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Old 08-21-2010, 08:36 PM   #1
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Question Feau Carbon on my F800

I recently bought a lightly used '09 F800 (loving it). The prior owner put all this feaux carbon on the bike. I like the one on top of the tank but I'm not too crazy about the ones on the side panels.

Anybody have any idea if I can get these off with a heat gun without trashing the basic underlying side panel?

Thanks for the help!



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Old 08-21-2010, 09:18 PM   #2
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Nice beads! Yeah a heat gun might be a little much... Maybe a hair blower would do the trick.
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:35 AM   #3
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Try to let it sit in the hot sun for several hours then just peel`em off. Whatever adhesive that remains......use googone.....or like it. I try to stay away from the heat gun.....the plastic underneath might not like it.....


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Old 08-22-2010, 08:30 AM   #4
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+1 on some good ol' sunshine, then "Goop Off" is the stuff I use for the residue. But if the sun fails, the heat gun really is a good tool- you've just gotta be careful.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:47 AM   #5
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Spelling police here, I was alerted when you spelled the same word incorrectly two different ways. That's a cry for help, IMO.

"faux"

ps. I really hate that fake CF shit. Who in their right mind buys that? Do they think it will be mistaken for the real thing?!? Stop the insanity, and stop giving your hard earned money to people who have nothing more to offer than faux CF stickers!

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Old 08-22-2010, 11:41 AM   #6
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Try to let it sit in the hot sun for several hours then just peel`em off. Whatever adhesive that remains......use googone.....or like it. I try to stay away from the heat gun.....the plastic underneath might not like it.....


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this dude here is some sort of wizard with carbon fiber. He'd probably have a good clue.
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Old 08-22-2010, 11:43 AM   #7
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I think I'd keep it all! All of that will serve a purpose as far riding standing up or putting on a tank bag. It is a functional upgrade.
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Old 08-22-2010, 03:52 PM   #8
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On the one hand I suppose it protects the plastic ... on the other hand it looks terrible.

I think I would put it in the sun (if you are ever lucky enough to have any!), spray it with a mist of water and cover it in cling wrap. With a bit of luck after a few hours it might just peel off. This is a common practice in Australia to remove registration labels from windscreens ... might work.
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Old 08-23-2010, 12:40 PM   #9
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the other spelling police here... see bracketed CAPS

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Spelling police here, I was alerted when you spelled (SPELT) the same word incorrectly two different ways. That's a cry for help, IMO.

"faux"

ps. I really hate that fake CF shit. Who in their right mind buys that? Do they think it will be mistaken for the real thing?!? (QUESTION MARK OR EXLAMATION MARK? NEVER BOTH, AND N_E_V_E_R 3!!!) Stop the insanity, and stop giving your hard earned (HARD-EARNED MUST BE HYPHENATED!) money to people who have nothing more to offer than faux CF stickers!

Rant over, sorry about that...
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Old 08-23-2010, 02:00 PM   #10
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My vote

Burn out you're wife's hair dryer. (Assuming you're married!) A true heat gun is way too hot for the plastic air box cover. Take it from me. I'm a professional wood restoration specialist. Those heat guns will burn wood.

The sun would work if you were here in Texas right now. My truck thermometer is reading 108f today!

Another trick I've tried is using a long piece of mono-filament fishing line in conjunction with the hair dryer. Start at an edge and use it kind of like a cheese cutter. Heat the fake CF material slowly and move the line back and forth (under the applique) between the CF stuff and the painted surface. This should eliminate the possibility of damaging the paint under the stick-on. If you have residue from the adhesive, use Goof-off of some other organic solvent such as MEK or high-flash naphtha. Some light work gloves are a good idea when implementing this method.

Good luck! I agree, it's ugly!
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Old 08-23-2010, 02:08 PM   #11
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blah blah blah...
I was alerted when you spelled (SPELT) the same word incorrectly two different ways.
...more blah blah blah.

See bracketed CAPS above...

Spelt is a grain, not the past tense of spell.
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:45 PM   #12
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Thanks all for da spelling lesson and advice. I think I'll try the heat gun on low to warm it up and release the adhesive then deal with the residue with Goo stuff. I'll let you know how it goes.

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Old 08-23-2010, 10:15 PM   #13
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Thanks all for da spelling lesson and advice. I think I'll try the heat gun on low to warm it up and release the adhesive then deal with the residue with Goo stuff. I'll let you know how it goes.

Oh, advice?

Heat gun is fine if you're careful and pay attention to what you're doing. Keep it at a distance, like 12 to 18 inches and check the stickers to make sure they're not getting too hot. And keep it moving or you'll melt shit. When the plastic gets melted it's really hard to remove. Please don't ask me how I know this.
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:24 PM   #14
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Laugh Faux no maux

Well - it was particularly hot here today. So I just kept it out in the heat for a spell (104F) then they peeled right off. Very little residue which came right off with Goof Off. QED. Must be time for a beer.

And - oh yes - it looks much cleaner and maux better!

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Old 08-24-2010, 07:30 PM   #15
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Awesome.......In case you get bitten by the darkness.....you could make the real thing......


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