We at Racestar Graffix know the importance of applying a decal set correctly. Done in a rush, and the true affects of our decals won't be fully seen
1. Clean the plastics well with a good degreaser or contact cleaner and wipe dry. A proper degreaser will remove any old glue and residue from the plastics. This should even be done on new plastics. We suggest using a scotch pad to remove the shiny coating on new plastics. Be careful if washing with soap and water as the soap can leave a residue that will prevent the decal from adhering properly
2. When applying the decals, it is generally easier to do it with the plastics on the bike as they are more rigid and don’t move. We also prefer applying the decals dry as any moisture prevents the decal from adhering properly. From our experience we have found applying the decals dry, without soapy water is the best method.
3. Apply the decals one section at a time, pealing the backing off one section at a time. Once this small section has been aligned and stuck down, peel a little more away until you have completed the whole thing. Apply the decal in a back and forth motion from one end until the other. For this tricky curved side panels, we pull half the backing off horizontally, and align the left and right hand side corners and stick it down. Work from the middle down, using some heat along the way. Tricky number board decals are a thing of the past with our easy to work with material! Avoid touching the adhesive with your fingers , especially at the edges of the decal,as the oil on your fingers will cause the decal not to adhere properly
4. If you have an air bubble, you can carefully peel the decal back up immediately and re-apply it. Our adhesive, and graphics we designed so this can be done, as long as its not in excess, and the decals haven’t been given chance to dry.
5. If you end up with a bubble and its too late to remove the decal back and re-apply it, use a thin safety needle to poke a hole in it and release the air.
6. A hair dryer or careful use of a heat gun can be used on areas with curves, to make the decal more pliable. This is especially helpful where the decal needs to form to big curves and sharp corners. We strongly advise this when it comes to plastics with grooves in the airbox and radiator shrouds. Be careful not to heat the decal too much, as it may ruin the decal and result in the decal not adhering properly.
7, Gas tank decals are especially finicky. As your plastic naturally evaporates the fuel, it makes the decals difficult to adhere to the tank. We perforate our tank decals to alleviate this problem. Try avoiding spilling fuel down the sides of the tank as this causes an adverse reaction on the adhesive.
8. Immediately after applying the decals, we recommend taping the edges of the decal to the plastic with sellotape. This will help the decal set to the curves of the plastic and is easy to remove after. We recommend leaving the decals to set for 24 hours before riding
9. Take a step back and admire your awesome new look!
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