Applying a New Sticker Kit to your Bike

Sticker kits on a bike can be quite tricky as the panels on not all straight and include some confusing terms and bends that can make it hard to get the graphics on without having to cut it or sit with a load of bubbles to get the best effect.

Luckily, there are a few tricks to get the very best results and make your bike look brand new with the graphics you want. Firstly, be sure to use a high-quality sticker, especially those who are using their bikes for enduro or sand. These stickers tend to take more beating than what you’d think and with thin labels, it just won’t last very long and would end up showing scratches in no time, leaving you right back where you were when you decided on the new kit in the first place.

Sizing

Most tend to use sticker kits that have already been cut to size and fits perfectly on the bike. However, some models aren’t available with these kits, or the few available kits might not be what you want. The next best option is to have the stickers made by a graphics shop who can also cut them to size for you. Finally, the last option is to have it printed on a big sheet that you can cut and apply as you need.

While the first two options are the easiest, the large print would need some cutting and adjustments as you go. Luckily, you can plan and get a rough size going before you start to apply the kit. Cut out pieces for each cover but be sure to go a bit bigger than the cover is. It merely ensures you get the best possible fit. If you bought a kit or had it cut to size, you’ll skip the cutting and move straight to applying.

Applying

With all your stickers laid out, begin by taking off the panels from the bike. It’s much easier to apply the labels when they are off the bike as you can twist it around and make sure everything lines up right.

Before you begin, use a contact clear or even brake clear to get all the bit, oils and other substances of the plastic as this could lead to bubbles and cause the stickers not to stick as well as they should.

Once your plastics are all cleaned and ready, start in the place where the sticker has to line up the best. This can either be a corner or a hole with a distinctive characteristic where the stick can’t go wrong. Don’t pull off the entire backing at the same time, but rather do it in stages.

Try to apply as much of the slicker as possible by starting in the centre of the sticker and working out all the bubbles as you go. As the NS, you’ll notice the label will begin to fall as it goes around the bends, which is where you want to use a heat gun to warm it up and make it more pliable. However, do not heat up too much as you might warp the sticker, which cannot be fixed.

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