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Old 02-19-2009, 09:46 PM   #1
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Question Taking Care Of Stripes

I just changed my order to factory stripes. Is there any thing I should do to make them last longer/ resist fading as soon as I get it?
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:52 PM   #2
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Ya...go get them painted. Last longer than vinyl.
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Old 02-19-2009, 10:13 PM   #3
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Ya...go get them painted. Last longer than vinyl.
I don't know about that. All three of my Z28s had vinyl stripes, and they never faded, peeled, or cracked. I didn't do anything special to take care of them either, other than wash and wax them along with the rest of the car.

I'd say keeping them out of the sun wouldn't hurt - even paint will fade if left in the sun all the time.
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Old 02-19-2009, 10:19 PM   #4
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Don't use a pressure washer on the car. A little Wax-as-you-dry on the vinyl really brightens them up. You can get about 10 years out of them before they start to show age if you take good care of them.
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Old 02-19-2009, 10:25 PM   #5
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There is a trick I found that works good. Right before you get in your car EVERY TIME, you have to clap three times, touch the handle, clapp twice, stomp your left foot turn in a circle to the right, stomp your right foot, lick the window, jump twice, yell "WALLA WALLA BAM TICK TICK", open and shut the door three times, turn in a circle to the left, then get in the car and start as usuall. Oh, and wash and wax it when needed.
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Old 02-19-2009, 10:34 PM   #6
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There is a trick I found that works good. Right before you get in your car EVERY TIME, you have to clap three times, touch the handle, clapp twice, stomp your left foot turn in a circle to the right, stomp your right foot, lick the window, jump twice, yell "WALLA WALLA BAM TICK TICK", open and shut the door three times, turn in a circle to the left, then get in the car and start as usuall. Oh, and wash and wax it when needed.
I just printed this off for future reference. I'm sure I'd forget a step in there somewhere
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My brother had them on his 10th Anniversary Firehawk.

When I detailed his car, I used polish on them as well, being careful to avoid the edges. Never had an issue.

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My brother had them on his 10th Anniversary Firehawk.

When I detailed his car, I used polish on them as well, being careful to avoid the edges. Never had an issue.
Just for clarification, what happens if you don't avoid the edges? Does the polish get up under the vinyl?

That's a beautiful car BTW
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Just for clarification, what happens if you don't avoid the edges? Does the polish get up under the vinyl?

That's a beautiful car BTW
Well, depending on the type of wax you use, you could get white residue along the edges.

Thanks for the nice compliment on the car too.
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What will happen if you pressure-wash it? This is what I usually do with my cars in the winter, since you can't exactly go out and hand-wash them...
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Well, depending on the type of wax you use, you could get white residue along the edges.

Thanks for the nice compliment on the car too.
Makes sense. Thank you.

And you're welcome. I had a 4th gen Trans Am, but always loved the Firehawk version.
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What will happen if you pressure-wash it? This is what I usually do with my cars in the winter, since you can't exactly go out and hand-wash them...
"pressure wash"?! NO! NO! NO!

I can see having to go to one of those coin operated places in the winter, (I've taken my Jeep to one on occassion) but you don't want to use the high pressure setting, IMO.

But if you do, I'd suggest avoiding the edges. I doubt there'd be any problem, but "better safe than sorry".
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What will happen if you pressure-wash it? This is what I usually do with my cars in the winter, since you can't exactly go out and hand-wash them...
The edges of the stripes will eventually start to flake away... it would probably be years, but it will happen.
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"pressure wash"?! NO! NO! NO!

I can see having to go to one of those coin operated places in the winter, (I've taken my Jeep to one on occassion) but you don't want to use the high pressure setting, IMO.

But if you do, I'd suggest avoiding the edges. I doubt there'd be any problem, but "better safe than sorry".
What about those "soft-cloth" drive-thru car washes? I know that dealers tend to wash their cars like this, as opposed to a nice hand wash. Will this be harmful? Many people fear scratches/damage and such from these, but I've never actually seen these kinds of results.

Just curious, as this will be my DD so I'll be driving it all-year-round.

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Old 02-20-2009, 03:22 PM   #15
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I never go through touch washes, I am very particular about what I let touch the paint of my car and god knows what little grit and grime is in those things. They will just put swirlies in your clear coat.
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Old 02-28-2009, 06:49 AM   #16
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If you use a good wax, Mothers is what I use but there are others out there that work just fine, I have tried them all. Turtle wax Ice leaves no residue. I don't like it but there's no white marks. If you look after the paint and wax on a regular basis you should have no problem. I am having mine put on at the dealer. They are suppose to be paint according to the salesman and the body shop rep.
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Old 02-28-2009, 08:54 AM   #17
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They are suppose to be paint according to the salesman and the body shop rep.

they are vinyl ,to quote some other people on this board

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I was driving down the freeway yesterday and my car must've been hit with about 5 rocks. No damage that I can see, but they were loud.

My question... do vinyl stripes scratch/scrape easily from this kind of daily driving? I'd hate to see a big gash in my stripe just because I chose to drive on the freeway...

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Old 03-01-2009, 11:41 AM   #19
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When I went to order my camaro they said they are going to throw in GM's 5year paint and vinyl warrenty for free.They also said that they were going give me a years worth of free car washes.

My question is: do you think the car washes through a car wash place will mess up my vinyl stripes?
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:59 AM   #20
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I doubt it. Everyone's freaking out about how to care for their rally stripes. Automotive vinyl stripes are very durable and can withstand just as much as your paintjob.

If you're really paranoid about your car, you'll probably be handwashing it in the driveway for the first year anyway.

Like has been said before, if you want to keep them looking good for a long, long time, try to limit how often you leave your car out in the summer sun.
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What about those "soft-cloth" drive-thru car washes? I know that dealers tend to wash their cars like this, as opposed to a nice hand wash. Will this be harmful? Many people fear scratches/damage and such from these, but I've never actually seen these kinds of results.

Just curious, as this will be my DD so I'll be driving it all-year-round.

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It's just my opinion, but personally, I NEVER use an automated car wash, no matter what type, even for my Jeep.

I make sure and polish my cars several times during the warmer months, (the SS has so many coats I lost count) in order to offer the best protection for the winter.

The SS is in the garage for the winter, but for my Jeep, there's usually a day warm enough, during the winter, for me to wash it myself.
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Ya...go get them painted. Last longer than vinyl.
Go for aftermarket painted from reputable body shop. Not as expensive as you might think and get the style of stripes you want instead of being restricted to what GM cuts out for you.
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It's a relief to see that most are saying you can hand wash/wax the stripes just like you normally would if you didn't have them.


Anyone happen to know if factory stripes will have any type of coating put on them after they are installed? I'm sure the answer is probably no but I'm curious if there might be a chance of a protective coating.
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im probably gonna use zaino as usual, it has uv protection and lasts a very long time no film residue either
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Some good info. I was wondering about waxing them.

I'd say a pressure washer is fine as long as you don't get too close with the tip of the spray nozzle. I'll do this when it's cold out. Just DON'T use the foaming brush EVER.

I've never used a drive thru car wash.
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