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Old 04-16-2014, 06:21 AM   #1
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Gill Stripes? Recommendations?

Everytime I wash and dry my car I notice how "unfinished" the stamped side gills look. I know they sell gill stripe decals for about $30, but I'm not sure what color to try on my Red Camaro. I'm leaning towards silver (which would simulate metal), or black to basically work like a shadow.

Any thoughts about what you've seen? Example photos of Red cars with gill stripe decals?

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Old 04-16-2014, 07:02 AM   #2
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:53 AM   #3
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I have metallic-silver, vinyl gill accents (not the rectangles that fill the bottom of the recess) on IBM and it looks really good. On a lighter car, black may be better. Maybe a black/silver combo?
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:20 AM   #4
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Ditto, I went with matte black and had a local vinyl shop install them. They send extras in case you mess up, but I didn't want to take the chance. I've gotten alot of compliments on them, nice addition for sure.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:29 AM   #5
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Just did mine myself.

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Old 04-16-2014, 11:33 AM   #6
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Or take a walk on the wild side with a set of these. Their on the expensive side too.

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Old 04-16-2014, 11:35 AM   #7
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if your doing vinyl then go with the slp they are a bit pricier but have the fade effect and look the most real that i have seen

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Old 04-16-2014, 11:35 AM   #8
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The SLP faded stripes look awesome on VR! I had them on my VR SS and they actually looked like real vents. You had to look pretty closely to realize they were just decals.

They aren't the cheapest version our there, but they look the best of the ones I've seen.

https://www.texas-speed.com/p-1862-s...rter-gill.aspx

EDIT: I see a few of us posted the exact same thing at the same time!
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Haha yeah we all did SLP faded, they're the best or seems!
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Old 04-17-2014, 03:21 AM   #10
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Thanks guys!
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:22 AM   #11
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The SLP faded stripes look awesome on VR! I had them on my VR SS and they actually looked like real vents. You had to look pretty closely to realize they were just decals.

They aren't the cheapest version our there, but they look the best of the ones I've seen.

https://www.texas-speed.com/p-1862-s...rter-gill.aspx

EDIT: I see a few of us posted the exact same thing at the same time!
Think I'm going to order these today. I've been wanting to do these for a long time. Did you put them on using the wet or dry method?
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:35 AM   #12
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Ditto, I went with matte black and had a local vinyl shop install them. They send extras in case you mess up, but I didn't want to take the chance. I've gotten alot of compliments on them, nice addition for sure.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:22 AM   #13
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Think I'm going to order these today. I've been wanting to do these for a long time. Did you put them on using the wet or dry method?
I used the wet method. Just take your time to get them right where you want them before squeezing out the water. When they stick they are pretty much on there for good.

Here is a pic on my old VR SS.



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Does the red color car just not create the same illusion of gill slits. Cuz' these pics of red ones just don't seem to have the same effect as on lighter colors. Also the decals dark lines looks to be on the leading edge of the gill louver in the above pic instead of the trailing (rear) edge.
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The pics don't really do these justice. The dark part is towards the rear (in the valley) and in person they really have a 3D effect. I don't know why they don't look as dark in the pics as they do in real life.
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I did mine myself with water. Anyone have any slight bubbles in them? Hard to do with the valleys I thought, to get all bubbles out.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:06 AM   #17
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The pics don't really do these justice. The dark part is towards the rear (in the valley) and in person they really have a 3D effect. I don't know why they don't look as dark in the pics as they do in real life.
Yea...cameras to weird things with certain colors and lighting. I trust they look good in person.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:16 AM   #18
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I used the wet method. Just take your time to get them right where you want them before squeezing out the water. When they stick they are pretty much on there for good.

Here is a pic on my old VR SS.



Okay... one more thing. What wet substance did you use? I know there are products you can buy, or did you just use your own concoction? What did you use as a squeegy? I just don't want to mess up a 60 dollar decal. I wonder if I should just pay someone.
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I ordered mine from LMPerformance.com Got the flat black fade and love the way they look. Like everyone says, pictures don't do it justice.

The instructions sent with the decals say to use a "decal spray". I just used a little soapy water and that worked great. Allowed me to position them where I wanted them before using a flat spatula to get the water and air bubbles out. They also came one sheet per side. I separated them and did them one at a time instead of all three at one time
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^^^^ yep, I used soapy water mix to install mine as well. I also did them one at a time. I didn't use a squeegee, I think I just used a credit card and wrapped the edge in painters tape to give it a softer edge. You may get some bubbles, at first. Just try to get all that you can, and as they dry fully the bubbles should go away. If they don't, you can try to use a small pin to pop the bubble.
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Old 04-17-2014, 02:58 PM   #21
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I ordered mine from LMPerformance.com Got the flat black fade and love the way they look. Like everyone says, pictures don't do it justice.

The instructions sent with the decals say to use a "decal spray". I just used a little soapy water and that worked great. Allowed me to position them where I wanted them before using a flat spatula to get the water and air bubbles out. They also came one sheet per side. I separated them and did them one at a time instead of all three at one time
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^^^^ yep, I used soapy water mix to install mine as well. I also did them one at a time. I didn't use a squeegee, I think I just used a credit card and wrapped the edge in painters tape to give it a softer edge. You may get some bubbles, at first. Just try to get all that you can, and as they dry fully the bubbles should go away. If they don't, you can try to use a small pin to pop the bubble.
I just ordered the flat ones from LM Performance. You guys say they came on one sheet, but you did them separate. Do you mean you had to cut the shape? I hope not. I'm hoping these things come precut for each gill. Please let me know asap because if not precut I'm canceling the order.
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They are precut on the sheet and are spaced so "in theory" you could put all three on at the same time. I'm not skilled enough to do that, so I peeled each gill off separately and installed them that way.
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They are precut on the sheet and are spaced so "in theory" you could put all three on at the same time. I'm not skilled enough to do that, so I peeled each gill off separately and installed them that way.
Cool... thanks for the reply man.
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Same here. Started out trying to do the whole sheet and realized that wasnt gonna work out to well. They come covered on both sides, one is a quick release on the sticky side, they other you are suppose to peal off once they are on. Found out that didnt work too well either. I took the sticky side off first then soaked the thicker backing with water. This allowed me to peal each gill separately pretty easy. Then with the car wet with a soapy solution put each gill in place and pushed out the water behind the vinyl.
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Installed... used the wet method. They look real nice.

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