ATV graphics in simple language can be assumed as stickers that are applied on your quads and technically they are called graphics. They are a great way to ameliorate the look of your old quad or to improve the appearance of new quad. The use of ATV graphics brightens and gives a new spirit to your ride. Be it racing, be it hitting the trails, ATV graphics help you make a mark for yourself and leave a stunning and long-running impression on others.
ATV graphics kits are like a bride’s trousseau. It has different categories of graphics with many pieces and machine specific graphics which give a distinct look to the quads. Now girly-tinged quads are also available which are be hopeful of female riders. You could also select a colour and add personal information’s that sport your name, brands, race number etc. Smaller graphics are also available in case you want to embellish only a part of quad. ATV graphics kit is made of vinyl laminating film which is doubly polished and is suitable for quads decals, Motorcycle decals etc. UV resistant inks are used for digital printing of quads as a consequence of which are deemed durable and do not fade away for 5 years or so.
Following are the basic instructions of application of graphics for any ATV. The steps mentioned below have taken the application of ATV graphics kits on Polaris predator. The first and foremost step is to wash clean your ATV of all the dirt and it should look spic and span before graphic are applied. The decal plastic should be rid of all the scratches or scars because the smoothness of the surface of decal plastic will determine the appearance of the graphics to be applied. A sharp edged razor or a sandpaper could be used to wash off the dust. It is advisable that the while applying the graphics the room temperature should not drop below 60 degrees or else you could use a heat gun to warm the plastics and graphics to be applied.
Secondly, the plastic should be free from films of certain chemicals and grease. To do this use isopropyl alcohol to mop the plastic and use a soft piece of cloth to remove the wax and oil left on your hands from the use of cleaners and polishes. During the process of manufacturing, your ATV is coated with a film which used for moulding release, which is also needed to be removed before the application of graphics. You should frequently use the soft rag to clean your hands because the oil of your hands may cling to the plastic and may reduce the adhesives of the decals to be applied.
Thirdly is to start the application of graphics and you should commence this with the area of the gas tank. Align the top edges of the graphics and apply them working over to the left side of graphic. While graphic is being applied, slide it back and forth with the use of thumbs and in this way the air bubbles would not be trapped under the graphics. Do not overstretch the decal and make sure your hands are oil free. As a result of this two-pronged precaution you would find that you are able to take off the decal partially and re stick it without any loss in the vinyl of the adhesive.
Fourthly is the application of the graphics around troublesome areas like the headlight and fender. To have your way over these difficult areas heat of the heat gun comes handy. The heat gun relaxes the vinyl to comply with the shape of angles of these areas. Post application of the graphics, reuse the heat gun and press the graphics to ensure that adhesive is glued to the plastic. In case an air bubble annoys your decals; the way out is to rub the graphics in the direction towards the bubble to make it as tiny as possible and then prick a hole in the top most point of the bubble with a needle. The air will escape. Then heat this area with the heat gun until all the air in the bubble escapes. The process can be put to use again if the bubbles remain still.
After this you might face a problem of decal of the lower front panel overlapping with that of the tank. The drill is to start at the front portion and rub it according to the shape of the panel. After this opposite side panels should be adorned followed by the remaining areas. While applying on the fender area, start with the lower front part and then align the top part of the graphics to the seam of t fender.
Sixthly is the decals of the front grill. Start with lower edges and then rub it upwards. The lower part covers the polaris logo. The graphics of the centre are cut in such a way as to conform to the shape of the faceted sections of the front grill. These pieces do press against each other but do not overlap. You have to start from the bottom and rub it reaching the upper portion.
Lastly is the winding up of the graphic application. Finish applying the remaining graphics and you have your new-looking Predator to boast off. The adhesives of the graphic take a week or so for fully sticking to the plastic. If you want to remove these graphics again you could heat them up. This will soften the decals and they will come off easily.