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    Keen to try and vinyl wrap my panels to change color on the bike. Has anyone tried this? I cannot see any thread talking about this.

    Keen to hear from anyone who has done this.

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    Yes, I'd be interested to hear of others' experience too! I don't want to wrap my lovely graphite blue GT but have another bright orange bike in mind

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    Maybe not here but there have been DL650's and 1000's that have vinyl wraps. Have you googled Vinyl wraps to find results? If people wrap cars, why not a motorcycle?

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    It was the first (and so far only) only vinyl wrap I've done. I was happy with the results and much cheaper than painting.

    You need a heat gun and some form of "squeezer" I used a tool designed for cleaning tiles when grouting it has a hard plastic body with a stiff rubber blade used against the tiles/vinyl it worked fine for me.

    At the time I did mine you tube was full of videos posted by DIYers showing varying results from the OK at 6 foot with a squint to the down right bloody awful. I found a useful video by a pro and seeing how they did car mirrors gave a good impression of how to go about it. (You need more force than you may expect)

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    For what its worth, I don't know about the side panels however I tried to wrap the tank battery cover panel and just couldn't get after several attempts, likely my skill or lack there of however there was a certain curvature on that part that just wouldn't work for me,,. I've wrapped other part parts on a different bike with better results,,.

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    On my new F900XR I used clear wrap on the center panel fuel tank panel as a tank protector. The bike is new enough that there aren't any good clear options available yet so I figured I'd give it a try. It was a major PIA with the complex curves, but it looks good and I don't have to worry about zipper scratches on the panel now.

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    I did a partial wrapping on my ST you can check it out in detail in my Imgur post here: https://m.imgur.com/gallery/fZnZVOJ
    It was my first time at vinyl wrapping. Some parts are a bit more demanding like the side air vents but I have to agree with Lag, the tank battery cover was the most difficult one. I couldn’t make it with one piece.

    I’d say it’s not an easy job to do. Surface preparation is of paramount importance, any scratch or dust particule will show through. Gloss finish will show all defects, semi-gloss and flat finish are more forgiving.

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