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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-16-2020, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Safety Stickers on gas tank

Sorry if this has been asked before - I assume it must have been but I couldn't find it with the search tool.

I've just purchased a 2019 FJR that still has the stupid safety stickers on the tank. Last year I purchased a brand new MT-07 and took the stickers off promptly, and noticed a slight different in colour (ie. fading) of the rest of the tank vs where the stickers were. So if you look at all closely you can make out the squares.

My new FJR has 7,000 KM and a year of use on it, which makes me think the discolouration will be much worse if I remove the stickers. Not to mention removing them on the MT was a royal pain in the ass and took a few weekends of various solvents until I had all the gunk off.

Not real keen to take these stickers off and have the discolouration underneath. Wondering what other people have done about this? Best idea I've got is removing them then placing a fat Yamaha sticker there. Don't love the idea but better than current I suppose... Thoughts?
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EZ way to peel stickers off.... hair dryer, cloth dampened well with naptha (lighter fluid, Seafoam, white gas/camp stove fuel) or mineral spirits, the slower acting solvents that dissolve gum residue and won't harm paint. Follow up with isopropanol wipe. Shouldn't take you 15 minutes. But, why not leave them on?
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EZ way to peel stickers off.... hair dryer, cloth dampened well with naptha (lighter fluid, Seafoam, white gas/camp stove fuel) or mineral spirits, the slower acting solvents that dissolve gum residue and won't harm paint. Follow up with isopropanol wipe. Shouldn't take you 15 minutes. But, why not leave them on?
Do you not find them quite ugly? A reminder to wear a helmet while on a motorcycle is like a reminder to not breathe while underwater.

Getting them off isn't so much the problem, it's the discolouration I expect to find underneath due to sun exposure...
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Removing it, cleaning with soap and water, and then waxing the tank should leave it barely detectable, or invisible.
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As the boys in the band have stated - do it with the hair dryer and the assorted liquids.


Wax as needed afterward.

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Terd, don't remove it !!!... you'll void the warranty

+1 on hair dryer and Goof-off or Varsol, the longer you wait the bigger the discoloration will be, or get a tank bag to cover it
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What colour is the 2019..... graphite? No worries. After you're done, use some Novus #2 to polish up the clearcoat. Your discolouration in the past might have been from using too harsh a solvent??


Edit added... I'm chuckling a wee bit... I have a 21 year old VFR with a badly damaged gas tank, and I found a brand new old stock that's never had fuel in it. It came with the stickers and logos on it and I think that will actually look kool on my 21 year old girl.
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Problem is it's the matte finish, so I can't wax it.

On the MT - it wasn't the chemicals that did the discolouration (though with how many different ones I tried I wouldn't have been surprised if it was). But it's a very clear rectangle of brighter blue where the stickers were, with very defined edges - thus the rest of the tank must have faded slightly since the stickers were applied. I'll try to add pictures of it tomorrow though I'm not much concerned about that one as it's for sale.

Just want to avoid the same for my FJR. If there's an alternative to waxing the matte finish that won't harm it and might somehow equalize the colour I could try that. Surprised this isn't a bigger/more common topic, guess it's just me that hates those stickers.
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I hate those stickers too. Hair dryer and methylhydrate (gas line antifreeze) easily gets rid of them.

If the paint is discoloured consider covering it with a Mag-knight tank topper. While you're in the spending mood buy the Mag-knight tank bra too (they offer a deal if you buy both at the same time). In my opinion the topper is a must if you plan on using a tank bag.

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