April 27, 2009, 04:30:21 PM by Citricacid
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Ok, so the stock, single color of your stang just isn't doing it for you any more and you want to spice it up; may I suggest some classic, always in style, LeMans stripes! Sounds interesting? Then grab a buddy and here's a parts list:
1. Windex or a spray bottle filled with soapy water
2. Razor blade
3. Plastic scraper
4. Roll of 1.5" blue painter's tape (the distance in between your stripes is up to you. This is what I used)
5. A roll of 12" stripes for you guys with '05 and newer stangs or 8" for earlier models.(I bought my stripes from Americanmuscle.com)
6. Roll of twine or string for measuring distance from outer edge of the body to the stripe local
7. tape measure
8. Straight edge
So first things first, wash your car and make sure there's no bugs or wax or anything that will be where your stripes will be. I'ld also suggest that your car be cool when applying the stripes.
Once the car is surgical room clean, Start by taking the string and measuring sideways across the hood to find the center. Now, take that measurement and figure out how wide half your tape width is. This resulting number is is where you need to put the tape. In other words, half your tape width should be on one side of the center line of your hood. On my 04 I believe it was somewhere around 25 1/4" or something like that. You can measure all the way up the hood or just lay the tape and triple eye it like I did. I recommend you tape the entire car before starting to stripe. Also, for those with a 99-04 stang, you can use the trunk key hole as a centering point.
Now time for the striping.
Measure the distance of the area where you will put the stripe. I started with the hood. Add about 2-3 inches to your measurement to allow for uh-ohs and over lap. *Make sure you have enough to tuck under the hood at both the front and rear and everywhere else you can tuck the ends*
Now use the tape measure and the straight edge to cut a perfect line. *Make sure you cut the stripe with the color side up. Otherwise you may scratch the stripe.*
I used a sewing cutting board as a cutting surface. Once the stripe is cut, spray the area with windex and also spray the back side of the stripe. The stripe is like a giant sticker hence the windex. The more you spray the more you'll have to squeegee out and the longer it will take to dry. (The windex is to allow the stripe to slide around while you position it.) Once you have the stripe in the place where you want it, start to squeegee the windex out from under the stripe and make sure to get the air bubbles out. (I used lint free clothes to help soak up the windex that was squeegeed out.) Once the air bubbles are out move on to the next area and repeat the process. A note for those with the v-6 reverse scoop hood: I placed the stripe over the "scoop" and used a razor to cut along it. If you have a better idea use it!
Now with the awesome contours that make the mustang so attractive, also make the striping process much harder. You really get to see how curved your stang is! On the bumpers I would recommend less windex and possibly even a hair drier. Why a hair drier? The hair drier will make the strip more malleable and easier to place into all the contours. On the raised spoiler, my buddy and I found it easier to just remove it and stripe it off the car. The front bumper and the spoiler are the most time consuming and probably the ones where your inner sailor will emerge. Once you are finished all the way around, double check your work and make sure all the air bubbles are gone. Yes, some will show up later, trust me. Once completed I had about 3 feet left and used it for some touch ups and extra tuckage. Allow to dry for 24 hours or longer depending on how the weather is and enjoy the fruits of you labor!
I tried to attach some pics to help with the process but they didn't attach. So, just look at my pics and use those to get the idea.
Stickied as a really great tutorial for stripes!! I can help with the pics if needed.