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Removing pinstripes

Postby wayneday » Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:18 am



Hello "wingers"!

I would like to safely remove the pinstripes from my 1976 GL 1000 and haven't really found any good advice just googling it so I thought someone on here must have done this. I would like to remove the stripes only without damaging the paint as it is in very good shape. Any suggestions?

Thanks



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Re: Removing pinstripes

Postby Mh434 » Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:07 pm

If they're "stickers", a heat gun will let you peel them right off (that's what professional paint shops use). If they're painted on, well, it's not likely they'll come off without a repaint...

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Re: Removing pinstripes

Postby wayneday » Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:42 pm

Pretty sure they're stickers...........heard about using a heat gun but wasn't sure how the plastic would hold up. Guess I will give it a shot keeping a close eye on the finish. Thanks

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Re: Removing pinstripes

Postby Mh434 » Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:15 pm

On the plastic, if you're careful, you can heat up the sticker area incrementally until they JUST start to peel away when you pull on them. Keep the heat moving along the stripe (never in one place on plastic, obviously), and as you get rolling it shouldn't take any time at all. The color beneath may be a bit darker, of course.

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Re: Removing pinstripes

Postby Big Blue UK » Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:39 pm

My trike was plastered with pinstripes and decals when I bought it,



I used a hairdryer, and the method mh434 mentioned, I then used label remover spray on the glue residue
If at first you don't succeed, hide the evidence.

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Re: Removing pinstripes

Postby bill55 » Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:52 pm

The way that mh434 explained it is the way that I did it. I have an 82 1100A. I used a heat gun and slowly heated the decal stripe and pulled up as I heated it. The decal seems to be a combination of plastic and paper. I did the lids on the 2 side saddle boxes. Be aware that removing the decals will leave some glue residue behind. I have tried all sorts of stuff to get that residue off, goo gone, acetone, lighter fluid, metal polish and some one suggested trying a gum eraser, I have not found anything yet to remove the glue residue. I may try rubbing compound next. Another thing that you will have after removing the stripe is it will leave 2 ridges where you remove the stripes. The ridges are there because the paint is clear coated after the stripes are put on.
Now I did read about a product that is made for removing pinstripes. It is basically a round gum eraser disc that you put in a drill and it is suppose to remove the stripe without harming the paint. I haven't tried this yet but it may be my last resort next to sanding down and repainting.
i hope this information helps you, just remember, those stripes have been on the bike for 39 years in your case.

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Re: Removing pinstripes

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:29 pm

hey bill55:

using rubbing compound might dull the paint finish, you're better off using "polishing" compound, its not a abrasive as rubbing compound is. it should do the job, plus it'll keep the paint from dulling. after using it, go over it with some polish.

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Re: Removing pinstripes

Postby jenagle » Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:37 pm

I didn't like the dealer's decal on my new car, so I had a friend in a body shop remove it. He used what appeared like a rubber eraser in a drill chuck and just erased it right off. Didn't hurt the finish or anything. He said that is what the dealers do when they get used cars in to resell. It didn't have clearcoat over it 'though.

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Re: Removing pinstripes

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:49 pm

see, there in lies the problem, the clear coat. a rubbing compound might dull the finish and depending on how hard your rubbing, it might even take the clear coat off. a "polishing" compound wont do that. I've never heard of a rubber eraser in a dill chuck, but I can definitely check that out. I have a body shop supply store near me, I can go there and ask them what the best thing to use. if anyone knows what to use it'll be them. I'll find out tomorrow and post my findings. 2 questions, is the bikes body parts plastic and is it clear coated.

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Re: Removing pinstripes

Postby jenagle » Fri Jan 23, 2015 6:44 am

2 questions, is the bikes body parts plastic and is it clear coated.


The answers are yes, and probably. Wing body Tupperware is ABS plastic.

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Re: Removing pinstripes

Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri Jan 23, 2015 6:56 am

good morning people, jenagle:

lol, Tupperware? funny, ok, I'll find out today.

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Re: Removing pinstripes

Postby wayneday » Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:18 am

thanks for all the feedback! I guess I should start with the least risky method and just stick to a heat gun and see how that works. I figured the residue would be a bitch to remove but I'll deal with that later if I am successful at first removing the striping.

There is a car detailer in town that I have been told will remove striping too......probably has the drill attachment you guys mentioned but I am still going to give it a try myself first.

Thanks again

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Re: Removing pinstripes

Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:46 am

hey Wayneday:

good luck with it, but I'll still find out what the body shop supply store says because I have an '83 wing that im in the process of repainting and I too was thinking about removing the stripes, but then I thought, :idea: since its nearly impossible to get new factory stripes, (and they'd cost a small fortune if you can find them), why not leave them on and paint over them, and when the paint dries, I'll be able to mask up the paint and repaint the stripes exactly where they already are. that way there's no guess work as to where they belong. they will have a perfect outline of where to mask and repaint. something that you other wingers might wanna think about if your going to do a total repaint using the original stripe lines. you can repaint them any color you want to color coordinate with your bikes color scheme.

stuart.

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Re: Removing pinstripes

Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:40 pm

ok guys, here's what I found out. I went to the auto body supply store and got the information for ya. your right, it IS a large eraser that's on a round wheel made to be used on a 3/8 drill. its a product made by "astropneumatic tool co". and its called a "smart eraser pad" it sells for around $14.00. 3M also makes one for the same set up, cost, $25.00 (what's in a name right?), both these products are the same except for the brand name. they both work the same way and both do the same job.

for removing the residue, you'll have to get some "adhesive remover", $14.00 per qt. the eraser pad wont remove any residue. 3M also makes this as well as other manufactures. so there's all the info you need.

good luck.

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Re: Removing pinstripes

Postby jenagle » Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:06 pm

Thanks, in twenty-five words or less. :lol:

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Re: Removing pinstripes

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:57 am

your welcome.........in 3 words or less :D hey, be thankful I didn't use pictures with circles and arrows and paragraphs under each one, to coin a phrase from Alice's restaurant :lol:

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Re: Removing pinstripes

Postby waituntilthebeep » Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:32 am

jenagle wrote:I didn't like the dealer's decal on my new car, so I had a friend in a body shop remove it. He used what appeared like a rubber eraser in a drill chuck and just erased it right off. Didn't hurt the finish or anything. He said that is what the dealers do when they get used cars in to resell. It didn't have clearcoat over it 'though.

I have used these "vinyl erasers" or "graphics erasers" a lot at work. We are a truck dealership and they work slick. They don't burn the paint and they take the majority of the glue off with the vinyl. Does not work though if a clear coat has been applied over the stripes.

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Re: Removing pinstripes

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:48 am

good morning waituntil:

im not going to remove the original stripes, im going to paint over them and once the base coat is dry, im going to mask everything up and paint fresh stripes right over the old stripe outlines. that way I'll know exactly where they belong with no guess work. once the stripes are dry, I'll clear coat everything. gold stripes over the dark green flare poly is going to look really nice. there's a new clear coat called "wetwet clear" and its sold from a paint shop down in LA. even when its dry, it looks wet. it dries like a mirror and there's no compounding or buffing needed. here's a link to their website......http://www.thewetwet.com once you get onto their site, go down to the bottom and click on the banner, it will take you to their complete page of "stuff". im going to get some and spray all the bike's plastics once everything is dry. it should come out really nice.

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