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Brett

Fitting New Graphics

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I've just ordered new Tecnosel Graphics and Seat Cover.

Anybody got any tips on the best way to fit these graphics without making a complete mess and them all sticking together.

Somebody said put water with washing-up liquid to let the sticker slide around?

Help/advice much appreciated - these things aren't cheap.

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Brett,

Do a search using graphics and you should get a bunch of info. This has been discussed in detail in the past. Your on the right track with the soap and then use a squegee to get out the wrinkles/bubbles.

Bill

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86TT225, 98CR80, 99WR, WR timing, throttle stop trimmed, air box lid removed, White Bros head pipe, silencer and air filter. Odometer and headlight removed. Moose hand and mud guards. YZ stock tank and IMS seat. Renthal Jimmy Button "highs" and Renthal Soft half waffle grips. AMA, SETRA.

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Brett,

Call Frank at Villa Racing 800-549-1973 (www.villaracing.com). He's the importer for the USA for all Technosel products. He's also local to me :)

I bought my Technosel graphics from him. Unfortunately, I didn't ask him the best way to put them on and they have bubbled a little. I mentioned that to him and he told me the best/correct way that I should have used, but now I can't remember all of the details. I do know he said NOT to use water.

Call him and ask.

John

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I use sand paper and Plastic Renew, especially if bike still has stock graphics. My KX's graphics would not come off so I ended up having to sand many tiny remaining graphic fragments off the tank. The sanding leaves a good surface to mount graphics and chemicals in Plastic Renew don't impede stiction, but I use less of it where the graphics go (mainly out of laziness).

Milkman,

Does the car wax scuff the tank at all? How

does plastic look after the waxing?

...and how come I've never heard of Technosel? Any links/pictures on the web?

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www.villaracing.com

Good pics and product range for Tecnosel

Originally posted by Hick:

I use sand paper and Plastic Renew, especially if bike still has stock graphics. My KX's graphics would not come off so I ended up having to sand many tiny remaining graphic fragments off the tank. The sanding leaves a good surface to mount graphics and chemicals in Plastic Renew don't impede stiction, but I use less of it where the graphics go (mainly out of laziness).

Milkman,

Does the car wax scuff the tank at all? How

does plastic look after the waxing?

...and how come I've never heard of Technosel? Any links/pictures on the web?

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No it dosent scuff.

I use Mothers brand polish. You can buy it at O'Reilly Automotive and its in a small red and whit can. Also, the plastic looks new. I had a white tank on my old XR600 and it looked new after waxing it, but with my translucent (natural) tank on the 400 the yellow wont go away, but it does make it clean and no scratches.

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I used wax and grease remover to clean the tank first.It is called PREPSOLE and is used for cleaning car parts before spraying.You can pick this up from any car auto shop.

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Drain the tank of fuel and leave the cap off for it to vent for a few days if possible.

Apply graphics and use a hairdrier to heat them up.

When fitted get them and the tank really warm again.. it helps the guy bond better.

Lastly leave the gascap off for as long as possible and fill it for the 1st time when you're ready to ride.

The more time they're allowed without fuel in the tank the better.

i found that unscrewing the cap after a ride and just letting it sit on the tank top aided in stopping them bubbling.

Mate did some on his YZ and they SHOCKING in 7 days.. HUGE bubbles everywhere.. he didn't follow any instructions! :)

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Brett, If this is a new tank (never used) that you are talking about then disregard this post. If its a used tank then you HAVE to clean it thourghly before applying the new graphics.

You want to get all the gas vapor residue and dirt that is in the plastic tank out.

The method I use (and it seems strange) was suggested by a friend of mine and I was skeptical about doing this too but it has worked great for me.

Use some type of abrasive car wax and wax all the dirt out of the tank (scrub hard)

Once you do that then clean it with soap and water several times untill you get the wax off the tank. I even use brake cleaner or contact cleaner to make sure it is all off.

Then apply the graphics as you see fit.

Does anyone else use this method.

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Darin from Missouri - 1999 WR 400F

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One of my Dirt Rider mags had an article about putting on Graphics. . .the guy that does McGraths graphics uses "contact cleaner". Dosen't leave any residue. Sprays it on, wipes it off and then applies the graphics. Then applies a layer of clear and he's done! I can look up the article if you're interested. :)

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gary: i saw the article u referred to & tried it on my new front fender. the contact cleaner totally dulled my plastic which is o.k. for the area under the graphics but not cool for the surrounding area. just my thoughts, but i won't be doing the contact cleaner technique again despite mc's boy having it down!

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Hmmm. . .that would definitely keep me from using it. . . I'll be interested to see what everyone decides; I'm in the market for some new graphics too. . . .

Thanks.

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I'm just going to use a de-greaser like Simple Green. I think it will get the plastic clean enough for graphics. I'm also going to try the technique of warming the fresh graphics with a hair dryer. It should make the glue very tacky. I think if you then let it set-up for overnight, think it will be fine. I know that my stock Honda XR graphics were bullet proof. Do you think it was the process in which the graphics were applied at the factory or the quality of the graphics?

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