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Self installed Over the top stripes - tell me if you did it yourself

I'm considering doing the stripes myself using a Baltimore Street Mods kit. I am hesitant, and would like to hear experiences of those who have done it themselves (how long did it take, did you have problems, what were they, etc).

I have a local sign shop (which also does some vehicle work) quoting it for me as well, but I'm not optimistic.

I may eventually paint (since that will be brought up), but for now I want vinyl so that it is easily reversible.

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PM STL i think I read somewhere that he originally did his by himself. All I know is if you are going to do it, make sure you take your time, follw the instructions carefully, make sure you order it with transfer tape, and use a generous amount of water in a spray bottle with a 10% dish soap solution. It makes it 10X easier to manipulate and get the bubbles out.

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stripes is something i would leave to the pros myself. then again i am not a very "delicate" person when it comes to working on stuff. (not being perverted )

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PM STL i think I read somewhere that he originally did his by himself. All I know is if you are going to do it, make sure you take your time, follw the instructions carefully, make sure you order it with transfer tape, and use a generous amount of water in a spray bottle with a 10% dish soap solution. It makes it 10X easier to manipulate and get the bubbles out.
I appreciate the suggestion. I have replies from a few people, and endless instructions. What I am worried about is: you can describe to someone how to paint a Picasso, that doesn't mean though that they (me) can actually make it look the same.

I've got 3 incoming quotes. We'll see what I do then.

If I do it myself, and I screw it up, at worst it would be the bumpers, and BSM would probably sell me those bits cheap 2nd time around and I can have a pro install those. I have read that the hood, roof, and trunk (I have no spoiler) are quite easy as far as curves when applying double stripes.
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Took me 9 hours. Follow directions to the letter and don't rush and you'll be fine.

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I think I am going to go for it and try myself.

I got a quote back from a local shop for $340 installed including material and tax. This makes it very tempting, but I still think I will be happier if I do it myself, then have them do the bumpers if I just can't get it.
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PM STL i think I read somewhere that he originally did his by himself. All I know is if you are going to do it, make sure you take your time, follw the instructions carefully, make sure you order it with transfer tape, and use a generous amount of water in a spray bottle with a 10% dish soap solution. It makes it 10X easier to manipulate and get the bubbles out.
What is transfer tape and how do you use it?

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This post is the only time you will see "Fuzzy Dice" and "self install" in the same sentence....

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What is transfer tape and how do you use it?
Transfer tape (the way I understand it), is tape with light adhesive stuck to the TOP of the stripes, so that you can remove the backing from the adhesive, and the stripes stay together, and a bit more rigid. Only after the stripes have been applied and dry, do you remove the transfer tape to reveal the stripes. Usually it is a bit translucent so yo ucan actually see the stripes. It helps keep out wrinkles as well since you are applying a stiffer package instead of thin, floppy vinyl by itself.
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I'll tell you what... anyone who installs themselves should be in a "hall of fame" of some sort - yes, that includes you, Stl. I watched my installer do it - about 6 hours give or take... and it was tedious. If you have patience, god bless ya, if not - let an installer do it.
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I'm considering doing the stripes myself using a Baltimore Street Mods kit. I am hesitant, and would like to hear experiences of those who have done it themselves (how long did it take, did you have problems, what were they, etc).

I have a local sign shop (which also does some vehicle work) quoting it for me as well, but I'm not optimistic.

I may eventually paint (since that will be brought up), but for now I want vinyl so that it is easily reversible.

Thanks!
I went through Baltimore Street Mods also. The stripes are not hard once you get started. Keep them Wet until you have them where you want them and follow the instructions.

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Don't you install yourself into your Mustang every time you drive it?

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I'll tell you what... anyone who installs themselves should be in a "hall of fame" of some sort - yes, that includes you, Stl. I watched my installer do it - about 6 hours give or take... and it was tedious. If you have patience, god bless ya, if not - let an installer do it.
It really wasn't that bad. Just have to pay attention to detail.

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Transfer tape (the way I understand it), is tape with light adhesive stuck to the TOP of the stripes, so that you can remove the backing from the adhesive, and the stripes stay together, and a bit more rigid. Only after the stripes have been applied and dry, do you remove the transfer tape to reveal the stripes. Usually it is a bit translucent so yo ucan actually see the stripes. It helps keep out wrinkles as well since you are applying a stiffer package instead of thin, floppy vinyl by itself.
OK. I get it now. Thank you!!

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i like the look of the stripes on a couple... not sure on a convertible though...

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