Fuel Tank Decal Removal

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  1. Aargow

    Aargow Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone on the forum removed the Indian Head fuel tank decal form the sides of the fuel tank? If so, was it difficult and is it on top of the clear coat or under it? Thanks!
     
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    Just a thought,...I'm not a painter but is it possible to airbrush the existing decal?
    Alpal
     
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    I think I used a heat gun and a plastic scraper to take mine off. Maybe a rag soaked in some lighter fluid (the old school type) to remove the clear coat first.
     
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    Good question. I don't know if you can paint or layer another decal over it.
     
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    I found your old post, JJ. I thought yours was a tank badge and that you added a decal once you removed the badge.
     
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    @thumper didn't you remove your tank decal? If so what was your process..
     
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    I removed the tank “badges” from my Springfield.
     
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    That's right....badges. Should have remembered...2016 Springfield.
     
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    Hmmm. Gold , red and black with chrome go pretty well together I have always thought. Without offending you, I think the new decal looks tacky for such a fine bike. Personally, I would book into the pinstripers and get the gold headress pinstriped with red. Think it would pop and look shot hot.
     
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    Agree,.....
     
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    Thanks for the advice, Muz. I may go that route.
    That's not a decal that I'm holding up in the second pic...it's just a paper copy of a picture that I found doing a google search. The colors aren't true or bright but I felt it was close enough to demonstrate what I want without creating tangent conversations.
    I fixed the original post.
     
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    Used this on the stickers on my tank . Works great. 85EA2B9A-C654-48FA-AA4B-546579445B84.png
     
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    Thanks, @BKCTPD. That looks like great stuff to remove stickers. What I'm interested in removing is the Indian Head decal.
    It looks like you have a Springfield. So, you have a tank badge with the Indian script.
     
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    Sorry , thought u meant stickers. I’ve heard using fishing line for badging
     
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    My shop recommended dental floss to take off the chrome "Indian" on the lower faring -- don't know if that would be helpful removing a decal. Maybe after some hair dryer heat? (I didn't take it off. It was replaced slightly out of place after a little trailering damage repair, but I left it alone.)
     
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