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post #1 of 40 Old 06-01-2010, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Removing the decals?

In a lot of pictures of seemingly stock colored bikes I've noticed the decals, specifically the V-strom stickers on the metal tank, are missing. I had figured they were clear coated over, making them difficult to remove, but can you take the stickers off without having to repaint the bike?

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My 09's are not clear coated over. I am waiting until its nice and hot out to take them off. Try a product called SemSolve to remove any sticky mess left behind.

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When I bought my '04 wee the previous owner had tried to remove the Suzuki "S" off the tank and really screwed up the paint. I removed the other stickers before I repainted the bike and they came off fairly easy with a heat gun, but the other "S" gave me problems too.
I think the older the bike and where it lives (mine was in hot Texas sun for 6 years) determines how stuck on the decals are.

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Here's a link to the Decal Removal thread.

https://www.stromtrooper.com/showthread.php?t=33310

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I wouldn't mind keeping the Suzuki "S" emblem but the bigger 'Strom sticker I was looking to remove. I'll wait and try to take them off when it gets hot here (shouldn't be long now), but I'd just figured they were actually painted in. Nice to know I can make some of the changes I wanted to without having to do it all at once!

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If you take a look at the removal thread posted above, you'll see that the decals come off easily. You shouldn't need to wait for hot weather. I did mine on a cool night with just 2 minutes of hair dryer at point blank range. Pulled right off and left no residue.

I haven't tried the S badge. I use it as a mirror to pick bugs out of my teeth when I get off the bike. Why don't I use the handlebar mirrors? Because that's not as funny.
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I removed the "s" with a heat gun, not difficult.

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I removed all the decals including the "Suzuki" on the windshield. Now nobody knows what the hell it is.
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Take your bike to a local paint and body shop and have one of their guys remove any decal in just a few minutes...........it doesn't cost that much.

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Originally Posted by nodirtburt View Post
I removed all the decals including the "Suzuki" on the windshield. Now nobody knows what the hell it is.
Even while looking straight at the Strom stickers, some guys still think it's a V-Star.

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