Painted on Stripes or Vinyl Stripes

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Painted on stripes or Vinyl Stripes

Painted on stripes are normally created by a body shop/paint shop and will run anywhere from $500 to $2000 depending upon who does the job and the materials they use.  To paint on stripes the shop will tape off the area to be striped exposing only where the paint will go.  Then they will sand the area and spray it using either a standard or base coat/clear coat method.    The downside to painted on stripes is the high cost and the fact that they are hard to alter or remove. If you are not pleased with how they turned out you are basically stuck with what you have. This applies to botched up striping jobs as well. Fixing them would have involved a lot of sanding and respraying which would ruin the paint underneath as well. If the stripes had been vinyl they would have been simple to fix. I would have simply pulled off the bad sections and replaced them.

Vinyl stripes are much less expensive than paint. <em>Vinyl can be installed in far less time than painted strips could be completed.  Once professionally installed, vinyl stripes look almost exactly like sprayed on stripes but at just fraction of the price. Since you don’t have to wait for the paint to dry and do multiple coats you won’t have to be without your car for a week, in most cases you will receive your car back the same day. Also, vinyl stripes can be changed easier and will last for years if cared for properly. The life expectancy of vinyl striping depends on what type of material was used, the color, and how much the car is in the sun. Over the past decade tremendous improvements have been made in vinyl production and quality. High Quality vinyl with a 6 year outdoor rating is now readily available whereas 5 years ago this was not the case. Also, a huge variety of colors including metallic’s are now available. Black lasts the longest followed by white and then the various colors.

Another advantage of vinyl is that a computer is used for design work making it possible to integrate in curves, words and other elements that would be difficult to do using only paint.  Plus if you want to add more graphics to your car such as rocker panel striping the same vinyl film can be used to for a perfect match.


In summary, vinyl makes more sense from a practical, budgetary, and a time sensitive standpoint. 

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