Hi I'm new here. Just got a 2008 srt8 and her color issteel blue metallic. Anyway I'm wanting to give her some race stripes but I'm not sure what style or color. Does anyone have any thoughts?
Surprised at the cost? Nope, my father did body work for 40+ years. The last car I saw him do was a Mach 1 Mustang. Do you know how many stripes that thing had? Painted the entire thing. But he, like I have a certain level of expertise when it comes to cars and we just won't cut corners. I'll admit, I am a lot more passionate about cars than your averagel Joe but then, that's why I drive what I drive. For me, doing what's right is just the only way I'll roll.I already know what you're reply is going to be, but a few things;
The cost to paint on stripes correctly is going to be an insane amount compared to having vinyl decals put on. You're going from several hundred dollars to easily in the thousands. If you're talking having the bumper, hood, roof skin, deck lid, spoiler, and rear bumper done, you're in for a real surprise for how much that it going to cost.
People said the same thing about me when I dropped a $5000 stroker-motor and a $3000 rear end inside this beast:If the paint is flawless now and she plans on using it as a show car, then maybe that's an option, but I consider unrealistic.
"Easily" depends on when you decide to remove them. A year or two later, maybe. Ten years later? Not so much, especially if those stripes were baked on by plenty of sunshine.Vinyl decals are removed fairly easily if she decides she wants to change the look.
You totally missed the point that I was making against vinyl stripes. No one was complaining about them being put on correctly, it's the IMPROPER maintenance that guys put their stripes through and then end up complaining about them not looking like new after awhile. Then they turn to a forum like this one looking for advice on how to fix their sorry looking stripes. Did you see that article I wrote??? I would not have wrote anything that long unless the amount of information that needed to be put out was necessary. You need to check out that write-up.Also, how many people have issues with vinyl decals that were done correctly?
Everyone's situation is different but if you remove stripes from a sun-baked car, you will have ghosting. There's no way the paint UNDER the stripes is going to age in the same way the exposed paint will. That's just common sense, unless your car lives in a garage. Again, it depends on the eye. I see things that most car owners never notice. But then, I'm a car guy. It's in my blood. Been around then every since I was old enough to climb into my father's 56 Oldsmobile with the Rocket 88. Man... I wish they still made them like that.My car is 7 years old, sits outside and has the Super Bee decal package and they're all still fine. No edges peeling or anything. I do take car of the paint, but it shows normal wear and tear. I've removed years old vinyl decals before and pinstriping and if removed correctly the only thing needed was some polish, wax, and some sealant.
Just make sure that you read that write-up about the maintenance of them. Also, check with the installer who puts them on your car. He will give you even more information on maintaining them. They are easy to screw up and if you do a search through any car forum where the car has decals, you will find a ton of threads from guys looking to either fix theirs, or looking for how to maintain theirs. There's a lot more to vinyl decals than just the way they look.Thanks to everyone for the input. Lol black is what my husband said and I was leaning toward a bright silver. So it's funny that's what y'all recommend. And about the decal verses paint thing thanks for the info because we were leaning toward doing them with decals.