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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-07-2006, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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removing graphics

Has anyone had any experience with removing the graphics that come with the bike? I have an 06 suzuki gsxr600 and I'm thinking about removing my graphics but I'm not sure how to go about it and how much of a pain it would be. My original plans were to redo the graphics but I think I'm just going to go bare for a while.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-07-2006, 11:59 AM
 
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The March, 2004 issue of Rider magazine had a tech-answer about emblems. Not the same as a graphic that's covered in clearcoat, but here's their (my edit) answer: Warm up the adhesive-backed emblem with a hairdryer to soften the glue. Take a length of fishing line between your hands and work it with a slow sawing-motion under the emblem. It'll come off with no harm to the paint. Remove the glue with alcohol or electric-contact cleaner. To put a new emblem on, slather it with liquid hand soap. This gives you time to squirm the emblem in position. The soap won't affect the adhesive.
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Yep... you can also use floss!

You might want to check out tapeworks.com for another idea.

Don't get it twisted...removing the graphics will SUCK!!!

Plus as NW said.... you will not be able to remove the graphics on the tank.

Further, I have seen more than once...somebody got a little over cofident with a heat gun and started to melt their fairings.




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use a hairdryer that works well
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Yes it does...just don't burn it up using it for 3-4 hours so the girlfriend/wife has your head when she's trying to go to work the next morning!!!




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Yep... you can also use floss!

You might want to check out tapeworks.com for another idea.

Don't get it twisted...removing the graphics will SUCK!!!

Plus as NW said.... you will not be able to remove the graphics on the tank.

Further, I have seen more than once...somebody got a little over cofident with a heat gun and started to melt their fairings.
that's why i'm happy '06 gsxr600 doesn't have tank graphics
thanks everyone for the input! I'll post pics once I get around to doing it hopefully sometime this week.

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that's why i'm happy '06 gsxr600 doesn't have tank graphics
Yep! It shouldn't take to long to get'em off.

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hair dryer and some goo be gone from Wal-Mart.

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Oh yeah... lots of goo gone will be needed once you get the graphics off!




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Took me about 15mins to do, used the hairdryer and some wd40 to get the rest of the glue off, came out good and was super easy to do. The warning stickers were the hardest and most time consuming, still haven't gotten all of those off yet. here's a pic of what it looks like now though.
*thanks for the advice as well*

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I bet that thing would look sweet solid black.

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Awesome!!! So what new ideas besides bare are you going to go with?
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I plan on removing the mirrors. For this season I'm probably going to get a GSXR sticker like the one that was on the graphics with the R in pink until next year when I'm going to paint the whole thing black with hott pink flake I hope. Anything that's not black will get powder coated most likely. I'm still thinkin about what I want to do, this is just the begining. I ordered a m4 exhaust from oneidasuzuki.com but it's on backorder
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I plan on removing the mirrors. For this season I'm probably going to get a GSXR sticker like the one that was on the graphics with the R in pink until next year when I'm going to paint the whole thing black with hott pink flake I hope. Anything that's not black will get powder coated most likely. I'm still thinkin about what I want to do, this is just the begining. I ordered a m4 exhaust from oneidasuzuki.com but it's on backorder
Sweet, keep us updated, and lots of pics thru out the project.
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I definitly will
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i recently took the warning stickers off. i left the bike out in the sun for about 10 minutes (twas about 90 F in central FL). then took it into the garage to let the sticker cool off a bit. if the sticker is too hot, the glue will peel off the sticker and remain on the surface. I found this out on my first attempt.

I had a plastic screwdriver handy in my tool box and worked great to remove the stickers. On the ones that left glue, cleaner carnuba wax took it off using hand buffing. WD40 didn't do a good job. I couldn't find my bottle of goo gone.

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i recently took the warning stickers off. i left the bike out in the sun for about 10 minutes (twas about 90 F in central FL). then took it into the garage to let the sticker cool off a bit. if the sticker is too hot, the glue will peel off the sticker and remain on the surface. I found this out on my first attempt.

I had a plastic screwdriver handy in my tool box and worked great to remove the stickers. On the ones that left glue, cleaner carnuba wax took it off using hand buffing. WD40 didn't do a good job. I couldn't find my bottle of goo gone.

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I used a butterknife to scrape it off, worked fine no scratches. I had no problems with the wd40. I still have 2 warning stickers to take off, hopefully it'll be nice out soon so I don't have to do it in my garage where there's only about 6inches of space
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