Prod­uct Fea­ture

Wrap­ping

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De­scribed to me as ‘Tri­als Porn’ is how some in­di­vid­u­als see the fin­ished prod­uct of a re­fur­bished seat and fuel tank cover or shel­ter for the Honda RTL mod­els. The fin­ished item looks very cool but what is ‘Wrap­ping’? It can be ap­plied to a ma­jor­ity of mo­tor­cy­cle com­po­nents in­clud­ing front fork bot­toms, swing­ing arms, etc. to give a strong pro­tec­tive coat­ing. Here we have a look at just what ser­vices Tri­al­sart can sup­ply.

Are you ready?

Do you know ex­actly what you re­quire and what you want to see achieved with this prod­uct to com­plete your restora­tion or to pro­vide pro­tec­tion to your trea­sured posses­sion? If so then this Vinyl ser­vice could be just for you.

Sim­ply send them your art­work or tell them ex­actly which of their de­signs you re­quire, and the print and pro­duc­tion team will do the rest. All de­cals can be sup­plied, or you can send your own. The high­est qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and acute at­ten­tion to de­tail are ap­plied, us­ing ro­bustly tough 3M Scotch­print and/or Avery Den­ni­son supreme wrap­ping pro­tec­tive film used in the aerospace in­dus­try to form a long-last­ing look.

Tank cov­ers/shel­ters

Tank shel­ters are pro­fes­sion­ally wrapped by a lead­ing acrylic de­sign spe­cial­ist in West York­shire. New seat and tank units sup­plied will be fit­ted with an orig­i­nal Honda rub­ber fix­ing strap and Dzus quar­ter-turn frame-fit­ting screws.

As an added op­tional pro­tec­tion they can sup­ply mea­sured Avery Den­ni­son pro­tec­tive clear film on the parts of the unit where ex­ces­sive wear oc­curs. OraGuard clear wrap can be pro­vided at ex­tra cost, ei­ther made to mea­sure or a sin­gle sheet to be cut to size. Please be aware that not all tank moulds are iden­ti­cal and that pre-formed ‘tai­lor’ made OraGuard may not fit ex­actly to the de­sired area.

Fi­nally, all shel­ters/cov­ers are lac­quered with equally hard-wear­ing Maxmeyer HS Lac­quer mixed with a flex­i­ble ad­di­tive pro­tec­tion as used by Ger­man ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Ex­tra work

Ex­ist­ing tank shel­ter/cover up­grades start at £350 in­clud­ing a new seat. If you wish to up­grade your ex­ist­ing seat and tank unit, then all units must be free from all other paint­work/de­cals. Any fur­ther prepara­tory work, e.g. fi­bre glass­ing, re­moval of ex­ist­ing de­cals, sand­ing down etc. will re­sult in ad­di­tional cost. OraGuard clear added anti-wear pro­tec­tion sheet­ing can also be sup­plied, fit­ted or sep­a­rately. Please al­low 2–8 weeks to pro­duce and de­liver.

Seats

Fin­ished seats are hand­made in West York­shire by a lead­ing mo­tor­cy­cle seat man­u­fac­turer from a spe­cially de­signed polypropy­lene base with qual­ity foam-filled cush­ion.

Su­pe­rior padded seats and tank shel­ters/cov­ers are sup­plied with all units fit­ted with re­tain­ing clips and Dzus, and cov­ered with your choice of hard­wear­ing fab­ric colours and fit­tings ei­ther screwed or glued. Dur­ing the seat’s life, the cover can be re­placed rel­a­tively cheaply sim­ply by re­mov­ing the old cover and re­plac­ing with a new cover.

Care and main­te­nance

Please see be­low for de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on car­ing for your graph­ics. • Rinse off as much dirt and grit as pos­si­ble with a

spray of wa­ter. • Use a wet, non-abra­sive de­ter­gent and a soft, clean

cloth or sponge. • Rinse thor­oughly with clean wa­ter. To avoid wa­ter spot­ting, im­me­di­ately use a sil­i­cone squeegee to re­move wa­ter and fin­ish with a clean mi­crofi­bre cloth. • Pres­sure wash­ers. Al­though hand wash­ing is the pre­ferred clean­ing method, pres­sure wash­ing may be used un­der these con­di­tions: 1. En­sure the wa­ter pres­sure is kept be­low 2000psi; 2. Keep wa­ter tem­per­a­ture be­low 80 de­grees; 3. Use a spray noz­zle with a 40-de­gree wide an­gle spray jet; 4. Keep the noz­zle at least 300mm (1 foot) away from and per­pen­dic­u­lar (at 90 de­grees) to the graphic; 5: Hold­ing the noz­zle of a pres­sure washer at an an­gle to the film may lift the edges of the film; 6: Fuel spills: wipe off im­me­di­ately to avoid de­grad­ing the lac­quer, vinyl and ad­he­sive prop­er­ties of the vinyl. • Pol­ish and wax. Most stan­dard graph­ics films and over-lam­i­nates can be pol­ished or waxed with a high-qual­ity ve­hi­cle wax. Be­fore use test the prod­uct and ap­prove in an in­con­spic­u­ous area. Do not use any abra­sive pol­ishes or cut­ting com­pounds. • Cover when­ever pos­si­ble. Vinyl graph­ics, just like paint, are de­graded by pro­longed ex­po­sure to sun­light, UV and at­mo­spheric pol­lu­tants.

Fre­quently asked ques­tions

Can scratches be re­moved? It may be pos­si­ble to re­duce the ap­pear­ance of fine scratches by heat­ing with a heat gun/hair dryer to ap­prox­i­mately 50ºC, which of­ten makes them dis­ap­pear. Keep the heat gun mov­ing and do not aim the heat at a sin­gle spot for a long time. Some­times the scratches will dis­ap­pear when the vinyl gets hot in sun­light.

Deeper scratches will not come out. In ex­treme cases the wrap­ping will have to be re­placed, it’s cheaper than a new paint job though.

How do I main­tain the graph­ics? Care for your seat and tank unit graph­ics like you would any fine paint fin­ish. Us­ing high-qual­ity prod­ucts de­signed specif­i­cally for car care and these clean­ing and main­te­nance pro­ce­dures will help keep your graph­ics look­ing their best. Gen­tle clean­ing is best.

Pol­ish or wax? No pol­ish is rec­om­mended for car­bon fi­bre and brushed me­tal ef­fects.

This ar­ti­cle showed the work car­ried out on the Honda RTL mod­els, but this same ser­vice can be ap­plied to any mo­tor­cy­cle com­po­nents.

For more in­for­ma­tion on this prod­uct and ser­vice, visit: www.honda-rtl-tlr-tri­al­sart.co.uk or tele­phone: +44 (0)7845 120654 (Please leave a mes­sage if no one an­swers).

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