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Old 03-04-2009, 08:13 PM   #1
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Installing Large Factory Stickers.

I need to replace a few stickers that are slightly rashed. I have no problem getting them off and getting the surface prepped. The question is for those who have done this, can you use a mild solution of soap and water to allow the sticker to slide easily on the surface (similar to window tint install)? I installed one without any solution and was not happy with the result (some very small air pockets.

Has anyone done this? Any / all suggestions are welcome.

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I have used lemon dishwashing soap with water.

However I hadn't tried it with factory decals; Im assuming the glue would be the same.
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:23 PM   #3
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water an a lil bit of soap works for decals. Use a squegee to work out any bubbles.
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Old 03-04-2009, 10:21 PM   #4
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I wouldnt put any water or soap on the glue side, never done it but I wouldnt risk the stickers ability to stick.. I would just place a small corner of the sticker on and use a credit card for the rest of the sticker.. just lightly sliding/stroking (no ) it onto the fairing, and you wont have any bubbles.
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windex ftmfw!!!! works every time. thats all ive ever used.
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Thanks for the feedback. With regard to no solution on a factory sticker, it is EXTREMELY difficult to lay down stickers on compound curves when the stickers are in excess of 20" long. I have heard the soap and water trick, but never Windex.

How do you work with the Windex? Just a few sprays on the backside as you are laying the stickers in place?

A bit more detail on either of the possible solutions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-04-2009, 10:38 PM   #7
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i have used 1 part water to 1 part rubbing alcohol and some dishwashing soap. the part alcohol makes the water dry up quicker.
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clean the surface with the windew first....then spray the windex on the surface AND on the back of the sticker....place the sticker where you want......the windex will allow you to move the sticker into the perfect position without sticking.....use a credit card or other plastic flat surface to remove the windex and bubbles from behind the sticker....let it sit in the sun for a while and that should dry all the excess windex and show any bubbles will show and will have to worked out from there. im sure the same thing would work with either windex or the soap and water solution.



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