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post #1 of 52 Old 04-09-2008, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Emergency sticker removal

Has anyone had problems removing the white sticker below the gas cap on the 919 tank? I think it used to say wear a helmet or something like that.

I pulled mine off easily enough but it left a clear plastic-like layer below it which has thus far thwarted my attempts to remove it. I've tried Windex and commercial sticker/adhesive remover as well as a sharp razor blade with no luck.

I'll admit that I treaded very cautiously with the blade.

Has anyone else had this issue?

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Kerosene and a flame thrower, I tried to take that sticker off my VFR and never did get the sticky crap off, why don't they use that stuff to put the heat tiles on the space shuttle.

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wd 40 will do it.
clean it afterward, maybe a little wax depending on your color.

well, your bike's.

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Yeah, used alcohol on mine to remove the sticky, then had to polish it up a bit but still took awhile before it faded to match the tank.

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although I didn't list it I think I did try the WD40 already. The commercial stuff I used was also pretty volatile smelling stuff. I was really surprised when it didn't soften it up at all.

I will revisit the WD40 and try some Kero as well. Oh ya, liberal use of my heat gun did little as well.

Tanks for the ideas.

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3M adhesive and wax remover. A little goes a long way. Trick is, to let it soak for a minute and keep it saturated w/ a paper towel.

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Have you really had luck with that stuff?
I haven't found it did a single thing even remotely as well as they claim.

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I've never had anything Goo Gone worked on either, it made an attractive black smudge on my tool box when I tried to remove a sticker off of it (WD-40 fixed that)
Where's the Va-Poo-Rize when you need it?

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2000TJ,

Try a WD-40 squirting, goo-gone launching flamethrower with a razor blade mounted on the front.
















Actually WD-40 alone should do it.

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The one thing I should clarify here is that there is no exposed adhesive, on which any of the recommended products would work great.

There is a thick plastic "remnant", stuck to the tank. In this case GOO Gone wont even come close.

I'm suRprised no one else has seen this.

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You are going to have to very carefully get under it with a razor blade and get all of that film up. I had no problem with mine but my brother's was a pain in the butt. It came up in little sections at a time. After that's all gone, ordinary lacquer thinner on a soft rag will get the adhesive off in 2 or 3 quick passes. Wax afterwards will restore color.

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I know what youre talking about! You peeled the sticker in half basically and the base is still there. You just gotta pick at it, alot, to get it to separate from the tank. Then alcohol or goo-gone to get rid of any remaining sticky. Same thing happened on my old 750 Nighthawk. I was impressed that when I bought it in 06 this 97 still had its tank sticker, and it was in good shape, gave me hell removing it tho.

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Thanks guys. I'll grab a beer and a blade when I get home and try again.

Maybe I can live this down some day.

... some day

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You on the right track with a heat guy, get it good and warm and use a bit o' WD40 - that should get it right off -

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it works for me, even took the tank sticker off.
I use it on everything, cereal...

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Hows about this stuff? It takes the annoying glue from window tints. They named it after what I did alllllll day at work today.
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Blow Dryer. Get it hot, peel up one edge, then try to pull it as fast as possible so the adhes. doesn't stick. If it does stick, use your finger to roll it into a little ball. After that, keep rubbing with your finger. It'll come off after a minute or so.

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Hairdryer

I've always just used a hairdryer and fingernails, then some kind of wax polish to get rid of any glue left behind.

It is infinitely easier to get these stickers off if they've not been on the bike very long though.

I got my new Hornet 600 last Thursday. It had come straight from Honda's UK distribution centre and was an '08 bike, so it hadn't been in stock very long. It took me no more than a couple of minutes to get the two stickers off the tank cleanly, in one piece, without leaving any trace of glue residue. This was done by warming with a hairdryer until I could pick a corner up with my fingernail, then peeling clean off.

However, when I did the same with my '06 R1 a year and a half ago it took much more perseverance, as the bike had been sitting around for much of the summer before I bought it. The hairdryer still worked, eventually, but the stickers broke up and I just had to keep going at them with my fingernails, while keeping them warm, and then there was quite a lot of glue residue to polish off afterwards.

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Blow Dryer. Get it hot, peel up one edge, then try to pull it as fast as possible so the adhes. doesn't stick. If it does stick, use your finger to roll it into a little ball. After that, keep rubbing with your finger. It'll come off after a minute or so.
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I just used a hair dryer (~2-3 mins) as mentioned above and rolled it off w/ my fingers. honda polish afterwards and you couldn't even tell that there was anything there.

