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    Senior Member DonBenito's Avatar
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    I've been contemplating re-painting my plastics for awhile now. I've never been a huge fan of jazzy squiggles and the like, so at the very least I'd like to remove the factory graphics and go with plain white plastics until I get a bigger tank and enough gumption to paint.



    I almost put my fingernail under the edge of a decal today, but the only thing worse than jazzy graphics is half-peeled-off graphics and stained/scarred plastics.



    With all of the custom paint jobs posted on here I'm sure there are a few folks with tips to offer on removing the factory graphics.



    What should I expect if I do start to peel, and should I have any particular tools or products on hand to make my job easier?
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    I used a handheld blow-dryer. Warmed 'em up and they peeled right off leaving nothing behind.

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    +1, I did exactly what cptrout did and had no issues. Should there be a little residue, just use goo gone or similar gunk remover.
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    I too did the same as cptrout & admiral. Wax afterwards also blended in any color differences due to fading.
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    I parked my 97 in the sun for an hour or two, then just peeled them off, nothing left behind to deal with.
    Only a fool would attempt it, and God help me, I am that fool!

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    I peeled them in the cold and they were very brittle. Warming +10 for warming them up. Used goof off or something similar to take off the little bit of residue that remained.
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    Anyone have pictures of thier "naked" bikes? I've been contemplating this but a little to nervous to commit.
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    Use a hairdryer and goo gone, worked well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain_Will_Fall View Post
    Anyone have pictures of thier "naked" bikes? I've been contemplating this but a little to nervous to commit.
    Once i get my new rubbers and a few parts powder coated, ill take some pics for ya. After you see mine, your gonna wanna commit. Oh the things you can do with these bikes...

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    Sounds good, can't wait to see it! I'm not a big fan of the blue and black "wisps" for lack of a better word.
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