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Tankslapper Tank Protection Kit for GL1800 2nd Gen. Available for just the Tank Only in Tankslapper.
Why use a combination of film types? - In an effort to keep prices low, we find it necessary to use the 3M film sparingly, as the cost of this durable film is quite high. Many riders prefer the option of being able to reuse the product over and over again which is only possible with the "Tankslaper" film, once removed the 3M adhesive backed material is not reusable because the adhesive, while still sticky enough to stay in place, would have suffered cosmetically from the rigors of the removal process.
Why use 3M film? - We find certain areas that need protection offer challenges that can only be met by the properties of an adhesive backed material. For example, lower areas of body work on motorcycles generally involve a great number of contours all in a very small area, this is particularly challenging for a any plastic type film that doesn't have the advantage of an adhesive side to hold it in place (in a reliable fashion). Additionally, the protection from stones flying up from your front wheel will punish anything less than the best materials, and 3M's urethane film is designed specifically for this task.
Available for both Non Air Bag and Air Bag Model Honda GL1800 1st Gen Gold Wings
Tankslapper Static Attaching Protection Kits - Made from a crystal clear polished poly vinyl. We tested many manufactures of this type of material and found one that worked 10 times better than most we tried. Most of the material We tested was not quite as flexible as it needed to be, and wouldn't conform to the various contours of a tank pocket. None, had the adhesive quality of this material. This vinyl is durable, pliable, crystal clear and has outstanding adhesion. It's only .8 mil thick so it nearly disappears into your tank. There is no sticky adhesive, so the installation is much easier and will only take you minutes and it stays in place. We often get asked the difference between the Tankslapper and 3M materials, here's a quick run down.
The 3M film is adhesive backed - While the "Tankslapper" material is not, The 3M film can adhere to a greater degree of contour (because of the adhesive), has a slightly better shine, is harder at the surface, and is less likely to stain because of it. The Tankslapper material can be removed and replaced over and over again, the 3M film is once on, and off once. The 3M film is more difficult to install where harsh contours are involved, but at the same time, once installed it will not move or roll back regardless of the abuse it is subject to. On the other hand, the "Tankslapper" film can pull back along the edge if not cared for or installed properly. In our Total Protection kits, the frontal and lower areas of the bike always get cut in the 3M film because of its stain resistance and staying power over our static material. In other words bug and road tar can be cleaned off with polish. In addition, with the advantage of an adhesive holding it in place, it isn't going to be disturbed by sand, gravel and stones that so often attacks that area of the your bike's bodywork. In fact, in order to damage your paint finish with this pliable material in place, it would first take enetration that would break or dent your bodywork. I other areas of your bike like the top of the tank or the tail section, the "Tankslapper" film is a good alternative because it does just as good job of stopping abrasion from contact with rider and passenger, while at the same time helping to keep the overall cost of our "Total Protection Kits" as low as possible.
For Tank Only Use - Our recommendation is to go with the less expensive "Tankslapper" kit. In most applications, (with the possible exception of aggressive track day use) it looks good and works great. But if you insist on the "best", with the least maintenance and the best overall look, "3M's" urethane protection film should be your choice. So you've had our kit in place for a few years and it's time to trade-in or sell your bike. If you've decided to remove the film to show the prospective buyer that the paint on your bike is as it was the day it was new?
The "Tankslapper" film can be removed in an instant, no special tools or conditions, and of course you can reinstall it if you wish. The 3M film is easily removed as well. What's needed is some warmth form the sun and a finger nail to get it started at one edge. Once you have enough of it up to where you can grab it your fingers, stretch the rest of it off by tugging it in the opposite direction from which it is releasing from your paint or lens. In this way, the adhesive will stay with the film. The only residual evidence of the films application at that point will be the absence of damage.
I've purchased the Tankslappers twice before and been very happy with them, but this product has changed, and not for the better. I just received the third set and the vinyl is not optically clear like the previous two sets I had. Holding them up to the light, I can see the obvious difference between the older version and the one I just received. The new ones give the paint a matte like finish and makes it look dull. If you want your paint to shine through, don't waste your money on these.
Here's the problem straight from the guy that makes this stuff. This particular 3M product is printed on a paper backing vs the higher grade and optically clearer versions that are only available directly through the the mfg., these are printed on a plastic backing and are much clearer in appearence. This is the cheapie version and imparts a very noticable orange peel texture where ever it is applied. The end result looks like a rattle can paint job gone bad. But the bad gets worse, while Wingstuff has a resonable return policy they don't/won't do anything on this product, it's already stuck to the bike by the time I figured out how bad it is? Now I'm out over $300 for a install on a worthless product not to mention the $89 Wingstuff charged me, not happy, no not at all.
I have a black f6b, now the issues. Film is not as optically clear as higher grade films, so you loose a lot of clarity and reflected high light are muddy. It has a noticeable orange peel texture and mfg. roller marks pressed into the material. It also scatters light so if placed next to your nice wax job, it's obviously there, lookin' tackey. It was so ugly that after paying a shop $400 just to install it, I stripped most of it back off. I just couldn't stand how cheap it made the bike look. The diagram is also deceptive, you get a small patch for the front fender, not the whole fender covered and small patches for the saddle bags, not the whole saddle bag covered, nor are the lower side panels included, I had to pay extra to have that done by the installer. It also scratches pretty easily leastwise mine did and there seem to be other imperfections in the material. Lastly don't try this yourself, it wasn't an easy install and for some one with 0 experience you will waste your money, I promise. My advice, wait till the custom car film and tint shops get an up to date pattern for their die cutting machines and they can use a much better grade of material to protect your bike the way you want. A very expensive lesson this has been. Find a better product.
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