We obtained these instructions and tips from our supplier's website.
Fitting guide for Decals
Fitting our decals is not as hard as some think, if you follow the simple instructions you will soon have them on your plastics with no problems.
Choose which panel you are going to start work on first and make sure it is totally dirt and grime free. Use a solvent soaked wipe to remove all grease, dirt, etc. Wipe surface in one direction only until surface is clean. Allow five minutes to dry before applying decals.
Carefully align decals before removing the backing to familiarize yourself with position.
One way to apply the larger decals, take a knife and cut 2 parallel lines down the centre of the backing paper allowing a small strip of the sticky side to be seen. With this strip cut you can now offer the decal back up to the plastic and not have to worry about the full decal sticking as you can easily re-position it if you need to.
Once you are happy with the position of the decal on the plastic remove the top half of the remaining backing paper and begin to stick the decal down being careful not to cause any air bubbles or creases.
Do the same for the other half of the decal which still has the backing paper on.
Once all of the decal has been stuck down gently heat the graphics with a heat gun or hair dryer, this allows the adhesive to react better with the plastic.
For best results – Fit decals in temperatures above 15C/59F to the prepared surface.
The adhesive used has been formulated to achieve its ultimate bond strength after 24 hours. If you are applying the decals in an area hotter than the recommended temperatures, you may need another 24 hours to ensure the bond occurs.
Do not use your bike until full bond has been achieved.
Do not be tempted to test adhesion by peeling.
Seat Cover Fitting
Thank you for purchasing an MXM replacement seat cover. We hope these instructions will help you achieve a perfect ‘Factory’ finish.
Staple Fit Covers
Things you’ll need:
1. A screwdriver to prise up old staples.
2. A staple gun – preferably electric or air operated.
3. A sharp knife to trim away excess vinyl.
Fitting The Cover
Most vintage or twin shock seats are very straight forward to fit compared to their modern counterparts.
Start by anchoring the corners of the cover, making sure any print on the sides or rear is square or central to the base.
Next pull the cover taut and put a staple centrally on either side and front and rear of the seat, make sure the cover is sitting properly and finish off all round pulling the vinyl as you go.
Aim to have a staple every inch or so otherwise the vinyl could sag with use.
Glue Fix Covers
Things you’ll need:
1. A good quality impact/contact adhesive.
2. A serrated spreader.
3. A small petrol/solvent rag to wipe away glue “mess”.
4. A sharp craft knife to trim off.
5. Coarse sandpaper to roughen the fibre glass or metal base prior to gluing.
Fitting The Cover
Pull the cover over the foam and base to check how far under the base the vinyl will have to be pulled to achieve the correct tension.
Make a mental note of how far into the vinyl the glue will have to be spread to correspond with the glued area on the base.
Next coat the perimeter of the base and cover and allow to dry for around 10 to 15 minutes.
Now the tricky bit! Contact adhesives don’t give a second chance, so make sure you know what you are doing before you do it. Start by fixing the sides first.
It’s useful to have someone help by holding surfaces apart that aren’t to be immediately pressed together.
Leave to harden for 24 hours before riding.
A. Never fit a new cover over the original. Always remove the old cover and all the old staples, glue etc.
B. If the foam is wet, squeeze out the excess and allow to dry thoroughly.
C. Damaged foam must be repaired or replaced. You are wasting time and money trying to a fit a new cover over damaged foam.
D. Never use staples longer than 6mm. (1/4 inch). Longer staples will project through the base and destroy both foam and cover very quickly.
E. Always choose a smooth clean surface to work on. Taut vinyl pulled around a seat base is vulnerable to puncturing.
F. Never try fitting a new cover in a cold atmosphere. The vinyl is affected by temperature and becomes more flexible the warmer the room.
Application Fluid available please contact us.
Designed to make fitting your decals easy! MXM Application fluid is designed to make fitting your graphics easy. Spraying the back of the decal (sticky side) with this fluid will neutralize the glue while you apply the decal. If you happen to make a small mistake when fitting the decal the glue will not be as aggressive as usual and you are able to peel the decal back without any damage. Once aligned start at the centre of the decal smoothing outwards to the edge. Leave for at least 24 hours for adhesive to take full bond to the plastic.