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Old 05-06-2015, 10:56 PM   #1
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Painted or vinyl stripes?

So i just recently bought my 2014 ingot silver 5.0. I've got charcoal MCA wheels, 15% tint, Roush axle-backs, and Halo grill lights. What I'm looking at doing next though is getting Kona blue racing strips. The only problem is that I'm not sure wether to go with vinyl or painted on ones. Im trying to weigh the pro's and con's as well as what prices i can expect. If you all can comment advice and such it would be a great help as well as if your in Georgia let me know of any good shops that might do it! and post pictures of yours so i can get an idea of what the different ones look like, thanks!
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:02 AM   #2
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Vinyl. Don't even bother thinking about painting them. There's really no benefit in picking paint over vinyl for a stripe.

Vinyl - cheaper, can be removed at any time, easier to fix in case of chips etc.


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Yep....what he said.
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Get vinyl stripes and use aerospace 303 to protect them.
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I have never put any strips on a car, but I have put a lot of graphics on all of my race cars. My drag Maverick has it's first graphics painted on..................and after 35 years you could still pick it out under the paint if you looked hard enough.
It was always a pain washing and waxing the car but since graphics change so often on a race car it was nice to just peal them off.
If I was going to put strips on my Mustang I would paint them on and not have to worry about going through a car wash, or getting wax on them, or having them peal off..........if you are sure exactly what you want and aren't going to change them then painted looks so much better......in my opinion. The one downside is the cost as I've seen people have the strips painted on by a good shop and cost over $1000. The nice thing about paint is that you can do "ghost" images and other things you can't really do effectively with vinyl.
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Here in Sunny Southern California, the sun seems to do a number on vinyl after a couple of years, of course going hand in hand with that is the fast fading of most paints, meaning the stripes are there permanently, even if you remove the vinyl. Had the hood stripes replaced on my Toyota truck twice and decided to just live with the shadow of the stripe the second time they degraded. For those reasons I tend to favor painting, preferably with a clear coat on top.
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This is some good advice all around, I had a 2014 v6 before this with vinyl stripes (before I had a deer hit me..) so I know the guy I'd use would be charging me like 400-450 for the job. I'm just trying to figure out if the extra $$ would be worth the paint. Cause I know the exact style I want and color, plan on keeping it that way and all.


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I did vinyl on my 2014 5.0 and it came out great at only 400 bucks..I didn't price paint but I'm sure it would've been quite a bit more expensive


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Paint all the way, don't even hesitate.
I had the ford racing stripe kit so you know it was quality, and it scratched and chipped and faded and looked like **** after a few years.
I had the scoop and spoilers painted and they continued to look awesome while the vinyl continued to degrade.
No better example than watching it happen on your own ride. What a painful comparison.
Then when I went to have the stripes removed they were so baked on they wouldn't come off so I had to have the whole car repainted.
Now that I have real paint stripes I wish I had done that in the first place.
They look 1000 times better than vinyl and with the clear coat over them will never scratch the color off.
Plus with vinyl you have to go around all the little details like the windshield squirters and licence plate etc.
If you can, do paint. You'll thank me later.

Paint:


Vinyl:


Oh, and you'll never get this nice of a finish from Vinyl....ever.
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I was going to do vinyl on my '12 before I traded it for a '15. I bought them back in Dec, but was waiting for weather to warm up. In that time, I changed my mind and wanted to go paint. When I do stripes on the '15, I will do paint all the way.
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Whichever way you go post pics. I too have an ingot and want to see what it looks like. Don't see many our color with stripes (other than the NFS movie car and some GT500s)
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Yeah, what FABMAN said! Several questions to ask yourself: Is the ride for show or go? Is it about the look or just another mod you can try? Are you keeping it for the long haul? Do you change your mind often? Is money the only factor? Are you a one and done, do it right-do it once kind a guy? I did it both ways and wish I had waited to do it right the first time. I had vinyl for 2 years-Ugg. Painted and never regretted it. Bottom line is it's your choice so think about it.
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Around here I can get quality vinyl for $800 or have the stripes painted for $1300. I think we are going to have them painted this summer.


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No regrets mate.
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OP. Check out mine. Painted on and clearcoated. Ford flame blue on ingot silver


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I think I'll probably end up going with paint this time. I'll be doing the Kona blue stripes similar to the NFS mustangs. If anyone knows any good shops anywhere in GA that does quality paint work throw some names my way I d appreciate it!


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OP. Check out mine. Painted on and clearcoated. Ford flame blue on ingot silver


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Where's the pic? Didn't see it in the garage...
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I have not seen anyone state Plast-Dip.
i tried it on a 2002 and it looks really good. They have a lot of different colors and you can try it out on test pattern before you go all in on a style..
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Dunno why it's sideways....it's not that way on my phone lol

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Those look great!

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Which blue is that? Doesn't look as dark as 'Navy' some vendors have what they call 'Brilliant' blue?
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Dark blue matallic by BigWorm

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The painted stripes usually turn out looking better IMO- however I have seen some great looking vinyl stripes, and in that case they are removable in case you ever want to get rid of them, which is a plus.
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Vinyl or painted

I have painted stripes right now about to repaint car definitely going with vinyl stripes this time or was thinking plasti dip stripes!
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