Car Stripes

Car Stripes

Car Stripes are one the original car customization methods and, in my opinion, one of the best!

While it is of course possible to get a company to complete a professional installation of your stripes, it can be more fun to install them yourself.

This guide should be helpful for your car stripes work.

First off, depending on how your new stripes have been delivered, trim them to size. You can use scissors or a razor blade to trim, and I would recommend that you leave a little excess so you have some margin for error.

Clean the entire car, paying particular attention to the area where your stripes will be installed. Any dirt or dust left behind is going to cause bumps and wrinkles but at the same time, you don’t want to clean the working area then accidentally dirty it by knocking over dirt from a different part of the car. Play it safe and clean the whole thing!

Mix 20 ounces water, ¼ teaspoon dish washing liquid and ½ teaspoon of Isopropyl Alcohol in a spray bottle.

Next, carefully mark out where the stripes will go using masking tape. This is the time to perfect your placement with nothing at stake so make sure you step back and take time to check from all angles!

When you are satisfied the masking tape is placed correctly, spray the car with the contents of your spray bottle. Peel the backing off of the adhesive side of the strip and spray it (the strip, not the backing).

Position the strip where you want it and carefully slide it into place – this is going to be easiest if there are two of you.

Once the stripe is in place, spray it too with the contents of the spray bottle and then carefully run over it with a squeegee. Work from the center outwards, and ensure that all the soapy water is squeezed out from underneath.

Repeat the process if you have more stripes to install. If you notice any bubbles, carefully pierce with a needle or pin and run the squeegee over it to push out any water that is trapped.

Trim away any excess and step back and admire your handy work!