Removing the Pinstripes


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Removing the Pinstripes

Postby patbrandon1 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:27 pm



I looked around on many forums and youtube. Has anyone ever used the 3M™ Stripe Off Wheel for removing pinstripes? I don't want to post links on this site that may indicate a promotion. But if you youtube this...

you could see what it is. The problem is the seemingly age old issue with flaking. Also, my Wing has had MORE added, by a female wife of the PO, and there are a LOT of them to remove. I plan on repainting the whole bike in the early spring, but if there are any good suggestions about removing the stripes, I would appreciate it. Girls think they look pretty on the bike, but I don't want a pretty Wing, I want it to be handsome. ;)

I'm thinking of going with a deep purple color, but any suggestions would be cool.

In this pic, you will see the many extra stripes that were added. They are all over the bike. It's gonna take me like six days just to remove the stripes.



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Re: Removing the Pinstripes

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:09 pm

The original (factory) pinstripes are UNDER the clear coat - so you will be looking at some serious rework if you want to remove those.

Most of the aftermarket (non-decal) pinstripes are painted/sprayed on. Try using oven cleaner - it's quite good at removing the owner-added pinstripes, airbrushed images, etc. without harming the original paint/surface.

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Re: Removing the Pinstripes

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:12 pm

I had a horrible time with my 1200.seems it was clear coat over the pinstripe.
Normally,add on pinstripe can be removed with a touch of heat to soften the glue.

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Re: Removing the Pinstripes

Postby patbrandon1 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:25 pm

WingAdmin wrote:The original (factory) pinstripes are UNDER the clear coat - so you will be looking at some serious rework if you want to remove those.

Most of the aftermarket (non-decal) pinstripes are painted/sprayed on. Try using oven cleaner - it's quite good at removing the owner-added pinstripes, airbrushed images, etc. without harming the original paint/surface.


I will try the oven cleaner. I am going to repaint the bike, so can I just DA them off? I can't tell if they are add-on decals, there is no real feel with a fingernail. But they are a kit I believe, because they have the same exact patterns from one to the other. i.e. there is a little bitty flaw at the tail end of the long ones, and it is on all four of them. Or could I just wet sand the parts and heavy prime?

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Re: Removing the Pinstripes

Postby Phunnybone » Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:38 pm

I used regular easy-off oven cleaner and q-tips to got some of mine off. Just spray the easy-off onto some foil, dip the q-tip in it, and rub the easy-off onto the stripe (the after market ones anyway). Wait 5 minutes and rub off with a rag (repeat if necessary). It didn't appear to harm the clear coat on the regular paint.

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Re: Removing the Pinstripes

Postby scotterichmond » Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:36 pm

When I did my 75 I tried a lot of things, what worked the best was a single edge razor blade. Scraping it off very carefully. if you slip ( like I did ) it is not the end of the world, just a little more filling and sanding.




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