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Old 10-12-2008, 12:07 AM   #26
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Wow....this whole time I thought the stripes were painted on the Convertible....dang. Vinyl looks good!
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Old 10-12-2008, 07:13 AM   #27
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Just wondering about the durability of the vinyl? Will it peel? How about when you wax your car .. any issues?

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I made my own stripes and put them on my 4th gen. I drive it through an automatic car wash every week. They don't peel and the vinyl is good for at least 7 years with no care. They make protectant you can apply just like for paint and you can also wax it.
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:33 AM   #28
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Is it possible to spray a layer of clear coat over the car and cover the stripes to protect them?
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Old 10-12-2008, 11:53 AM   #29
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Is it possible to spray a layer of clear coat over the car and cover the stripes to protect them?
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:34 PM   #30
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if i was going to spray cler coat over it i would just as well get them painted on cause you never know what dust particles might get caught in the clear coat or something.
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:47 PM   #31
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Yeah i would have to make sure im going to a quality paint shop with a clean paint booth.
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:54 PM   #32
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Wow....this whole time I thought the stripes were painted on the Convertible....dang. Vinyl looks good!
I honestly don't know for fact if they are vinyl or paint. I thought they were painted too...until I saw the ridge. From my knowledge, only if there were a few coats of paint, would there be a ridge as pronounced (which wasn't that bad...don't get me wrong)...as the ridge from the vert stripes.

The ridge (which wasn't that bad) made it look like vinyl....But Hell yeah!...they look GREAT!!!...and appear so nice that they are paint.

This is a good question for Scott....
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Old 10-12-2008, 04:48 PM   #33
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yup, you're right! I guess those stripes aren't so bad
sad thing about is that I've physically seen that vehicle....
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Old 10-12-2008, 04:51 PM   #34
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sad thing about is that I've physically seen that vehicle....
was it as cool in person as it is in the photo? slightly ontopic: how were the stripes holding up
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Old 10-12-2008, 05:09 PM   #35
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I would avoid using the pressure washer, it shouldn't hurt them at first but over time it can damage them. I'm up to 10 years on my stripes now and they came from Chevrolet on the car. After about 8 years I started loosing a few little specs of the stripes on the edges. I've seen a few similar anniversary cars that have been abused missing larger pieces but the ones that Ive seen that only get to come out a few times a year still look new.

The worst part of having the vinyl is that you cant buff out small scratches.

After washing your stripes use some Wax-as-you-dry spray, it really brightens them up.
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Old 10-12-2008, 10:52 PM   #36
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was it as cool in person as it is in the photo? slightly ontopic: how were the stripes holding up
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:44 AM   #37
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I saw the orange 'vert during Hotrod Power Tour '07, those stripes were painted on. It was a very expensive paint job, I believe the guy answering q's about the car told me it was something like $20K due to the paint being high dollar.

FWIW, my '06 Viper has painted on stripes too, and it also has an edge on the stripe. Not all painted stripes are smooth.



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Old 10-14-2008, 04:46 PM   #38
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If the clear coat over the stripes only covers the stripes, it will still have a raised edge. I had vinyls on my car for 7yrs and with good care lasted that long before showing signs of fading, then I painted them on. Paint is better, but it is also very permanent and more than twice as expensive. Vinyl is a good choice for many people, inexpensive, looks good, and easy to change.
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Old 10-14-2008, 04:57 PM   #39
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Painted on stripes don't have to be permanent. When custom painters add graphics to cars they usually paint them on top of a couple of layers of clear and then use a coat of clear between colors. They do that so if they mess up, they can sand off that layer without messing up the ones below it. This also allows you to sand off the stripes at a later date if you don't want them anymore.
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Old 10-19-2008, 08:19 PM   #40
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My camaro will have vinyl stripes. My graphic lady will be happy to do them for me...does anyone know where I could a stencil for the RS stripes???
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Old 10-19-2008, 09:05 PM   #41
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The HO vert w/ gray rally stripes is damn sexy as hell.
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:13 PM   #42
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wait wait wait..... he asked about the cyber grey stripes, I thought those came painted from the factory along with the white?
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:52 PM   #43
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wait wait wait..... he asked about the cyber grey stripes, I thought those came painted from the factory along with the white?
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:55 PM   #44
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If I decide to get a SS/RS I'll have my local dealer paint the stripes on. They quoted me $400 to do some on my Silverado SS so it will probably be pretty close for the SS/RS. I saw a pickup they did and it was really nice.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:30 PM   #45
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At first, I thought they were painted because they looked so darn good. But then, I looked closer and it looked as though there was an increadibly slight ridge at the edge of the stripe. I tried to find the best pic to show that.

But, these looked like decals to me.

I COULD BE WRONG. Because they looked too damn good to be decals. If this is what decals are like, they looked perfect!!!

The stripes on the concept convert. are paint.......
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:38 PM   #46
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sad thing about is that I've physically seen that vehicle....

Well... You live in hell... what did you expect?
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:45 PM   #47
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The stripes on the concept convert. are paint.......
Thanks for clearing that up, it did look too shiny at first for it to be a decal..
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Old 10-20-2008, 12:17 AM   #48
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The stripes on the concept convert. are paint.......
Well...I'll be.

It was tough...trying to figure it out.

Thank you very much for clearing that up.
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Old 10-20-2008, 12:20 AM   #49
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hopefully mine will look that good
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Old 10-20-2008, 10:45 AM   #50
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Just want to add my .02 to this. I own an '86 Mustang GT (I know, don't flame me). It has the vinyl stripe on the hood (no clear coat) from the factory. After 22 years, 88k miles and many car washs (hand and power), there is no indication it wants to come off.
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