Graphic USA Application Tips
You will need the following tools to apply your new graphics:
1. Clean your plastic with 100% rubbing alcohol. If your bike is new, you will want to
remove any silicone left on the plastic from manufacturing. If you are applying your graphics on plastic
that has had old decals removed, be sure to clean any left over adhesive. Contact cleaner or break
cleaner works well but be sure to finish the cleaning process with 100% rubbing alcohol. Also be
sure to clean your hands well so you don't transfer oil from your skin on to the graphic.
- 100% Rubbing alcohol
- Spray bottle with water, soapy water or Simple Green
- Heat gun or hair dryer
- Clean towel and credit card or plastic squeegee
2. Spray the clean plastic with a mist of water or soapy water to help with alignment
and remove the backing from the vinyl graphic. I often use Simple Green to help with alignment and it
seems to work well since it's biodegradable and doesn't break down the adhesive properties of the vinyl.
3. Start at one end and align the graphic as you move to the other end while using the
plastic to squeegee out the liquid. Apply heat as you move along to help with curves and bends in the
plastic. If you are applying the graphic to a flat surface, heat & water is not needed.
4. Taking the plastic off the bike usually works best since you can move it around and
adjust your application more easily. Again, if it's a small bike with flat surfaces this may not be
necessary. For big bikes, especially a 250F or 450F it's much easier if you remove the plates to apply
graphics. Then apply the air box graphic after putting the plates back on the bike for correct
alignment. If you end up with a bubble or two, just poke them with a pin to push the air out.
5. The best advice of all for big bike owners is to take your time and try to not get
frustrated. 450's can be a pain when it comes to number plates, but if you take your time you can get
them just right. If you are having a hard time and race in Minnesota, I've been known to help people
apply their graphics at the track with my heat gun & Simple Green so just let me know. None of the
graphics I've applied have had a problem in the past.
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