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$2400 is way high. I had a quote for that but to use the Mystic Chrome paint for the stripes and that shtuff is expensive. I was going to say try the Plasti Dip too. there is a trick to doing the straight line but once you figure it out, it looks slick. Plus you can just peel off. I did the Boss like look on my hood. It took longer to tape and prep than it did to paint. Plus the Plasti Dip is cheap!

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I did this myself and it cost less than $40.

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In my opinion vinyl is much better option than painting. It is cheaper and it can be removed.


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$2400 is the cost of a nice set of KW V3 adjustable coilovers that will make your ride and handling very much better. The vinyl looks great. Keep it. Lasts practically forever. Buy a $200 car cover to keep it nice while parked outside, and get some KWs or other coilovers with the excess.
So ive heard that putting a car cover on a somewhat dusty car can scratch the paint. Is that true at all or is it really not that big of a deal?

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So ive heard that putting a car cover on a somewhat dusty car can scratch the paint. Is that true at all or is it really not that big of a deal?
Putting a car cover on a clean car can scratch the paint, especially if it is outside where the wind can cause it to rub.
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Stick with the vinyl. I've had my matte black stripes on for two years now, and it's holding up extremely well. I wax over them as I go, and have had no ill effects. The only downside to the wax is you'll have to go back over all the inner and outer edges with a detail brush to get the leftover dried wax out. Kinda of a pita, but hey. I don't think (personal opinion) that painted on stripes would have the same look and texture as the vinyl. Replacing and/or removing vinyl is cheap and easy. Changing your mind on painted on stripes... not so much!

Also, don't use microfiber cloths on them when they are hot, such as out in the sun at a car show. When the stripes get super hot, they get very soft. Even gentle rubbing when hot can leave scratches in them. Ask me how I know!

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I like the matte black on black. Much more than white on black. I don't know much about paint so I wonder if they just spray the matte over the clearcoat? They don't clearcoat the matte afterwards, right? I wonder how it would hold up. My last Mustang was Vista Blue coupe with a matte spoiler and I really liked that.

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matte black paint is VERY susceptible to water stains/water marks.

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I've had vinyl matte black stripes on for a couple of years. With normal use, you are going to get wear and tear. You have to be very careful about removing any stains or dried bug or bird poop. If you don't soak them enough, you'll rub too hard and leave rub mark. A rub mark leaves a slight shine which it noticeable under certain light and angels. I use a detail-er on them with good results.

The rear bumper below the trunk is also susceptible to scratches. I ended up pulling 'em off, taping it, and spraying 'em on with a flat black rattle can. Also I've used a car cover since I've had them and even under windy conditions, they won't scratch.

Here are the sprayed stripes. The match is very close, and when they scratch, I can just lightly sand them and spray again.


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Looks sweet, but I'd agree with not painting them. Unless you have money to burn (and even then, 2400 can net you a whole load of other nice upgrades) vinyl should be just as good provided you take care of them. Heck, at that price you could just re-do the vinyls if they get worn for much cheaper haha

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looks sweet, but i'd agree with not painting them. Unless you have money to burn (and even then, 2400 can net you a whole load of other nice upgrades) vinyl should be just as good provided you take care of them. Heck, at that price you could just re-do the vinyls if they get worn for much cheaper haha
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They look nice as is. If they get worn and messy down the road, just replace them. Much cheaper than a paint job.


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I was just quoted $700 for a matte black double stripe on my 2012 GT. Does that sound too high? He said he was using the highest quality vinyl.
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For the price of paint you can purchase matte black stripes and have them reapplied every few years for the next 8-10 years...or more, depending on vinyl condition.


If you intend to keep the car forever...paint them and be done. If not, keep the vinyl and have them reapplied when they start looking bad to you.
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Damn, got another quote today for two 10" stripes bumper to bumper. $850!!

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I like the subtlety of the black on black stripes. My dad has a 14 GT500 with the black stripes and they are a pain to take care of. Really need to get them painted on.


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