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Narsisco Lopez 05-19-2012 03:42 PM

Safari Tank Wrap Day
 
As some may know, my brother and I have been doing some experimenting with "sustainable" vinyl wrapping of my new black Safari tanks... with "sustainable" in this particular instance referring to making the vinyl SUSTAIN its adhesive properties and STAY PUT on these slippery damned tanks! :D

The first experiment, Safari Tank Wrap Experiment - Graphics Feedback Requested went very well,.. stayed put for more than 800 miles; no lifting, no bubbling, no nothing. So, we decided to pull off the first experimental piece and wrap both tanks using a method a few 3M big brains suggested.

The photos below show today's process...

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-01.jpg

Yes, that's a MAP torch and, yes, he's pre-heating the tank (and yes... we have a fully-charged fire extinguisher standing by :D )

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-02.jpg

Primer being applied

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-03.jpg

Placing the vinyl

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-04.jpg

Squeegee work

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-05.jpg

Fire is your friend when professionally-wrapping anything

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-06.jpg

Doing a proper wrap job is 100% proper technique

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-07.jpg

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-08.jpg

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-09.jpg

Right side done

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-10.jpg

Laying out the vinyl on the left side

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-11.jpg

More heat to help stretch the vinyl into place

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-12.jpg

A good squeegee technique is critical

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-13.jpg

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-14.jpg

Gretchen playing "watch" dog and keeping us company

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-15.jpg

Extra primer on the top leading edge

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-16.jpg

Right side done

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-17.jpg

Another shot of the completed left side

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...ri_wrap-18.jpg

So, both tanks took him approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Next step: he'll cut my custom logos this week. Here's the Photoshopped mock-up of the design I came up with...

http://www.spritle.net/ktm/safari/wr...go_mock_up.jpg

More photos and commentary when we apply the new graphics.

TcRulz 05-19-2012 04:04 PM

Love your work.
 
Let me be the first to say that looks AWESOME! You now know your in a 'Long term testing' phase and you have to keep reporting back on it's progress with updates:deal

Narsisco Lopez 05-19-2012 04:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TcRulz (Post 18724060)
Let me be the first to say that looks AWESOME! You now know your in a 'Long term testing' phase and you have to keep reporting back on it's progress with updates:deal

Thanks very much! :freaky

To be completely honest... 1 month and 800 miles is a pretty short-term test. I'll consider "long-term" at least 1 full riding season. Let's see how it looks when I get back from this August's Dalton Highway trip :D

xdbx 05-19-2012 04:19 PM

Why the MAP torch vs a heat gun?

Alti Tude 05-19-2012 04:22 PM

I would guess there are other colors available right? How bout an orange vinyl to match the stock color as a base to then apply whatever logos and such one wanted?

Narsisco Lopez 05-19-2012 04:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alti Tude (Post 18724130)
I would guess there are other colors available right? How bout an orange vinyl to match the stock color as a base to then apply whatever logos and such one wanted?


Yep... there are a HUGE number of colors, textures, gloss/matte finishes. Your imagination is the only limitation (ok... your wallet contents is a significant limiting factor :lol3 )

DesertSurfer 05-19-2012 05:34 PM

Very courageous experimenting...
 
Can't believe doing this to new Safari Tanks. Many here to be thankful for your inquisitions. Wrap your side covers and tail section with all that extra cf vinyl. Your concept looks fantastic... I hope it sticks. I could foresee a variety of colors added to all Safari tanks... Imagine wrapping complete bike including yellowish SF tanks rally blue with RedBull team logos...
Deadly 99 could now easily change team colors with the seasons..
Love it...

Geek 05-19-2012 07:10 PM

David: your brother is an artist :bow

I look forward to having him wrap my Sprinter's hood in carbon after we get back from Dinosaur :freaky

After the first question (which is will it bubble over time :lurk) the other main question is how well will it hold up when you toss 'er in the pickies :D

Peanuts 05-20-2012 01:02 AM

I see this bubble was still there as the job progressed. Did he get it out at the end?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ri_wrap-06.jpg

Todd34 05-20-2012 05:00 AM

It looks great.:thumb

Narsisco Lopez 05-20-2012 05:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Geek (Post 18724955)
After the first question (which is will it bubble over time :lurk)

We'll see what happens over this season. He had a very long conversation with a lead 3M chemist when they visited last week. They discussed the various issues and she was confident it all came down to proper initial prep and proper installation. Again... time will tell. She asked to see photos over the next few months.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Geek (Post 18724955)
the other main question is how well will it hold up when you toss 'er in the pickies :D

Yeah, that's the biggie, ain't it? Might have to have a set of crash bars modded to fit these beasts! :deal

Quote:

Originally Posted by Peanuts (Post 18725892)
I see this bubble was still there as the job progressed. Did he get it out at the end?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ri_wrap-06.jpg

That isn't a bubble, it's an imperfection in the Safari tank (and these tanks have many )... big enough that we PROBABLY should have sanded it off. We'll knock it down on the next wrap :lol3

liftedlimo 05-20-2012 07:33 AM

Looks sweet! I am very interested in how these turn out for my own guilty reasons.

Good Job:clap:freaky

Hondo 05-20-2012 08:27 AM

Awesome- can't wait to see the final outcome!

Hope it sticks well -

Peanuts 05-20-2012 09:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Narsisco Lopez (Post 18726449)

That isn't a bubble, it's an imperfection in the Safari tank (and these tanks have many )... big enough that we PROBABLY should have sanded it off. We'll knock it down on the next wrap :lol3

Shame you did not spot it before :(

The tanks look stunning. It must take great skill to handle the wrap so you stretch it only where required.

BaronVonDarrin 05-20-2012 12:21 PM

Is this something I could have done at a graphics shop?


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