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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-25-2013, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Tank sticker - how to properly apply

What is the best way to properly apply a big, thick tank sticker, without leaving any air bubbles and/or wrinkles on it ?

I have B3 800 and a clear transparent big and thick MV sticker, and although I took some patience in doing this I was still left with bubbles and wrinkles and both sides, at the ends. I did not use any special methods, just clean hands and stick it to the cleaned tank carefully. Wrinkles were not showing at first, looks like it has not been stretched propely.

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Hi Milan,
I had exackly the same issue with the MV special parts tank pad. Had to bin the first one because it was looking so poor when applied. On the second attempt with another one I warmed the pad a good bit before applying and cleaned the tank with an alcohol wipe. Then got the boss (the wife) to apply it as she is much more patient than I.
Despite all this there is still one small bubble on one of the edges, so for me it's a case of leave it now until I find a better alternative.
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Besides being meticulous with cleaning the surface, do not touch the sticky side. Also. look up and use a Positioning Fluid...the one I use is a spray. It is usually soap and water based with a touch of alcohol thrown in. This fluid allows the sticker to be moved when initially applied and allows for bubble removal with a stiff, but flexible squeegee.

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Yeah Like Chuck said.
I have found success with one of those 'window cleaner/surface cleaner' bottles with a trigger action. Anyway I mix up some soapy water in the clean bottle and simply spray it onto the previously cleaned area that the 'decal' is to be applied.., the 'decal' is then simply positioned and most of the excess soapy water blotted out with a clean paper hand towel (blue roll).
Leave to dry and all should be fine.


Trying to fit it 'dry' usually always results in air bubbles trapped no matter how careful you are.
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Thanks guys. Got my replacement sticker, we'll give it a go with positioning fluid, if I can't find that, it'll be with soap and water.
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Make sure that you don't used too much soap - just enough to make it slippery and I like add just a little methylated spirit in it in a bottle like Brian suggests above.

I've done both my F4 and F3 & both are well, if not perfect, certainly 99.9% good.

Also don't forget that the soapy mixture will prolong the glue's drying time, I leave mine to dry at least over night (which is probably overkill) before using the bike, but I like to be 110% sure.

Oh Milan, almost forgot, make sure you work from the centre out towards the edges when squeezing the liquid out, start at the middle work towards the edges in the directions of North, South, East & West if that makes sense. You can use a stiff but flexible squeegee as Chuck advises or if can't get one just use your fingers (as I do) with a soft rag underneath - take your time & check it again before leaving it to dry.

Again as Chuck said (can't be stressed enough) - IMPERATIVE not to touch the sticky side with your fingers.

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Call Valentino Rossi.
Apparently he is very meticulous with putting stickers on his bike....
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Damit, just missed him. He was in the area last weekend @Phillip Island, could have asked him to help between the practice sessions Guess, I'll have to do it myself using all your advices.
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He uses the same method..., only Italian soapy water!!
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Let us know how you got on Milan - maybe post a pic

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