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Old 03-19-2005, 04:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i got the throttle jockey woody graphics and seat cover and was wondering what you guys recommend doing to get the plastic ready for the graphics. my plastic has some small scratches but nothing bad. what do i need to do to get it smooth and ready for the graphics install?
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Old 03-21-2005, 02:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've got the same question, I ordered the elsinore kit, an are they anything I should do to the plastic???
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Old 03-21-2005, 03:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't do anything except clean/wipe the areas down with brake cleaner immediately before installing. Only do one area at a time. I.E. spray one area, then install, then spray the next area, then install.... etc. Also, use a cloth towel or something that won't leave lint on when wiping the cleaner off.

Then, get a spray bottle and mix 1 part alcohol and 3 parts water or 4 parts, not a big deal. Spray that on and place the graphics on lightly and then position the graphics where you want. Once positioned, squeegee the water from the center out. This will ensure you get all the bubbles out. Go slowly and work from the center out.

Keep a hair dryer close by, because if you have areas that are concave or curved, the graphics will likely bunch up in those areas. You can heat with the hair dryer and stretch it just enough to get the bunch out. Be careful, too much heat and it will get really soft.

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I don't do anything except clean/wipe the areas down with brake cleaner immediately before installing.* Only do one area at a time.* I.E. spray one area, then install, then spray the next area, then install.... etc.* Also, use a cloth towel or something that won't leave lint on when wiping the cleaner off.

Then, get a spray bottle and mix 1 part alcohol and 3 parts water or 4 parts, not a big deal.* Spray that on and place the graphics on lightly and then position the graphics where you want.* Once positioned, squeegee the water from the center out.* This will ensure you get all the bubbles out.* Go slowly and work from the center out.*

Keep a hair dryer close by, because if you have areas that are concave or curved, the graphics will likely bunch up in those areas.* You can heat with the hair dryer and stretch it just enough to get the bunch out.* Be careful, too much heat and it will get really soft.

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How about installing the seat cover???
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How about installing the seat cover???
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Not a clue. I stay far away from upholstery. You might call a place in town that does upholstery and let them do it. I've heard it's easy, but I haven't ever done one.

Can't help ya there... sorry.
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hey quick question....why use 1 part alcohol and 3 parts water??? i always have used soap with water
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hey quick question....why use 1 part alcohol and 3 parts water??? i always have used soap with water
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Hmmm, I should've and meant to say add a drop of dish soap with that.

I don't use straight water because the alcohol solution reacts with the glue that's on the backside, causing it to become stickier and it will help it dissipate under the plastic. Sometimes water alone, will make it less sticky and a little harder on the install.

Most graphics dealers sell an "install solution" and that's pretty much what it is. While you don't need to pay all the dough for theirs, you can make your own really easy.

Anyways, everybody has their own approach.
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I always wipe the surface of anything I am installing a decal to with Alcohol right before laying the decal down. It has always worked good for me and I know a few others that do the exact same thing. :)

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ok so i should use say an oz. of alcohol(by the way just rubbing alcohol?) 3 oz of water and a few drops of dish soap? so scratches are ok?
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ok so i should use say an oz. of alcohol(by the way just rubbing alcohol?) 3 oz of water and a few drops of dish soap? so scratches are ok?
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You only need one drop. That dish soap goes so so far. And you might need a little bit more than 4 oz, but that's your call, depending on how big the job is. So, yea, you get it.

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Originally posted by ridinredodb@Mar 19 2005, 04:25 PM
i got the throttle jockey woody graphics and seat cover and was wondering what you guys recommend doing to get the plastic ready for the graphics. my plastic has some small scratches but nothing bad. what do i need to do to get it smooth and ready for the graphics install?
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ha man i put an adapt racing graphic kit on my bike a few weeks ago and it turned out great. All the instructions told me to do was to wipe the plastic down with rubbing achol first and then while putting the graphics on spray water on the back of the graphic and on the bike. For the seat cover i took it down to the upulstrey shop and had them do it. i dont know if your seat cover is like mine or not but mine ended up being a little to big so i just had them add a little foam to the seat to make up the difference. It made it look a little different but it does feel better sitting on it now. if you have anymore questions about it let me know.
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thats what I did and it worked perfect also!
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i use windex to install "sticky" stuff. clean the surface with alcohol then spray with windex. leave wet and position graphics. then squeege the graphics so no bubbles. i think windex makes it stick better.
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