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Car Stripes To Make Your Ride Stand Out Among The Crowd

Car Stripes To Make Your Ride Stand Out Among The Crowd

Car stripes, aka racing stripes, rally stripes, or LeMans stripes — are long pieces of vinyl wrap, usually applied parallel to each other, running from the front to the back of the car. This is a symbol of speed and performance, that’s why you usually find them on sports cars such as the Mustang. But any car can get them, regarding the brand and sportiness, so keep on reading to learn more and get yours applied by a professional.

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A little history of car stripes

Racing stripes were first used on the race cars of the Cunningham team, starting in 1951. They were using two parallel blue stripes in order to make their cars more easily recognizable during races.

Another legendary car that used stripes was the Shelby Daytona Coupe back in 1964. This was an American sports coupe built for racing, which brought the title to the FIA International Championship for GT Manufacturers in 1965.

The first road car to use racing stripes was the Ford Mustang GT350 in 1965. From there, multiple car manufacturers included stripes by default on some of their models, while people also began to get them optionally through wrapping shops.

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There is a wide variety of different types of stripes on cars available in the market. We offer various solutions in terms of the quantity, width, and color of the stripes, as well as their application. This can include:

  • One wide stripe that runs through the entire car, either in the center or offset to the side.
  • Two symmetrical stripes that run through the entire car right in the center of the body.
  • One stripe that ends on the hood, or two that converge on it.
  • Stripes that run along the sides of the car.

There are also individual options for applying stripes to the roof, hood, trunk, and other parts of the vehicle.

Material used for wrapping

Car stripes often cover the full car or focus on a specific area, so the wrapping film must be of high quality, offering strength, flexibility, and ease of application.

The most relevant types of vehicle wrap include:

Vinyl: Available in glossy, matte, or textured finishes and a wide range of colors. Medium thickness, low cost.
Polyurethane: Combining the advantages of the previous material with increased strength, thinner profile, and the ability to wrap windows. Extremely thin but relatively expensive.
Reflective: This type makes the car bright and attention-grabbing at night.
Glow-in-the-dark: This vinyl wrap makes the car visible even in complete darkness, thanks to the fluorescent composition.
Chameleon: The color finish changes depending on the angle, providing an ever-changing appearance.
Carbon: Not just for aesthetics but also for additional protection for the car body. Often used for wrapping the lower part of the body.

If you are unsure which option is best to choose, contact our managers. They will suggest the optimal solution to give your vehicle a whole new look.

Where can stripes be installed on the body?

In most cases, stripes are applied to:

  • The hood, roof, and trunk (using longitudinal single-color stripes, one, two, or three, of equal or varying widths).
  • The sides of the car (doors, fenders, or a single location).
  • The entire body.
  • Doors and the hood.

The Tinting Chicago team has rich experience and expertise. Our specialists will quickly and efficiently apply vinyl car stripes to any area of your vehicle.

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Why install car vinyl stripes?

The main reason why people are choosing them is to make their cars look sportier and more visually appealing. Just two simple white stripes can entirely change the visual appearance of a car and make it stand out of the crowd.

For many people, their car is their baby. These enthusiasts are constantly customizing it, making it more unique and interesting. You can definitely achieve impressive results with the help of vinyl wrapping, whether you choose to do the full car or just add some stripes.

Vinyl wrapping also has protection benefits for the original paint, but in this case, it covers just a small percentage of the car surface, so you can’t fully count on it. But the parts that are covered by the stripes are definitely more protected against scratches, corrosion, road debris damage, and other factors.

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How to properly apply racing stripes?

Applying sports stripes to a car is a relatively straightforward process; the key is to follow recommendations and be attentive to each step:

  • Choose car wrap: Select car stripe decals that complement the appearance of your vehicle. You can opt for classic single-color stripes or colorful combinations to create a unique style.
  • Surface preparation: Ensure that the surface where you will apply the stripes is clean and dry. It is recommended to use soapy water to remove dirt for easier application.
  • Application technique: Use the “shape-changing” method to avoid wrinkles and air bubbles under the stripe. Stretch the stripe, apply it to the surface, and evenly press it, gradually removing the protective layer.
  • Securement and care: After applying, allow the stripe to dry and adhere for several hours. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for care, using safe cleaning agents.

You need knowledge and skills in working with vinyl materials to achieve a quality result. If you lack relevant experience, entrust this work to the professionals at Tinting Chicago.

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How much do car graphics cost?

The cost of applying vinyl racing stripes to a vehicle can vary significantly depending on the following factors:

  • Size of the car: Larger and more intricately shaped cars require more material, and vinyl wrap installation takes more time, significantly increasing the price service.
  • Material quality: Depending on the manufacturer, the quality of vinyl films can vary. Professional and durable materials are more expensive but also provide better protection and an attractive appearance.
  • Design complexity: A more complex and unique vehicle graphics design requires more time and effort from the installer, significantly impacting the overall cost.

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How long do stripes last on a car?

The durability of car stripes depends on the vehicle’s operating and storage conditions, the quality of the material, and the execution of the work. Professional installations come with a warranty of up to 5 years, but in practice, vinyl stripe decals on a car can last much longer – up to 10 years.

Why do people put stripes on their car?

Racing stripes on a car are a complete tuning element and a package that protects the body’s paintwork.

What are the benefits of applying vinyl stripes?

Primarily, this solution is decorative. It changes the vehicle’s appearance, making it easily recognizable and stylish. At the same time, such unique features can protect against theft, as the car stands out too much, making it easily noticeable among the flow of other vehicles.

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The price depends on the size of the car and how wide you want the stripes to be. The price would be somewhere around $400, but it’s better to come over to one of our shops, tell us exactly what you want and we will give you a free price estimate. Adding stripes is a great way to change the appearance of your car in a much cheaper way compared to a full car wrap that costs over $3,000.

Yes, you can. Any type of wrapping whether it’s on the full vehicle or just certain parts can easily be taken off at a professional shop such as ours. Whether you got bored of the design and want to change it, or the old wrap is damaged, we can help you take it off and then apply a new one.

Tinting Chicago is here to assist you with all of your wrapping needs, whether you want the full car or just some stripes. We have the ultimate selection of colors and textures available in multiple widths, so you can find the film that you like regardless of your tastes and preferences. Our technicians are waiting for you for a free price estimate at 3621 N Harlem Ave or 2720 W Grand Ave. You can also call us at 773-455-0467 or 312-212-0493.

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