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post #1 of 15 Old 08-26-2017, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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Barkbusters - removing/covering white lettering

Has anyone removed or covered up the white lettering on their Barkbuster hand guards?

I recently bought a VStrom with the guards already installed and I've no doubt that these are a great product but I don't like the obnoxious promotion of them on my bike. I'd like to remove the lettering altogether but will be happy painting(?) the letters black or dark grey. I took the guards off and noticed that the white lettering goes right through the plastic so cutting the letters off will still leave the white.

Any ideas as to how to remove or cover up the lettering?



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post #2 of 15 Old 08-26-2017, 01:57 PM
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I'd just fine tip Sharpie them personally. Might take a couple times but probably more accurate then trying to tape off and paint unless you did the whole handguard.
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I dropped my bike last year on a truck trail and scraped up the right Barkbuster Storm hand guard. I took off the covers, trimmed off the logos, cleaned up the scrape somewhat and painted them with truck bed liner. It a textured finish so it may not appeal to some, but now you have to look close to see the scrape and no more logos.

Edit: I did the same with the scraped engine guards and the used skid plate I put on.

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You can try plastidip first. If you don't like the look just peel it off.

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Greywolf suggested Denatured alcohol to remove the decals on the body panels. I got a can and Sho'nuff it worked. Don't know if it would do the same for the lettering on the hand guards.
I use BBQ paint for all the black colored stuff I need freshen up.
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Acetone removes it instantly. Think of finger nail polish remover.
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I guess you don't want to spend the cash but my BB Storm guards are plain black with no lettering.

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Greywolf suggested Denatured alcohol to remove the decals on the body panels. I got a can and Sho'nuff it worked. Don't know if it would do the same for the lettering on the hand guards.
I use BBQ paint for all the black colored stuff I need freshen up.
Hold itd 8-12 inches away and rattle can it!
Nope, alcohol won't work as they are not decals. The plastic lettering is white all the way through to the back.

I tried using a Sharpie and it looks pretty good but in certain light it shows through with a bluish black tinge. It's better than it was though.
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In my experience, after time the sharpie will fade and turn more blue. If you really want to get rid of the white, I'm afraid you're going to have to remove the plastic guards from the aluminum and paint them, as Notacop suggested.
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