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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-11-2005, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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HELP gas tank emblem removal

My cousin just got a used 2 year old Honda or Yamaha. He's in the customizing process and wants the fake chrome emblems off the sides of the tank. How? We've heard everything from prey it of after warming the tank (how do you warm a tank with fuel in it ) to take fishing line and hold it inbetween the tank and emblem and use a sawing motion and it will cut the glue. He doesn't want to repaint it so no chemicals or damaging ways to do this would be helpful! Help!

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-11-2005, 11:18 AM
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Unless he's planning on putting other graphics in it's place, don't count on the paint not being messed up

1)take the tank off the bike, and empty it.
2) take a heater gun to it
3) slowly pull the emblem off
4) Get some goo-gone, orange clean, or any other cleaner, and wipe it clean.
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tank graphics are almost always under the clear. if that is the case his best bet is putting replacement ones of a different color right over them. otherwise its live with it or repaint.

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hair dryers work wonders
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+1 Use a hair dryer to heat up the decal. That'll melt the glue and make it easier to pull it off. Heat a little at a time, pull some off, then reheat.

I keep a hair dryer in the garage just to melt glue and duct tape residue.

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Good ideas. It's not a sticker under the clear, it's a stick on plastic piece made to look like chrome. It is 3 dimensional (6 inches long 2 inches high and it sticks out 1/4 - a full inch at points) and we're pretty sure it's just stuck on from the factory. Not being very mechanical he's trying to avoid draining the tank and removing the tank. Can you use a hair dryer on a tank that has fuel in it? Nobody's heard of the fishing line trick I guess?

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you shouldn't worry about the hair dryer heating it up that much, just think about how hot the tank can get when the sun is beating down on it if you have it parked outside. Draining the tank for that is not needed. Plus the bike only being 2 years old, the sticker should come off without much difficulty
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you shouldn't worry about the hair dryer heating it up that much, just think about how hot the tank can get when the sun is beating down on it if you have it parked outside. Draining the tank for that is not needed. Plus the bike only being 2 years old, the sticker should come off without much difficulty
Are you sure or you just trying to kill me? Should I just start working it back and forth to gently pry it off?

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just go over the decal, it'll get soft, and just peel it off

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I've heard the fishingline way, but have always used a Hair Dryer.

You could always heat it up a little and use the fishingline.


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Here's your fishing line info --> http://www.valkyrieriders.com/shoptalk/badges.htm <-- And it looks like it will work! They do caution about gas with a hair dryer. . .

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I keep a hair dryer in the garage just to melt glue and duct tape residue.[/QUOTE]

ya right! it's for that nappy ass fro you try to tame down.
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ya right! it's for that nappy ass fro you try to tame down.
we all know the story Chills....ha!!! jk!!

I wish I had a nappy fro I had to tame! I'm going bald.

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