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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-13-2006, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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Anybody ever remove decals?

I am going to buy my first bike soon. I am most likely going to be buying a red, 1998 Ninja 250. I was wondering if anyone has had any success with removing the decals on the bike? (The purple 'stripes') I've read about how to use a hairdryer, heat them up and slowly remove them, but I also read that if they are under the clearcoat, it is best not to remove them. Any help would be awesome! Thank you.
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If its under the clear, then I would leave them unless your planning on repainting your bike. If its not under it, then heat it with a hair dyer and it should peel off pretty well. If you have problems try a plastic putty knife. If there is some of the sticky residue left after there off, a little bit of lighter fluid of gas on a rag should get it off. Just don't put if on directy to the fairing and wipe it off fast or it will disolve the clear. Good luck.

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Typically the graphics on the bodywork are above the clearcoat so a hairdryer or heatgun will do the trick. Assuming it's a new bike. If it's used or been in the sun much then you will be able to see where the graphics were because of the sun fading the exposed part.

The graphics on the tanks(Kawasakie, Honda/wing, etc.) are under the clearcoat. If it is under the clearcoat then it can't be removed without ruining the paint as mentioned alread.

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I say just sandblast the whole thing and start over
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