Posted January 22, 2002 - 07:52 PM
Has anybody succesfully applied a number plate background on the exhaust side cover of a WR426? It's like wrapping a watermelon with 22 gauge sheet metal. I have tried soapy water and the blowdrier. I have ruined two now. I gave up with the white backgrounds and put the black numbers directly on the plastic. Now I need a set of plates with white numbers on green backgrounds, so they gotta go on.
Any tips before I go postal and buy a rattle can of green Krylon?
Posted January 22, 2002 - 09:08 PM
Best of luck.
Posted January 22, 2002 - 09:40 PM
Posted January 22, 2002 - 09:48 PM
Posted January 23, 2002 - 12:30 PM
Why can't Yamaha make an oval muffler like Honda so the side panel can be flatter?
Why didn't Yamaha make the WR qualify for California Green Stickers? Do you think they will wise up when they see what KTM has done with the EXC/G?
Posted January 23, 2002 - 06:18 PM
*Fill the sink with very warm but not hot soapy water.
*Immerse the number plate. WASH IT GOOD!!!
*Peel off the backing on the decal and slide it under the water.
*Place the decal on while SUBMERGED! Don't pull it out and mess with it, get it lined up under water then pull it out.
*Squeegee the water out from under the decal from the middle outward. Just use a plastic bondo squeegee or I think my decals came with one. Keep at it until you think you have the water out.
*Use a real heat gun to activate the adhesive after the numbers are installed. A blow dryer is not hot enough. You want to heat the decal until it almost too hot to touch. Heat the backside of the plate until you smell the plastic. The material flows at around 130 degrees F so you should start to smell it around 100 or when it is hot to the touch.
*Use your fingers on the hot decal (4 inch area at a time) to work out the water from below the decal. Its hot but you would be amazed at how much water comes out.
*Let it cool and those buggers are not coming off. I only had to cut one slot up each plate to allow for the curl of the plate.
I use that same technique for shrouds, fork guards, etc. Its tougher for tanks, its actually easier to put graphics on while the tank is on.
Roostn in Denver