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post #1 of 12 Old 05-20-2007, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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overzealous sticker removal

went a little crazy today removing stickers and ran into a glich i'd like to warn others about.

hairdryer and 3M adhesive remover were my weapons of choice. worked effectively on:

v-strom tank stickers >check<
suzuki S emblems >chedk< removal-remorse on this one!
cowl warning stickers >check<
luggage rack max weight >check<
noise emission compliance >check<

then came the dl1000 side cover stickers ....

couldn't get the adhesive off... and probably shouldn't have tried. they really didn't look bad at all! in the process, i badly scratched up and swirled the paint finish. and still can't get the base layer of the sticker off the bloody side cover!!! :mad: tried adhesive remover, alchohol, you name it.

so my recommendation to other strommers: leave the side cover stickers on. don't mess with them.

silver lining is that i now need new side covers!!! anyone know where i can get some carbon fibre side covers to replace the marred ones????
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-20-2007, 01:57 AM
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I had no problem removing the dl1000 stickers on the side panel - used the old 'hot water in a ziplock' to loosen it up, peeled right off and cleaned up with a little wd-40 and a clean cloth. Sorry to hear about your troubles. I will say though that I think the bike looks MUCH better without 'em If they'd been die-cut letters and numbers they'd have looked ok, but the bulky borders of these 'decals' *I thought* looked pretty chintzy.

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I ruined a side panel on my '05 using a rubber wheel with a lambswool cover. Heat from friction warped a section. I learned later if alcohol on a rag is applied and left for a minute, the glue will loosen right up. If sufficient heat is used initially, almost all the glue will come up with the sticker.

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I ruined a side panel on my '05 using a rubber wheel with a lambswool cover. Heat from friction warped a section. I learned later if alcohol on a rag is applied and left for a minute, the glue will loosen right up. If sufficient heat is used initially, almost all the glue will come up with the sticker.
yeah. technique worked on all the other stickers... but for some reason the sticker on the rear cover was either different or i was too impatient!

any ideas on whether the side cover can be repainted... or a carbon fiber replacement would be very cool...
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Just replace it. Matching paint would be difficult with the high metallic content and may even be more expensive. Carbon fiber would be a very expensive custom job. A couple of people have used truck bed liner for a textured matte black look. It's inexpensive and very tough if you like the look. http://www.mrcycles.com/fiche_sectio...2006&fveh=7229 shows OEM side cowlings for about $130.

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Just replace it. Matching paint would be difficult with the high metallic content and may even be more expensive. Carbon fiber would be a very expensive custom job. A couple of people have used truck bed liner for a textured matte black look. It's inexpensive and very tough if you like the look. http://www.mrcycles.com/fiche_sectio...2006&fveh=7229 shows OEM side cowlings for about $130.
Used the truck bed liner on my 2006 OEM bags and it looks identical to the textured plastic that is used on the stroms.
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or a carbon fiber replacement would be very cool...
You could wrap them with the 3M di noc.

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Blowing a hot hair dryer with a red-glowing coil inside is a good thing in close proximity to the gas filler? I mean I guess it is done, but just seems a little nerve wracking to me. One little vapor and....poof!

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You would have to have a lot of gas to go poof. With a closed tank lid the chances are slim.
The older the bike the more work to get the old, very set, glue to come loose. I got the big S off the front and left the rest. The 2004 decals were not so large as later models.
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If using the Di Noc, I would remove the panel and try and get the wrap around the edges and on the hidden side of the panel. Once the heat is applied, the wrap is very pliable and will fit that area well. Just make sure you clean the entire surface it will go on as any silicone or wax can stop adhesion from lasting. I did my hand guards and cleaned them, but not enough on the inside face so the wrap has come away inside and looks [email protected] and I have to do it again. I would buy a larger size sheet than required as you will be able to practice this first. If you have the silver S in place, you can wrap over this, heat and use your tool to squeeze the air out and push the wrap into the edges of the S. Once done, you can use a new razor blade and cut along the edges and then peel the warp off the S, leaving it exposed.
There are heaps of videos on the tube. If you look at custom panels, it will be way too much as you would need numerous layers, moulded using the original panel (that means both side) and then vacuum. That would be a normal job, but then you would have to add strengthening to the back where it fits to the underside and thats where it becomes a not worth it problem. As it would be exposed to the wind, there would be more strengthening and if you drop it or get a decent scratch, after pulling al your hair out, you repeat the entire process again. Just my two cents re that. The Di Noc would add strength to the panel, is removable if scratched or if you want the old look.

Just re read your post and I now believe your talking about the rear side panels. This would be far easier to DI Noc that the front ones that go on the side of the tank to the nose (not sure what the actual name for them is). I did my ones using clear to protect the finish and have got some scuffs from boots getting on and off and can just swap out the clear again. Took about 25 mins each side including cutting and does not require much heat.

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