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Old 05-09-2012, 08:29 PM   #1
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Cool DIY Pinstripe the outer edge of your Wheels

Theres not much to this DIY, but I didnt even know it could be done with vinyl till I looked it up.

- The pinstriping comes in pre-curved vinyl strips, and it takes 4-5 strips per wheel (depending on who you buy from).

- As with applying vinyl to anything, clean first with soap and water, then clean with alcohol. Be sure that its clean! Wheels are very dirty, and vinyl will not to stick to a surface with tire shine left on it.

- When applying the vinyl you can put each piece edge to edge, or overlap them.

- Be sure to let a little of the strip go over the outer edge, so you can fold it over and make sure none of silver shows thru on the outer edge.

- The strips are curved, but you still have to guide it on there using one hand to guide it and the other hand to lay it down.

- I also did all four top halves of my rims at once, then rolled the car forward and did the other halves. You dont want to have the vinyl hitting the ground when you are doing the bottom, you want a clear view, so roll the wheel so what you're doing is always on top!

- They come in multiple sizes, but the common thickness for our rims seems to be 5mm-7mm. Mine are 6.5mm I think.

Bought my stripes from here: http://vehicleartz.com/ , just select 20in rims and pick your color and size (6.5mm is perfect IMO). The set comes with a few extra strips in case you mess up.
--They are shipped in a tube, so its best to lay them flat with a book on them or something to get them flat again so they are easy to work with.

But you can also purchase from this ebay seller, others have used him and seems to have some different options: http://stores.ebay.com/StripesGraphicsNdecals . I did not use him because I wanted a dark red, and he doesnt offer it.




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Old 05-09-2012, 09:13 PM   #2
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Thanks! Just ordered mine from your link. They accept PayPal also, which was very nice!
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:43 AM   #3
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Thanks! Just ordered mine from your link. They accept PayPal also, which was very nice!
Glad I could help! Post pics when you do it
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:06 AM   #4
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i would do it but my rims have scratches and chunks out of them on the outer edge, thanks to my sister. :(
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:34 AM   #5
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i would do it but my rims have scratches and chunks out of them on the outer edge, thanks to my sister. :(
That sucks, one of my rims had what could only be a rock chip on the outside (cause Ive only had the car a week and know I havent run into anything) and the pinstripe went over it fine.

If you have painted rims, you can actually touch up and repair just like normal paint.
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:10 PM   #6
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Thanks! I'm definitely going to do this to my wheels this summer!
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:16 PM   #7
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Thanks! I'm definitely going to do this to my wheels this summer!
Cool! Cheap and easy, post pics when u do it
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:58 PM   #8
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How well are they holding up ?
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:14 PM   #9
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Cool

Be careful at the car wash...
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:37 PM   #10
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How well are they holding up ?
I washed the car this weekend, and inspected them, all are still there and intact, at the edges and the seams.

They are the same as putting vinyl on your brake calipers or over a bowtie. Only thing that really kills vinyl is sunlight, and on your rims they wont be seeing as much as the rest of the car.

Im sure they will stay in good shape for a while. But they were also 8$ and took about 20-30 mins total to install.

Other members have used the same method and they held up for a long time

Just make sure its really really clean, and then clean again with alcohol

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Be careful at the car wash...
No self respecting Camaro owner uses an automatic car wash, or anyone who cares about their car for that matter!
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:31 PM   #11
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You'll need to replace them when you change tires ... I had them on my car in Australia ... Looked great until they were destroyed by new tire fitting. I even had it done on a run flat fitting machine ... But still tore them in places.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:31 AM   #12
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You'll need to replace them when you change tires ... I had them on my car in Australia ... Looked great until they were destroyed by new tire fitting. I even had it done on a run flat fitting machine ... But still tore them in places.
Thanks for the tip, ill have to order a set when I go to change my tires, hopefully thats far down the road, I only have 2k miles on them now, lol.

And your car is amazing!
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:06 AM   #13
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Good info bro.....sweet ride also
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Good info bro.....sweet ride also
Thanks man!
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