subscribed!
  6. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    I thought about reflective, but the guys at the shop said that it is much thicker because of the lenses imbedded in it and, therefore, hard to cut fine shapes on their cutter. Also, a thick first coat of material would not work with a clear layer over the top, which is necessary in this application.
  7. speedmonkey7

    speedmonkey7 Been here awhile

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    Hey Goss please do let us know how your fix works!

    I have really fat fingers...sorry
  8. Goss

    Goss LC8 Adventurer

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    So far so good and no appearance of any adhesion problems and no bubbles. Will let you know if something happens.
  9. blindingfast

    blindingfast n00b

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    Mr. Orange,
    You're the man, The project was a great read on a rainy day. Reminds me of doing self- dentistry or self- surgery! :lol3
    A dicy task indeed, not just for anyone.
    Anyway....Graphics look awesome!, No contingency was mentioned if one has the 950 Black model,
    which needs orange graphics. :norton. Not your problem, just value your opinion on going forward in getting
    such thing ordered from them and to make the forum complete.
  10. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    Preciate that! I believe the black bikes are a different design, so take what I did with the Orangecicle and just duplicate the work for the blacks. It's really not that hard to pull off.

    My decals are still holding up very well. Here's a shot from just outside of Estes Park, CO from this past summer, just before me and my Sis endured the adventure of a lifetime on the Peak to Peak. Torrential rain, hail, rock falling in the road, lightening. What a day that was.

    [​IMG]

    Here's the link to the story: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19081088&postcount=12
  11. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    Just an update on how replacement decals have worked out so far:

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    Still looking pretty good.
  12. lowes48

    lowes48 Been here awhile

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    ^ Did the replacement stickers make your swingarm fall off?:D

    Still looks great!
  13. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    No, but there was a definite horse power increase. :)
  14. keener

    keener Speed changes you.

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    Tough stickers!
  15. juames

    juames Have Fun, Don't Die!

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    Nice job on the design! I contacted the sign shop and they still have the design on file and want $150 + shipping for them.
  16. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    It would be a good idea to take some tacky tracing paper and trace the outline of your existing decals and send that to the shop. That way, they can perfectly match the size. There was one instance in which the custom decals came out smaller than the original decals. It's unknown why that occurred, but a tracing of your existing decals would avoid that problem.
  17. juames

    juames Have Fun, Don't Die!

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    Good idea, will do that...
  18. huero

    huero Been here awhile

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    I think those look great.
  19. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    I had the tanks painted. My painter is cheap but he drinks. The paints has some bad spots but I'm going to go the bed-liner route to cover them.

    So I'm having to tape buy ear in order to get the K and the M.

    It's a bitch. I'm not good with arts and crafts. It took the iPad out there to see pictures.

    I'm getting there. It's a bitch.
  20. zgfiredude

    zgfiredude Old Fart in Training.......

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    If you asked nicely, I bet someone here would trace their's out for you...............:evil