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Suggestions Pinstripe vinyl source?

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Awesome Graphics, Mar 27, 2020.

  1. Awesome Graphics

    Awesome Graphics Member

    Sep 26, 2019
    We don't do a lot of pinstriping for vehicles here at our shop, but it does come up from time to time, and our go-to vendors don't seem to really offer it. Anybody here have a good go-to source for pinstripe vinyl, like 1/4" thick?
  2. I buy occasionally from hullstripes.com You can also check out your local paint & body supply shop
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  3. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

    Jun 4, 2007
    Home Office
    I order FDC products through MidWest. Problem is they only sell 50 yard rolls now. Was talking to my installer and its the same with his sources. Used to be able to get 50 feet. Not sure what changed.
  4. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    Ordinary pinstripe we get from auto parts store. Around here we use O'Reilly Auto Parts. If the store doesn't have it in stock you order it and they have it there the next day. Trying to order from them online is possible but a nightmare because their website is so clunky. You'll get millions of hits from your search and have to wade through hundreds of pages to find the stripe you want. Much easier to go to the store and look it up from their 3M color chart.
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  5. KatWitz

    KatWitz New Member

    Mar 19, 2018
    Gregory, Inc. does tons of Pin striping. They do commercial freight (ongoing) and one off projects as well. They're a wholesale vendor, so check them out. www.gregory1.com or just call them 800-835-2221.
  6. The Yanki & The Brit

    The Yanki & The Brit The Yanki & The Brit Signs and Radio Show

    Sep 3, 2014
    Why not just cut your own?
  7. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

    Feb 3, 2010
    Racine, WI
    +1. whenever pinstripe needed we just run lines on our plotter. easier to keep stock of colors in large rolls and cut-down as we need.
  8. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    If you've ever pinstriped a car with store-bought 3M pinstripe material vs. stuff you cut yourself, you'd know why you would want to use the factory made stuff.
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  9. eahicks

    eahicks Magna Cum Laude - School of Hard Knocks

    Apr 17, 2012
    YES. Unless you mask your stripes, this is a bad idea. It will stretch and break at the slightest tug.
  10. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    Even if you mask them yourself, it's still not the same. You can't buy (well, maybe somewhere you can) the same application tape they put on pinstripe tape. And you're not likely going to be premasking and then cutting your stripe and backing paper all in one fell swoop. The clear premask they use on pinstriping tape lets you bend beautiful curves, follow contours, yet also allows you to pull straight stripes 10' long, snapping it up if you need to reposition. Then after pressing it down, it is easy to remove without disturbing the new stripe. The paper application tape we all have on hand cannot do that. A 150' roll of 1/4 to 1/2" tape, whether a single stripe or double stripe, is going to retail for $70-$120. It's money well spent if you're pinstriping a car, even if that car is only 16' or 20' long.
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  11. Sign Works

    Sign Works Very Active Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Sacramento, CA
    Universal Products, Sharpline Converting & Gregory

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