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Decal applying question ...

I've applied plenty of decals before, using soapy water & a squeegee ... has always worked great.

Tried to apply the HONDA decal to my windshield last night ... came with no instructions ... but it doesn't wanna come off the clear frontal holder so the letters can stick to the windshield.

Are some decals not meant to be applied using soapy water?

Any other suggestions?

I did clean the windshield first with soapy water ... maybe I needed to use something stronger? I was afraid I'd mess it up with a stronger chemical.
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Also ... next up I'll be replacing some of the bigger OEM decals, like the big, white tail side panel decals ... hopefully soapy water works with those, because I'm sure I'll need to slide them around to get 'em in the right spot & get the bubbles out.
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No soapy water does not work so well on these like you said they can get stuck to the application paper.

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I've put most of the stickers on my bike, man it's a tedious job.
I used soapy water for most all of them except the small ones like RC51, on the front fairing. I got a professional grade little squeegee from an auto paint supply store.
Having a heat gun helped me persuade the stickers just a little in some of the problem areas. Gotta be careful cause you can destroy the sticker real quick if you get it to hot.

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Rapid-Tac is way better than soapy water & do not use a heat gun just use a hair dryer.
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Rapid-Tac is way better than soapy water & do not use a heat gun just use a hair dryer.
That's good advice right there. I got lucky and didn't ruin any stickers, but a hair-dryer would definitely be a little safer.

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Yup a hair dryer is more than adequate for applying sheets to compound curves let alone smaller decals

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if the stickers are vinyl, then the sheet they are attached to also has a slight amount of adhesive. You stick the entire sheet where you want it, then peel off the backing. (actually attached to the front of the decal)

A few easy ways to do this...

use masking tape to line up the decal sheet
When applying, peel offa little backing at first and make sure the decal stays lined up.
When you finally peel off the remaining backing paper, don't lay it down, but instead hold it away from the surface and use your hand or a squeegee to work the decal into place little by little. This will eliminate air bubbles or creases.
Once the decal is in place, go over where the decal is making sure to press it into place, then carefully peel off the backing.
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if the stickers are vinyl, then the sheet they are attached to also has a slight amount of adhesive. You stick the entire sheet where you want it, then peel off the backing. (actually attached to the front of the decal)

A few easy ways to do this...

use masking tape to line up the decal sheet
When applying, peel offa little backing at first and make sure the decal stays lined up.
When you finally peel off the remaining backing paper, don't lay it down, but instead hold it away from the surface and use your hand or a squeegee to work the decal into place little by little. This will eliminate air bubbles or creases.
Once the decal is in place, go over where the decal is making sure to press it into place, then carefully peel off the backing.
Mike ... so you're talkin' no use of soapy water ... How do I know when to use soapy water and when not to??

I used it on this small HONDA lettering decal, and seems like maybe it shouldn't have been used ... but I also have some larger replacement decals to do, and can't figure out whether or not I can use soapy water on those.
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If you have to peel the sticker off then apply it, then you may be able to use a solution to get it in the position you want. When applying vinyl decals where the vinyl is stuck to a backing sheet that has to peel back, then you cannot use the solution. these types of decals are typically heavy duty type stuff and you see these applied to windows and doors of businesses. They are typical of the wing graphics on your fairings.

this site explains the process better, thought they do say you can apply decals with water. I've never done it this way, but I would assume it is possible, though it would take longer to dry.

http://www.precisionvinyldecals.com/...tructions.html
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