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Race Stripes

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by dj_elite, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. dj_elite

    dj_elite Active Member

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    Have a customer interested in racing stripes like the picture provided. Question I have is where the circle is in the picture, from the hood being the most contour there, how do I keep the 1" gap between the two stripes parallel without running into each other or running the gap closer? Any tips appreciated
     

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  2. graphix45

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    I have done some mustangs the same body style & I flaired the ends of the stripe out a little (maybe 1/4"or so), then made a mirror copy of it with the gap needed. I used some old scrap vinyl & cut some short stripes to fine tune the amount of flair that worked best. The hardest part is figureing out when to start the flair.
    Check out the pic.
     

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  3. dj_elite

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    Thanks, thats what I was wondering. I didn't know if it was cut that way or just fine tuning the vinyl down towards the front of the hood. I'm sure it can be done by pulling the vinyl into place but I didnt want to distort the stripes
     
  4. graphix45

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    Hope this helps make life a little easier. The same also needs to be done on the bumper too. Another tip is to stick down some transfer tape on the bumper, then draw your stripe as straight as possible on the tape. Now remove it and you can see about how much you need to curve the stripe. The closer you can get it, the less you have to fight with it during installation.
     

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  5. john1

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    I come to this issue alot too but i just make them straight and have the taper at the back where it's less noticeable.
     
  6. Gino

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    Can't you just flare the last few inches and cut it by hand ??
     
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    I've put quite a few racing stripes on this body style mustangs. I've found the hardest part is the rear deck and bumper.

    The last 2 I did, I ended up using 3M Controltac vinyl. One was just IJ180v3 white, Second I mounted Avery Gunmetal Metalic to IJ180v3. The real curvey parts of the car I laid my stripes on over sized and hand cut them down to size on the car.
     
  8. Mosh

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    Paint them, they look much better! Paint, +3 coats of clear sanded between and you won't even feel the edge. If they want the "race stickers" just cut the end by hand. If you know what you are doing you won't mess up the paint. If not, well then let a professional do it!

    The worst part about "race stickers" is they will expect them to be like paint. Good luck!
     
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