Protective film

Discussion in 'Other Service and Maintenance' started by LovinTheDeuce, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. LovinTheDeuce

    LovinTheDeuce Member

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    I have a 2007 Softail Deuce. The center console down the top of the tank is made of a brushed aluminum. However the previous owner (who rarely even used the bike) didn't take the protective film off. Now I would really love to get the film off but I can't seem to manage....

    Any help is much appreciated!
     
  2. 90FXRS

    90FXRS Junior Member Contributor

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    Never had this issue before but I'm wondering if a heat gun might soften the film and glue enough to get it off?
     
  3. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Maybe check with the dealership and see what they use. Ditto on the heat gun as well that might work.
     
  4. glazier

    glazier Junior Member

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    WD-40 or Bug & Tar remover works great for removing the gluey residue if you can get the film off first.
     
  5. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I bet that's 1 thing you don't own Bill. (blow drier):newsmile100:
     
  6. LovinTheDeuce

    LovinTheDeuce Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I'll have to give it a try this weekend.

    Someone also recommended hand sanitizer, I'm guessing the alcohol in it.

    I'll let you know if anything works
     
  7. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    If it were me doing this i would take the centre console off the bike and heat with a heat gun on the back side of the console and that would soften the glue sticking to the console rather than the glue sticking to the film you should get a much cleaner removal of the film
    Doing it this way will also prevent any damage to paintwork by the heat gun as heat gun at full temp will damage the paint

    Brian
     
  8. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    I second the hair dryer.... Heat gun will be way to hot and you will end up with more problems then just removing film...:s
     
  9. dynafatbob

    dynafatbob New Member

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    Use methylated spirits ,works every time...