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I just used Honda Polish!

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Hot sun, peel, goo gone, polish.

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If you have not gotten the sticker off yet you might want to try mineral spirits. I used it to remove all the stickers from the 919 tank and rear fairing 919 decals. Not the honda wings on the tank as they have a clear coat over them. I'd like to take them off but I do not want to pay for the clear coat touch up. Or have the bike off the road during the good riding season. Maybe, in the winter. Anyways ... light coating of mineral spirits ... let it soak ... rub lightly with a soft cloth. Repeat, repeat, repeat ... btw heat from a blow dryer will also help speed up the process. Be sure to wax afterwards. Mineral spirits will take all the wax off the bike. I got this trick from the guys that do pin stripping as this is what he was using before painting his pin-strips and designs.

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I can't recommend this but I used 20% nitro fuel for my R/C cars it took adh. off yust like that then I washed really well

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Thanks for the updates everyone. I'll admit that once the weather turned for the better here in Wisconsin i haven't as much as washed the bike... just riding and lubing it.

One of these days i'll give that damn sticker another 10 minutes of my time.

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I used a hairdryer then some gasoline on a rag.

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I like to use a pressure washer to remove stickers. You need to be careful and use the right amount of pressure, and get the tip of the pressure washer really close to the sticker. The pressure washer can mess up paint, seals, bearings if abused, so be careful! I just removed some dealer stickers from the rear cowl on my 919 at the self-serve carwash last week.

I always use lighter fluid for sticky residue.

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Thanks guys. I'll grab a beer and a blade when I get home and try again.

Maybe I can live this down some day.

... some day
Dear Lord! Stay away from it with the razor (and pressure washers for that matter)... you will just scratch the paint for no reason. Might as well hit the paint with a DA and some 80 grit! In fact.. there ya go.. tears that sticker right up. Sheesh!

Lacquer thinner or Acetone will certainly do the trick. You can pick the suborn edges with a finger nail. Once you have got to the sticky stuff the chemicals will dissolve it in seconds. Use a soft rag folding or swapping often.

Can't believe I am participating in this thread.. this is such basic crap. Should be on the first page of the owners manual.

This is why I pull the hideous stickers as soon as I unload the new bike from the trailer and before I even break-in the engine. It always rains the day I bring home a new motorcycle so there is plenty of time to remove lame stickers and reflectors.

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i used a cottonball with everclear (yes, the grain alcohol) and goo gone and it all came off

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Can't believe I am participating in this thread.. this is such basic crap. Should be on the first page of the owners manual.
I'm sure you're not a prick in real life.... just on the internet.

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I'm sure you're not a prick in real life.... just on the internet.
It's true. If I knew ya I'd drive over and do it for ya )

Avoid sharp things and use chemicals on soft rags. Modern Urethane paints can't be hurt my Lacquer thinner or Acetone. Even naphtha or Prep-all (wax and grease remover, pre-paint surface cleaner) would do the trick.

Anyway... back to being a prick!

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Anyway... back to being a prick!
That's the way I felt when Lemonhead started that horrible rumor that I was a laid back guy.... "hey man, i've got a reputation to uphold here!"

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That's the way I felt when Lemonhead started that horrible rumor that I was a laid back guy.... "hey man, i've got a reputation to uphold here!"
Until recently I actually thought you were a chick in pink riding gear. Possibly a lesbian.

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I am a lesbian, trapped inside a man's body. Love the ladies.

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If you have not gotten the sticker off yet you might want to try mineral spirits. I used it to remove all the stickers from the 919 tank and rear fairing 919 decals. Not the honda wings on the tank as they have a clear coat over them. I'd like to take them off but I do not want to pay for the clear coat touch up. Or have the bike off the road during the good riding season. Maybe, in the winter. Anyways ... light coating of mineral spirits ... let it soak ... rub lightly with a soft cloth. Repeat, repeat, repeat ... btw heat from a blow dryer will also help speed up the process. Be sure to wax afterwards. Mineral spirits will take all the wax off the bike. I got this trick from the guys that do pin stripping as this is what he was using before painting his pin-strips and designs.
What years is your bike? My Honda wings didn't have clear over them. Mine is an '02. Anyone else have clear over the decal?

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My wings have clearcoat over them as well. 2006

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