Re: factory decal... is this normal
Some other guy on here has a 1000RR and said his factory decal was lifting away from the paint. After doing some studing on modern paint finishes there are a lot of variables in drying time and procedure of drying the paint. Honda was probably going to run into some paint issues if they decided to put the decal under the clear coat so they may have opted to apply the decals last, to prevent those issues.
One issue is the solvents in the new paint need time to evaporate out of the new paint. If they apply a decal over the fresh paint the solvents will have no way to escape and the paint will never fully harden underneath the decal. They would need to paint the fairing, let it cure for a couple weeks, then apply the decals and then the clearcoat over that. Problem with that is base coat paint needs to be topcoated usually within one hour. They needed to get the bikes out faster than that and save some money.
Besides that a lot of people like to remove the factory decals for a cleaner overall look.
Last edited by Fastrr; 05-12-2007 at 3:38 PM.