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Old 03-14-2008, 07:51 PM   #41
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I just removed the decal off the rear fairing last weekend, and with a little elbow greese was able to get all the residue off by using a tennis ball cut in half and turned inside out. I am assuming it is the same principle used here, just takes a bit longer as it is not hooked up to a drill, but for the cost of nothing as I had one laying around the garage, I was happy.
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Old 03-15-2008, 02:21 PM   #42
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another thing that works really good its called a wax wheel its like a big eraser i have used on cars manytimes and gets the glue right off. you can get those at your local parts stores and it only runs like 5-10$
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:52 PM   #43
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I just removed the decal off the rear fairing last weekend, and with a little elbow greese was able to get all the residue off by using a tennis ball cut in half and turned inside out. I am assuming it is the same principle used here, just takes a bit longer as it is not hooked up to a drill, but for the cost of nothing as I had one laying around the garage, I was happy.

Took my decals off my 96 the end of last season, couldn't get the glue off, used the tennis ball today an it worked real well. Tried all the chemicals an nothing, and an inside out tennis ball did the trick, seems crazy to me.
Well it saved alot of money so im happy.
thanks Lehbs for the tip.
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Old 03-20-2008, 10:08 PM   #44
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I'm just going to put this out there for anyone trying to rmove decals from anything. There is a technique to removing these decals while leaving little or no residue behind and its really simple. When you are pulling the decal off after heating it up a bit, try your best not to "roll" the decal backwards. Once you get a corner started, pull the decal AWAY from the bike, DO NOT pull it in the opposite direction(I hope this makes since). I've did alot of decal/pinstripe application and removal a few years back on the job on many different vehicles and this worked almost everytime.....when you pull it straight out and away from from the object that its stuck to, the decal will usually take the adhesive with it. I dont really know the physics of why this works, but an older gentalman that I worked and raced with(Thanks Leon) taught me this. The only time it doesnt work is if the decal is so old and brittle that has to be scraped off. On another note, its also important to heat it up just enough to loosen the adhesive but not enough to turn it into complete goo and if your leaving alot of adhesive behind, that sounds like you may in fact be heating the decals up a bit too much. Hope this helps someone in the future so that they dont have to go through this same ordeal.
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Old 03-20-2008, 10:58 PM   #45
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WD 40!!!
Thats all you need to take off decals and excess glue residue.. Just make sure you wipe off any excess when youre done. If you let it sit then it will start to eat away at your paint
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:25 PM   #46
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WD40 only works on certain types of adhesive and usually doesnt on older/aged decals. The idea is to not leave the adhesive behind in the first place. Avoid the problem before it arises. There may be a few small spots that dont come up even if your technique is perfect but use the proper chemical for the job in these cases...3M adhesive remover,goof off, or goo gone xtreme will take just about anything off if you let it soak for a minute and then use a terrycloth or other "textured" cloth to scrub a bit. But again, do the initial removal correctly and there wont be much left behind to worry about.EDIT: the wax wheels mentioned above work great also if you leave some adhesive behind. Just take care not to stay in one spot too long or you risk "burning" your clear/paint in that area.

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Old 03-21-2008, 07:01 PM   #47
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gas works great but its not good on plastic
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