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Featured Thruxton Paint Protection Kit

Discussion in 'Technical Help' started by crispey, Jul 1, 2018.

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  1. crispey

    crispey crispey creme de la creme

    Nov 6, 2014
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    One of those flash sales on WoT
    Came up and I spotted a paint protection kit. Normally £45 but in the sale around £12 so from being no way it went to way and I purchased it.
    Reason being? Due to my leather jacket rubbing and leaving a residue that needs tcut to remove it, In the last 3 years I’d bought 4 of these
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    And in no time as you can see it turns to shit, so I thought I’d give one a try. It includes pre cut panels to cover most of the tank but I only wanted the bit where my jacket rubbed.
    So first I removed the old protector which left this
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    Cleaned it with this
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    And after not too long, remembering to get all the residue that’s been spread around I am left with this
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    All glue, polish etc removed which is the starting point for applying the protector.
    To start you get a supplies spray bottle which you fill with water and shake vigorously, probably very mild washing up liquid
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    You then spray everything that will come in contact with the film, both sides of the film, hands, tank etc.
    You then lay the film on the tank,
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    now, because it is cut to shape so it fits the contours of the tank, there is no point trying to get it a bit lower as I did and waste 15 mins and a lot of cool because it won’t.
    Keep hands and both sides well sprayed and start pressing it down, they give a kind of rubber squeegee thing to help but I found the majority was easier with hand and fingers. It is a bit fiddly squeezing air bubbles outwards etc but with a bit of stretching, pressing and patience it gets there in the end.
    Once any excess water is wiped away you then heat it with a hot air gun or hot hairdryer
    Mine was a tuono accessory
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    This affectively shrinks it and adheres it to the tank, job done you hardly notice it
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    It can then be treated as normal and polished etc. I’m impressed with it and it looks worth it if you can get it at the sale price. Time will tell on the finish though

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    Drat! This is the squeegee thing that I can’t seem to delete
     
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  2. stollydriver

    stollydriver Senior Member
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    Good job well done - like it a lot- keep us posted as to it's service life.
     
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  3. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    Hi Crispey,

    Glad your pleased with the results & it will do a great job of protecting Doris's lovely paint job.

    BUT (& at the risk of unintentionally pissing on your strawberries?)

    Google "Helicopter tape" It's an ultra robust vinyl that can be purchased in sheets & can be easily cut to shape/size with scissors. It costs pennies, sticks like shit to a blanket & lasts for years.
    I use it as a stone guard on fork leg lowers. It's invisible unless your 6 inches away & it does a superb job.
     
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  4. Sprinter

    Sprinter Elite Member
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    #4 Sprinter, Jul 2, 2018
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    Helicopter tape is what I have brilliant stuff.about the same price as your sale stuff, and you cut your own shapes,applies the same way too. I use mine to protect the sides of the tank, where the dubbin on my leathers rubs on the tank,a pain to remove.
     
  5. crispey

    crispey crispey creme de la creme

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    Thanks, I don’t think I’m going to eat my strawberries, they’ll be swimming in piss now!
    I did think about heli tape but couldn’t find any sheets of it, I suppose it’s in the name, the widest I could see was 150mm and I didn’t want a join. Plus the fact the Triumph stuff was cut to shape was a bonus, I wouldn’t have considered it at the full price. Also couldn’t work out if heli tape had adhesive on it or not
     
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  6. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    Apparently, it gets its name from being used on the leading edge of helicopter rotor blades?
    It's used to protect them from the aeronautical version of stone chips?
    Hence the reason why it needs to be tough & stay stuck once applied.
    Obviously you wouldn't want a sheet of thick vinyl coming loose & ending up in the engine! o_O
     
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