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Old 03-01-2012, 12:24 AM   #1
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Anyone near Downtown know how to install decals?

Im looking for someone who can install some stickers on my fairings for an 09 zx6r....

Can anyone help or direct me to someone who does this..

similar to this
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:36 AM   #2
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Clean your fairings real well.
Make sure it's dry and free of oil.
You're working in a dust free/wind free environment.
Align one side of the decal and slowly work your way to the opposite side while slow pressing the the decal down and squeezing out any air bubbles.
I use a piece of cardboard to apply decals or something soft but firm without a sharp edge.
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the easiest way is to use water with a very small amount of dish soap (1 drop for maybe 8oz) in a small spray bottle

the water will float the decal until you can register it in its position, use a small plastics squeegee to press the decal down moving firmly from one side to another, this method will eliminate any air bubbles

also mark the location of the decal with a "china marker" to register it before the water transfer.


I will be in West U. after 11am where is your location??
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the easiest way is to use water with a very small amount of dish soap (1 drop for maybe 8oz) in a small spray bottle

the water will float the decal until you can register it in its position, use a small plastics squeegee to press the decal down moving firmly from one side to another, this method will eliminate any air bubbles

also mark the location of the decal with a "china marker" to register it before the water transfer.


I will be in West U. after 11am where is your location??
wow thanks man. I live near UH central, off of 45. I really wanted to have a professional do it for me but if anyone here is willing to help, could buy beer and burgers or pay them

I recently eliminated the fender and took the tag off so I cant ride to far because I havent put it back on, dont have a kit too reinstall it yet...

my numbers on the 1st post for anyone willing to help, thanks
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:03 AM   #5
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one more thing, the decals are a full fairing kit and they are THICK as , not like regular stickers...

i dont know if this changes anything
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:29 AM   #6
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that bike is F/S here, maybe ask him

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that bike is F/S here, maybe ask him

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=212369
Yes I saw it on CL so im pretty sure it is for sale lol

Its a shop, so Im also pretty sure they bought the bike like that...

but if I get no help, then I will contact him
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the plastics will need to come off for the install,
I will call you after 11 today
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:56 AM   #9
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Ya I looked into this vinal kit also, I think it looks amazing. Lol I tried to vinal wrap my last bike and it was an epic fail, I definitely recommend having the help of someone who knows what they r doing... Good luck and let me know if u find someone who does it good for u cuz I may want to find a wrap myself. Lol
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:08 AM   #10
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soapy water is the key!
keeps everything from sticking together, until your ready.

I've done many many many vinyl applications
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Definitely take it to a professional if you've never worked vinyl.
You would need a bottle of glass plus (no ammonia) or water/soap mix like Marty was saying.
A soft plastic applicator (looks like a credit card)
a heat gun or hair dryer (for stretching the vinyl on tough curves)
a needle for popping small bubbles you can't get out

It takes time and patience to do a good vinyl job, one little crease and you're buying another "kit" and restarting. Spray the water/soap until it covers everything, you can't have too much. This allows you to move the vinyl around after you have placed it and helps take out air that has gotten trapped.
Work the "air" and soapy mix from the center out, once you've got the decal right where you want it. This will start to make it stick.


(exp- I did the diamond grade vinyl jobs on firetrucks)
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windex and a plastic squeegie and your set.
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windex and a plastic squeegie and your set.
windex has ammonia and will ruin the adhesive on the vinyl
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windex has ammonia and will ruin the adhesive on the vinyl
Glass Plus from Walmart is the only one we've found that's slick enough to be functional, but doesn't have ammonia. Soap/Water is fine for home though! Just not 35 foot decals on the side of firetruck...
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Ah. Works just fine on regular decals. I've used it for years with no issues.
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Ah. Works just fine on regular decals. I've used it for years with no issues.
OK there's truth in that. For smaller single decals, I'm sure it wouldn't do much. For a wrap job, which is like they OP posted, you need to coat the whole area, and you'll be even respraying until you get the position perfect, as you're heating/cooling around tough curves/creases of street plastics. The windex will be settling into and reacting with the adhesive by that point.

I definitely see your point though.

For small decals, like on my R6, I just put them on dry so I don't have a mess to clean up...
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OK there's truth in that. For smaller single decals, I'm sure it wouldn't do much. For a wrap job, which is like they OP posted, you need to coat the whole area, and you'll be even respraying until you get the position perfect, as you're heating/cooling around tough curves/creases of street plastics. The windex will be settling into and reacting with the adhesive by that point.

I definitely see your point though.

For small decals, like on my R6, I just put them on dry so I don't have a mess to clean up...
Yeah. I've always used windex and the plastic squeegie thing when installing MX bike graphics. I used to put them in the bed of my truck before installing to let the sun heat them up and make them even more plyable. I can see where larger jobs with that vinyl would warrant the use of something else.
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I worked in the sign industry for almost 20yrs and have transferred vinyl onto more things than I care to remember.
Soap and Water is the best, IMO. and works fine for every application, including full body wraps.
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Soap and Water is the best, IMO. and works fine for every application, including full body wraps.
Ya I used soap and water too but I was way in over my head, waisted a 400$ vinal kit. lol if I got a kit, some beer and some cash would u b willing to wrap my bike in the future?
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