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post #1 of 21 Old 07-19-2007, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Angry I think I'm going to puke!

Here it goes. I purchased a 07 V two days ago. Absolutely love the bike. Today I was removing the warning labels with no problems. Then I moved onto the V-Strom decal on either side of the fairing. I had an old body guy once tell me acetone was the best thing for removing glue without harming paint. Have used this method for years with not one issue. Well the warning labels cleaned up great, however the fairing decals are a different story. The acetone ate through the paint on the spot where I started, thus the nausea and soon to follow vomiting. Any suggestions on what to use for the glue on the fairing? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I don't understand why the tank came out fine but not on the fairing. Oh well.
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-19-2007, 01:17 PM
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Try a citrus based cleaner like Goo Gone. Avoid Goof Off which is petrolium based and will attack the paint/plastic.

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Doh. I removed the warning stickers without even having to clean the area with anything other than Honda spray cleaner/polish. the trick is warm and slow.

I decided against taking the strom stickers off for the moment. I would think a little bug and tar would clean that up. (or the citrus based product as previously noted)
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WD40 works great for me! Saturate the label and let it soak, then slowly peal off. Use the WD and a soft cloth to clean any remaining glue.
BTW- avoid acetone on anything with plastic near it.
It may have worked well with lacquer or enamel, but the newer paints are different, as you unfortunately found out.
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post #5 of 21 Old 07-19-2007, 02:05 PM
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Doh. I removed the warning stickers without even having to clean the area with anything other than Honda spray cleaner/polish. the trick is warm and slow.

I decided against taking the strom stickers off for the moment. I would think a little bug and tar would clean that up. (or the citrus based product as previously noted)
That's exactly what I did on my Wee on the first day of ownership. No problems with just pulling them off and the then rubbing with my finger to remove any extra glue. Finish off with Honda Spray Cleaner.

I also left only the V-Strom stickers on, that way instead of people asking what kind of bike it is they ask what's a V-Strom/:mrgreen:

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I am so sorry for you, I could have written your post in 05! I was so sick feeling the bike was like a couple weeks old at the time! Take your time. I used a hair dryer on my fairing and took a long time-like 3 hours, a little goo gone and a little wd-40. I learned the hardway when I did my rear side panel first-I have a small spot the size of a dime-I recovered it with another sticker.DOH! And don't rub too hard. My stickers took three hours to come off and if you do a search, there are times from 30 minutes to a long time, like mine.

I just don't like the factory stickers. I left the Suzuki "S" on tha fairing, that was it. Everything else is gone, and while acetone did help with the tank sticker, I won't use it on anything plastic. Be careful with solvents. Kerosene is ok, especially on the swing arm.

On the plastic side panel resides a "GO!!!!!!!" that covers the small spot and because I am a Rossi fan.

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Hair Dryer / Heat Gun to soften the glue and sticker. Peel slowly and they'll come right off.

I use a little rubbing alcohol to un-stick the glue, and then my finger to rub the adhesive off. A little wash n wax to shine it up and you are good to go.

Oh, and for the swingarm and luggage rack stickers, a flat-edged razor blade will take them right off with a quickness.

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I used generous amounts of Isopropyl Alcohol. It seemed to work good onec the plactic part of the sticker was gone.

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You really should have used the search feature for this. A lot has been discussed about this subject.


Like MonkeyGrass said, heat and peel slowly.

After having been in the auto body and paint business for over 25 yrs., 3M Adhesive Remover works without damage to paint or clearcoats. It is otherwise known as Naptha. That's right, that good ole Ronson lighter fluid.

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I don't understand why the tank came out fine but not on the fairing.
Tank is steel, fairing is plastic.


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...The acetone ate through the paint on the spot where I started...
Don't worry about it. Once you drop it a couple of times the missing paint will just be another battle scar.

Not that I'm proud of it but, do you like the scabby rust marks on my Givi engine guards??


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