Lower swingarm sticker removal

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Lower swingarm sticker removal

Post by UFO » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:48 pm


They are a PITA, but they will come off cleanly. The key is patience.

The stickers are stuck to a large piece of structural metal (the swingarm), and it takes quite a long time for the stickers to heat up because all the heat just sinks away into the swingarm. Different than a sticker on a thin piece of plastic for example.

After soaking a corner of one sticker for about 10 minutes and working it up cleanly, they will slowly peal off while continuing to apply heat.
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Re: Lower swingarm sticker removal

Post by cOoTeR » Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:28 pm


Mine were 50/50. The first came off no problem. The second after heating it looked like it was coming up on its own so I grabbed the corner and the outer layer of the sticker separated from the bottom. It left a soft paper and glue that doesn't hold together good enough to get it to peel.
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Re: Lower swingarm sticker removal

Post by KiwiKodi » Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:35 pm


UFO wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:48 pm
They are a PITA, but they will come off cleanly. The key is patience.

The stickers are stuck to a large piece of structural metal (the swingarm), and it takes quite a long time for the stickers to heat up because all the heat just sinks away into the swingarm. Different than a sticker on a thin piece of plastic for example.

After soaking a corner of one sticker for about 10 minutes and working it up cleanly, they will slowly peal off while continuing to apply heat.
What did you soak it with? Seriously considering painting it and admiting defeat.
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Re: Lower swingarm sticker removal

Post by UFO » Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:48 pm


KiwiKodi wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:35 pm
UFO wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:48 pm
They are a PITA, but they will come off cleanly. The key is patience.

The stickers are stuck to a large piece of structural metal (the swingarm), and it takes quite a long time for the stickers to heat up because all the heat just sinks away into the swingarm. Different than a sticker on a thin piece of plastic for example.

After soaking a corner of one sticker for about 10 minutes and working it up cleanly, they will slowly peal off while continuing to apply heat.
What did you soak it with? Seriously considering painting it and admiting defeat.
Heat. But if that was your picture on FB it's probably too late. You'll need some sort of dedicated sticker removal stuff that doesn't harm paint.

They will come off clenely with a heat gun, but it literally takes 10 minutes for the sticker to get warm enough because all the heat gets soaked up by the massive aluminum swingarm (al is an excellent heat conductor). Sucks all the heat away from the sticker until the local swingarm is also hot.
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Re: Lower swingarm sticker removal

Post by Ninja H2SX » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:26 pm


UFO wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:48 pm
You'll need some sort of dedicated sticker removal stuff that doesn't harm paint.
WD-40 or Goo Gone will both work and not hurt the paint. Put some on the glue and let it soak for 10 min and it should soften it up pretty good for easier removal without any heat.
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Re: Lower swingarm sticker removal

Post by stk0308 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:49 am


I was going to say we should count ourselves lucky there are so few decals. But, I didn't notice until now it looks like there are 3 decals on the swingarm. One of the chain guard, and then the 2 on the gas tank. Bleh.
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Re: Lower swingarm sticker removal

Post by KiwiKodi » Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:32 pm


In your face Kawasaki sticker. You are no longer. Was about to jet wash the bike down then thought - hmmm - strongest nozzle on and 5 minutes later - gone!!!
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