AH HA..... I
did it!!!!! The best Sabre mod yet and it cost...almost nothing..
Well around $25.00. I will post pictures soon.
I have the
2001 all black Sabre with the ugly Sabre Honda Shadow Sticker, no
I have long
since removed the warning decals... Well I decided I was going to
repaint my tank. After removing the Sabre sticker, I decided to
tinker around a bit and now you would never know a sticker was
there. Scoot looks sweet, and I never even removed the tank!
first put it in the sun and then I used a scalpel to get the edge
up, I then used my fingernails to lift the sticker off. It was
tough but it came off. Lots of glue left behind (picture 1)
Goo Gone and paint thinner, Goo Gone and a fingernail worked best.
I also used a buffing wheel on a variable speed drill, "dense
sewn" to pull some glue off, that worked pretty well too.
number 1, I have sanded the entire area with 1500 wet and dry.
Emphasis of course was on the raised clear coat edge. This part is
the most tricky and takes patience. Worry about the ridge only,
wet sand and then dry, exam and continue. This is important so you
do not sand thru the paint. Use your sense of touch as well as
sight on the surface.
number 2 I have gone over the sanded are with the same wheel as
before with rouge called Black Magic.
In number 3
I used same polish and a soft sewn wheel to get more shine and
eliminate marks from before.
number 4, I used a polish on a soft wheel from a company that sold
a product called dry "wash and guard" ultimate paint restorer. It
is guaranteed not to burn paint. I believe the company is now
called waterless car wash. It is blue colored liquid. Anyway these
products are awesome, and will not scratch PERIOD! I use em on my
4x4 plastic trim, no scratches!!
I waxed the
final result and you see that in the "after" Picture. I have had
the bike for almost two years and no paint fade problem with this
I will then have it all clear coated again for protection. I have
put 700 miles on it since... no problems at all.
Read this comment...
sanded and buffed out the my Sabre fuel tank decals today. The
tank turned out great!!! My local NAPA parts store carried 3M
brand products I used to make the fix.
For the rest of the forum, I used the following:
one sheet, 1500 grit wet/dry sandpaper.
bottle, 3M #39001 Med. buffing compound.
bottle, 3M #39002 Fine buffing compound.
bottle, 3M #39109 swirl mark remover.
Thanks ReCon, your repair tips made the job easy.