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    I think graphics stay on better if applied dry. The trick to dry installation is not to peel off all the backing at one time. Start off by laying the graphic (with backing) on the part and moving the graphic around to find the right fit. Then peel a portion of the backing away at an angle so it sticks out from underneath the graphic. Line up the graphic and press down the "peeled" section. Now, begin pulling the backing from underneath the graphic, pressing in the new area and keeping the graphic aligned. Don't pull too hard on the grapic as it will stretch and throw off the alignment. As someone mentioned earlier, it may be easier to slit the backing and work from two directions or half the graphic at a time.
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    Thanks everyone, some great tips, now hopefully i can keep from messing them up

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    QUOTE (adens13 @ Jul 26 2011, 04:22 AM)
    windex on plastic and graphics. use the supplied squeegee to get liquid out. heat gun/hair dryer when you have them where you want them...

    Yup. That pretty much sums it up.
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    I use Decal Works' application fluid, which is probably the same concoction as noted above. I've always applied the decals while the number plates are on the bike, so the plastic is steady as I squeegee the fluid out from under the decals, but I've heard people applying them off the bike. Question for anyone: If you apply the decals with number plates off the bike, what do you do to hold the plates steady? Portable vice grip? One hand hold while the other applies?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3bgraphics View Post
    if you can get away without using anything is the best. if you go dry, take your time. peel away a section of the backing and line it up and work from that section and pull the backing as you go.

    now if you use soapy water mixture, it takes alot longer. but if you do, dont be afraid to use heat. keep working on the piece until all the water and bubbles are worked out.

    its alway best to put on graphics and dont ride with them for a few days. then after a few days, double check the edges.

    good to go!

    Agreed, but I also use heat when dry to help form around odd geometry.

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    Do any graphic suppliers sell plastics at a fair price and apply them for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irishcoffee View Post
    Do any graphic suppliers sell plastics at a fair price and apply them for you?
    I think Decal Works does.
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    Cormoto may also. Those were the guys that used to work at PG before they got the doors closed on them...

    for me, dry would not work. I would mess them up in a minute. The windex method is what I use. Also, helps to spray some brake cleaner on a towel and wipe down the plastic prior. New plastic has a residue on it from the forming process.
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    I try to work dry, or very little of anything with moisture. When I was a kid I use to hang decals on semi trucks. If it was warm out and the sun beating on the side of the trailer, soapy water for sure. I usually center up the decal to where I want it. I then tape it into place. A piece of masking tape, top and bottom and out at one edge. Peel back half the decal and lay down that half working the bubbles out as I move along. Once that half is down I move to the other half. Fold it over , peel the paper and repeat. Works best if you can peel the paper as you lay it down to avoid any unwanted contact.
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    I have always done it dry and add some heat after they are complete.
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