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Old 09-26-2014, 12:43 PM   #1
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KTM 950 ADV Beautification

I recently picked up a 2004 950 Adventure that has a bit of rash on the left side. The tank and upper fairing have scratches going through the KTM logo, and of course the decals on both sides are bubbled. I realize I could just leave it as is (and I may), but ideally I'd like to make her look good again so I can earn all the scratches myself

I've done a fair bit of research. I will probably remove the bubbling decals from both sides, from there I'm not sure. I have a sheet of flat black vinyl that I could try but it will likely bubble on the tank like the decals did. I could try my hand at painting since the paint code is readily available. I could buy replacement stickers which will cover most of the scratches but not all.


What would you do!?
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:33 PM   #2
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Ride it.
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:36 PM   #3
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What I would do is spend a bunch of time and some money making it all pretty again, then ride it for a bit and get it all scratched up again, and then sit around with some beers feeling like a dumbass for putting all that time and effort into making it pretty. But that's just how I roll.
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Old 09-26-2014, 02:01 PM   #4
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Old 09-26-2014, 02:02 PM   #5
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Probably what I will do is ride it and then attempt to make it pretty before I inevitably sell it in the spring time...
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Old 09-26-2014, 02:17 PM   #6
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The tank decals can be replaced with carbon fiber-looking vinyl sheet, providing you have some DIY skills.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=857501

Sponsor stickers can cover some of the remaining rashes, if you like that sort of a look.
It works for me.
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Old 09-26-2014, 02:32 PM   #7
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I made my own decals. There's a thread in here somewhere about that. Many riders are now creating custom wraps for their bikes, and I like that idea.

Here's a picture liberated from this thread: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=461267


Here's my bike with my own replacement decals:

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Old 09-26-2014, 02:56 PM   #8
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I've seen your thread, very helpful! That wrapped one looks really nice. I have a sheet of matte black wrap that I am considering trying. Not that I really want the bike to be matte black but oh well.


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I made my own decals. There's a thread in here somewhere about that. Many riders are now creating custom wraps for their bikes, and I like that idea.

Here's a picture liberated from this thread: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=461267

Here's my bike with my own replacement decals:
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Old 09-26-2014, 03:11 PM   #9
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I've seen your thread, very helpful! That wrapped one looks really nice. I have a sheet of matte black wrap that I am considering trying. Not that I really want the bike to be matte black but oh well.
There are tons of car wrap shops pretty much everywhere you go. Large sign shops are typically wrap printers as well. You could just print up whatever you want on wrap vinyl and then just apply it yourself.





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Old 09-26-2014, 03:51 PM   #10
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I guess I just worry that the wrap will end up getting bubbled just like the decals. I haven't seen any perforated wrap.
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Old 09-26-2014, 03:59 PM   #11
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I guess I just worry that the wrap will end up getting bubbled just like the decals. I haven't seen any perforated wrap.
I've had my 3M decals on my tanks for years without bubbles. I think what happens over time is that the glue on the back of the decals breaks down. It is unclear whether the bubbles are going to happen anyway or whether the bubbles are caused by the clearing over the top of the decals as is done at the factory. I'll let you know in a few years.

All of this is assuming we are talking about the stock tanks and NOT Safari tanks. Stock tanks are made with Polyamide-6, and that type of plastic generally is pretty good about not allowing gas fumes to get out. Stock tanks are capable of being covered with decals and painted.

Safari tanks and many other dirt bike tanks are made from a more porous plastic that DOES let gas fumes seep through. Safari tanks cannot be painted. Decals put on Safari tanks will bubble really quickly.
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Old 09-26-2014, 05:51 PM   #12
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Wow....simply perfect looking bike Orange....
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Old 09-26-2014, 06:33 PM   #13
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I recently picked up a 2004 950 Adventure that has a bit of rash on the left side.
What would you do!?
Go on the DecalMoto website and look over the 950 decal sets. You can have them modify the colors if you want, but the classic Dakar Rally stickers are pretty sweet. Buy a couple sets ( if you plan on future incidents, like I do).

Pull your tanks and strip the bubbled decals away along with the clear coat over it. Block sand the tanks ( leave inside alone) with extra fine grit 600 so there are no ridges of paint or stickers. Buy colored primer in flat KTM scheme... Orange or grey.

Spray your tanks. Cover the undersides of the tank leaving them with the original paint (prep and paint the sides of the tanks at the top so no original paint shows at the seams).

Buy large sheets of 3M clear body protector, look online for best prices.

Make a template of your side takes with transparent paper. Make sections based on the difficult opened areas of the fan. Use these to cut out you 3M clear. Wear clean gloves.

Then layer your 3M clear sections over the flat paint. Allow it to dry. Carefully place your DecalMoto stickers over your 3M Clear. Follow DecalMoto instructions along with their squeegee kit.

Use the same technique on your side panels, you can buy the 950 Adventure side logos from DecalMoto too.

And after your done, just live with any small future scratches and scuffs and cover over stickers with your extras.

Here's my DecalMoto sticker set covering my trail thrash.

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