how to remove tank decals

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by blazer96, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. blazer96

    blazer96 Guest

    I want to remove the Honda tank labels off of my 700 shadow. I want to put
    flames on in its place. What is the best way to remove the labels without
    damaging the paint? TIA
    blazer96, Nov 17, 2005
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  2. I have seen a few different ways that Honda puts lettering, etc on their
    bikes. The range from decals with clearcoat to self adhesive labels, to self
    adhesive with clearcoat. Determining what you have is almost impossible
    without knowing the year of the bike.

    R. Pierce Butler, Nov 17, 2005
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  3. blazer96

    blazer96 Guest

    The bike is a 1985 model.
    blazer96, Nov 17, 2005
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    Ben Halicki Guest

    If it's just a decal over paint, no clearcoat over the decal, make sure
    everythings nice and warm. Leave it out in the sun for awhile, then
    gently try to remove the decal. If it's cold, it'll be more likely to
    remove the paint with it... don't ask how i know that.
    Ben Halicki, Nov 17, 2005
  5. blazer96

    blazer96 Guest

    There appears to be clearcoat over the decal.
    blazer96, Nov 18, 2005
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    lobo Guest

    Time to get out the sand paper and spring for a tank repaint if you want
    them gone that bad.
    Good Luck!
    lobo, Nov 18, 2005
  7. Buy a spare tank and repaint that and keep the original.

    R. Pierce Butler, Nov 18, 2005
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    Bummers Guest

    Angle grinder if they're clear coated. If not then a hair dryer or heat gun
    to warm them up, and peel off using only a fingernail (it won't scratch the

    Rod -
    Bummers, Nov 20, 2005
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    badaztek Guest

    actually eastwood has a special wheel for a hand held drill to remove
    decals and old stickers all you have to do after your done is buff out
    your paint ,but I have to warn you here that when you remove decals off
    paint after it has been on for a couple years there is always a
    discoloration in the paint and it shows you how damaging the sun can do
    to your paint and oxidation ,so hopefully your new flames should cover
    the old decals area ,and one more thing to do is also take a a few good
    shots of your old decals before you remove them just in case a few years
    down the road you decide you want to restore it back to original ,alot
    of guys has remaved things like old factory decals before and then they
    find out there was several different ones on it and they cant remember
    the exact one or they are not avaible at all ,so try to keep a record of
    all the little things like this if not for yourself but maybe if you
    sell someday the next guy at least will have a good record of it
    badaztek, Nov 28, 2005
  10. blazer96

    blazer96 Guest

    thanks for the advice!!!
    blazer96, Nov 28, 2005
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