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post #1 of 8 Old 11-23-2008, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Removing Decals

I have read a lot about this, but I thought I'd throw up a question anyway. I have an 08/green. The decals really bug me. I don't like wearing clothes with brand names on them either. I want to take them all off. I have goo gone, wd40, a heat gun, and time. My questions are this:

- This would not void the warranty right?

- Does anyone have a pic of a green one with ALL the decals gone they can post?

- Is there a way to do it and have it look decent? I have read that it can end up looking pretty crappy.

THanks,

LKJ




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post #2 of 8 Old 11-23-2008, 07:19 PM
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Chief,

I have an '08 Blue and took most of the decals off. Like you, IM not a fan of that assembly line look. The only trouble I had is on the tank and it was two fold. First, they clearcoated over the darn decals on the tank and second, on one side I have some that wouldn't come off. I figure my buddy will sand blast it when I get my custom paint job. Im gonna own this bike forever.

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post #3 of 8 Old 11-24-2008, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Weird color discrepancy.

BM,

Funny, I was reading about this on some other threads and this very thing came up. I have no idea why, but only the red and blue have decals on the tank. Check out a picture of a green one.

And thanks, glad you had a relatively easy time of it.

Weird, huh?

LKJ




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post #4 of 8 Old 11-26-2008, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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SUCCESS!!! A heads up to the 08ers. And 08er haters.

So, took the decals off today. Wasn't as easy as I expected. The back ones were cake. Front, not so much. But it just took some time and elbow grease. (And I ****ed up a few tiny places...scratches don't bother me except on my Honda).

So, I'm one of those guys that bought an 08 and kind of wished it looked badass like the old ones. Then it started to grow on me. But I HATED the decals. Specifically the ones on the back. It looks so much better now.

Had I the chance to do it over, I might have just done the back cause it took like 5 mins and made it look a million times better. Front took me about 2.5 hours. I didn't want to run an extension cord through the rain, though, so I couldn't use my heat gun. That would have helped.

Now for the crash bars, air horn, and Rubbermaid Action Packer.

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post #5 of 8 Old 12-04-2008, 04:39 AM
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"Strip-eze" automotive spray paint stripper from WallyMart will soften the decals, allowing them to be peeled and scraped off easily with a plastic scraper - does NOT damage the plastics.
For the tank, I just painted over them. Will totally strip and repaint the tank when the weather allows.
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-30-2008, 07:47 PM
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I tried on my 2007 and the clear coat caused me to strip stickers and paint, and a little too much heat on one of the shrouds. I now have an IMS tank. Let me just say, patience isn't one of my virtues.
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-06-2009, 09:20 PM
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My 08 green with color change



stage 1


I removed decals, then wasn't satisfied so got some black paint at wal mart that is for spraying on plastic.
it's definatly different.
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-06-2009, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Nice!!!




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