new graphics, old plastics


12 replies to this topic
  • rusky

Posted October 24, 2009 - 01:21 PM

#1

I have some new graphics coming from Decal Works next week to install right before Halloween.

my plastics are kind of scratched up and I'm a bit hesitant to put the new graphics on them. Is there a way I can make the graphics stick better to the scratched portions? (i.e. sand them a bit or something). Or should I just suck it up and buy some new ones for $130?

  • RCannon

Posted October 24, 2009 - 01:38 PM

#2

Any imperfection or high spot will show up, but I've done this many times. New is better, but old works. I never bothered getting everything really roughed up. Cleaning the plastic well and sanding the high edges off the scratches works. Once you think your done, run your finger over the spot. If you cna feel the rough spot, it will show through.

One exception to this is the decalworks gripper material. That stuff will cover almost anything and look good doing so.

  • rusky

Posted October 24, 2009 - 01:58 PM

#3

One exception to this is the decalworks gripper material. That stuff will cover almost anything and look good doing so.



That's exactly what I got, thanks. What grit sand paper did you use? 800?

  • BRM

Posted October 24, 2009 - 02:08 PM

#4

New plastic with new graphis really looks the dogs bollocks though

  • RCannon

Posted October 24, 2009 - 02:52 PM

#5

That's exactly what I got, thanks. What grit sand paper did you use? 800?



I started with 200 and finished with 800 and 1000.

  • carver

Posted October 24, 2009 - 03:48 PM

#6

I started with 200 and finished with 800 and 1000.


And then I bet RC did a 1000 wet sand with light circular lapping motion with a plane block
I'm sorry for giving away the factory skunk works uber rat fink secrets Roland

But what I really want to know is
do your new graphics qualify as "BNG"?
Because that's new YZ territory right there
:bonk:

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  • RCannon

Posted October 24, 2009 - 04:15 PM

#7

And then I bet RC did a 1000 wet sand with light circular lapping motion with a plane block
I'm sorry for giving away the factory skunk works uber rat fink secrets Roland

But what I really want to know is
do your new graphics qualify as "BNG"?
Because that's new YZ territory right there
:bonk:



No new graphics this time. I just added the Motorhead logo and nothing else..not to be confused with the TV channel , LOGO.

  • carver

Posted October 24, 2009 - 04:31 PM

#8

HA! I knew you scored some swag

  • RCannon

Posted October 24, 2009 - 04:58 PM

#9

And a mermaid stripped to the waist on the tank.

Really, I have started wiping that mop-n-glow floor polish over the edges of the graphics after applying them. It looks like they might be holding up better.

  • carver

Posted October 24, 2009 - 05:11 PM

#10

Hmmm, that is too tech!
I was thinking use a brush with some clear acrylic at the seam
but the mop and glo trick sounds even easier/more clean <;>
But then we would be missing out on the yearly yellow/white/turd tank BNG party

  • lumpy790

Posted October 25, 2009 - 05:52 AM

#11

If you still can........Call and add this kit to your order.

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  • RCannon

Posted October 25, 2009 - 07:19 AM

#12

If you still can........Call and add this kit to your order.

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A high five for that suggestion. I dont know what chemicals they use in this kit, but it does make graphics simple to install. Worth every penny.

  • rusky

Posted November 02, 2009 - 07:49 AM

#13

Thanks for the advice guys. That was the first thing that I added to my shopping cart when I bought the graphics kit.

Its taking longer than expected to get the graphics kit so I will probably just get a new set of plastics in the meantime. That way, by the time I get the graphics, I will also have new plastics waiting for them. It was a bit upsetting riding a naked bike last weekend, I stripped off all the OEM graphics thinking that the new ones would come in right before the trip :smirk:





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