ATV Graphics Kits - Basic Installation Instructions (skip to instructions)
ATV Graphics can improve the look of your quad and the way you feel about it. We've put together this handy little reference guide to help you find the atv graphics you're looking for and to help you spot new graphics kits you haven't seen before.
An ATV graphics kit is a group of custom decals cut to fit your make and model of ATV. They require installation and I've put together some do's and don't for you to help you get the best results. Kits tend to be cut precisely to the OEM specs of your ATV's plastics so it's important to find the right kit first, I'll include a few of the most popular types below. If you have modified plastics or modified parts you may need to modify your kit slightly, don't worry, that's not too hard to do.
Things to consider when shopping for a quality graphics kit include the thickness of the vynil, the thicker the better, and the manner it attaches to the ATV. Glue vs special adhesive vs a multi-step process where water evaporates leaving a bond between graphics and plastics, each affects price a little bit.
I’ve added basic ATV graphics installation instructions below these stickers. Suzuki is most well known for having blue and yellow plastics however they have ATVs of every color and so graphics kit colors are more diverse.
Polaris ATVs are available in every color and so Polaris graphics kits also vary in color depending on model. Match colors for best results.
The Kawasaki signature color is green and so the majority of Kawasaki graphics kits have a green base which is representative of the green monster.
Yamaha ATVs are primarily blue though most every plastic color is available as an option. Yamaha graphics tend to highlight the blue logo on graphics.
Instructions: How to apply ATV graphics properly
These are some basic tips on how to apply your brand new ATV graphics to ensure they last and look good. ALWAYS follow the manufacturer specific instructions that come with your kits. The following are general guidelines to help you get an understanding on wether or not you're up to installing graphics yourself in your garage or home workshop.
#1 Start out by washing the plastics of your ATV and give them sufficient time to dry. Do not apply any waxes or glossy products before applying ATV graphics because they may peel more quickly. You may need to use a wax removal product of your choice if you've been applying plastic protection regularly.
#2 Next place the graphics in their desired locations WITHOUT removing the protective backing. You’re checking to see if the graphics fit as intended. Depending on manufacturer you may need to trim the edges or make a cut around a bolt hole etc. This is especially true if your ATV has certain aftermarket performance parts that required slight modifications to install.
#3 With clean plastics and properly fitting graphics you will likely be lightly misting the ATV with a window tint application product to ensure there are no bubbles under your application. A mixture of water with a few ounces of baby shampoo can work in a jam if the shampoo is oil free because baby products tend not to have conditioners.
#4 Peel back a corner of the sticker backing and line the graphics up properly. Slowly peel back more of the backing in a continuous motion while gently pressing it in place with a sideways swiping motion. This will ensure that you’re pushing any air out as the backing is peeled.
Make sure to keep firm pressure on the starting point because any pulling could cause the entire sticker to shift. It’s much easier to proceed slowly and push air out as you go than it is to remove an air bubble from the middle of your application afterwards.
#5 When you’re happy with placement lightly sponge any excess fluid with a towel and allow the manufacturers recommended time to dry. Take your time and if a mistake is made it can easily be fixed on the spot, don’t rush ahead and finish when you see bubbles forming. Work them out as your proceed.
#6 Lastly make sure to take a picture and send it to me, I love before and after ATV graphics pictures! (and I might feature yours on ATVStyle)