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Old 07-23-2015, 12:26 PM   #1
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Rremoving graphics..

I am going to take the graphics off one of the bikes (ktm 250 sx).. I've applied them before, but never removed them ... Does anyone have any good tips/advice to get them off easily?
I don't want to use anything that will fade the plastics, so I was thinking I could use the blowdryer to warm them up and then peel them off (following up with a little goo-gone) ??
However, before I begin this endeavor, hearing what has worked/failed for others would be a great...
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A little heat helps. Most of the adhesive may come off with the sticker. If there isn't too much residue left you can use the sticky side of the graphic to remove the rest of the residue on the plastic. A little rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball will take care of the rest. You don't have to scrub it much with the alcohol. Just dissolves it. Goo gone is pretty harsh stuff.
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Blow dryer will work just fine, or leaving them in the sun for a bit. Like Pig said, WD-40 will work and goo gone too. I've found gasoline to work the best (just rubbing, no hard scrubbing) but I don't know what that'd do to plastics after the fact.
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Tha Goo works well, but you can get residual off with WD-40 and some scrubbin'. Your into S&M right? Scrubbin' & Moppin'?
WD40 works but will leave a residue. If you aren't putting new graphics on this will be fine. If you are putting on new graphics then you will have to get the residue off first.
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Thanks, guys. Yes, purchased new graphics to replace the old, so I want to make sure I get all of the residue off.
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Acetone and rubber gloves from Ace for residue removal.
Wont the acetone fade the plastic? (not being a smart-, I really don't know).. I have a box of gloves.. wear them when I oil the filters..
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If suggest trying to peel them without adding heat first.
Heat softens the adhesive and makes it more likely to remain on the bike. If you can remove them without heat type more likely to get the adhesive off with the sticker.

If heat is required, using as little as possible will help reduce the amount of adhesive left behind.
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Wont the acetone fade the plastic? (not being a smart-, I really don't know).. I have a box of gloves.. wear them when I oil the filters..
Depending on the plastic it will do more than fade them. It can melt them, leaving a rough surface behind.
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Does your fingernail polish remover bottle fade?
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I thought nail polish remover was only 50-60% acetone...
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Isn't acetone used to melt/weld ABS plastic?

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Rubbing alcohol leaves no residue and removes oils from surface so you will be removing the adhesive and prepping the surface for new graphics in one step.
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Does your fingernail polish remover bottle fade?
Fiber nail polish remover bottles aren't made from the same kind of plastic as fairings.
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Fiber nail polish remover bottles aren't made from the same kind of plastic as fairings.
I was trying to be funny...I know I need sarcasm tags...sorry...

WD-40 works the best without damaging stuff. Depending on how new the old graphics are will depend on how easy they are to remove. Autobody shops sell drill mounted erasers that are used to remove graphics without damaging paint.
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WD-40 works the best without damaging stuff. Depending on how new the old graphics are will depend on how easy they are to remove. Autobody shops sell drill mounted erasers that are used to remove graphics without damaging paint.
Ha ha and I need to proofread better. WTF are fiber nails? Lol
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I use rubbing alcohol to break up adhesive and remove decals before I start my hydrodipping.

Works good.
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Rubbing alcohol leaves no residue and removes oils from surface so you will be removing the adhesive and prepping the surface for new graphics in one step.
Also helps clean surface..

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