Car stripes, aka racing stripes, rally stripes, or LeMans stripes — are the 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.

A little history of car stripes

Racing stripes were first used on the race cars of the Cunningham team, starting with 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 in 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.

Why would you need car vinyl stripes?

The main reason why people are choosing them is to make their car 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to wrap stripes on a car?

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.

Can you take stripes off a car?

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.

Where can I get car stripes in Chicago?

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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