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Racing stripe Rant

So I found a local guy willing to install my lemans stripes, he quoted me at $120, which I thought was pretty fair. My stripes came in yesterday, nice 7 year, 3M stripes, CAD cut, these look great on the paper. I email the guy and tell him that they came in and I would like to setup a time to have them installed. He replies back late last night that he expects it now to be a 6-7 hour job and the price has now doubled!! Im like WTH!

How much are you guys paying to have your stripes installed? I need to check around with a few local shops and see what they would charge me. I had the install money set aside, but now with my sons medical bills, etc.. Im going to have to wait an extra month to have them put on. Needless to say, im not the happy camper.


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On my V6 I had two matte black lemans stripes and two "hockey stick" stripes put on the hood. They were custom cut and installed by the same person. The cost was $300. He wanted another $300 to do the rest of the car.


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I would try and negotiate the price....I mean he did quote you and you both agreed on the price.
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Honestly in his defense, I think I can see where he is coming from now that Ive thought about it. I was originally asking for a single super snake stripe and now ive chosen to go with dual lemans stripes with a small pinstripe on the side of the outermost stripe. Maybe I can get him to come down a little bit. I will sure try.

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Ahh, missed your last post. I would try to negotiate a little bit.

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As someone who has a bit of experience with this I would say $240 is not that bad. I know to wrap the roof of the mustang, including material is about $250 from the guy I know. You are paying for the guys experience and you are not using his product. I know some sign guys don't like the 3M product so he may be factoring in what he sees as a "headache". Where did you get you stripes from? Not all vinyl is the same and it does have a shelf life.
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We just had le mans stripes put on our 2010 GT and it was around $250 for labor. If he is good, that is a very fair price. There are a lot of little nuances associated with doing a good job.
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I had hood stripes installed for $75. The guy did a great job. He has a shop that does window tinting and is a real perfectionist.

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So I found a local guy willing to install my lemans stripes, he quoted me at $120, which I thought was pretty fair. My stripes came in yesterday, nice 7 year, 3M stripes, CAD cut, these look great on the paper. I email the guy and tell him that they came in and I would like to setup a time to have them installed. He replies back late last night that he expects it now to be a 6-7 hour job and the price has now doubled!! Im like WTH!

How much are you guys paying to have your stripes installed? I need to check around with a few local shops and see what they would charge me. I had the install money set aside, but now with my sons medical bills, etc.. Im going to have to wait an extra month to have them put on. Needless to say, im not the happy camper.
I remember asking Magnum Collison with front to back stripes (hood to rear trunk) and they were like 2000$, Leman stripes seem to go from the bumper, cut, then all the way to the rear + trunk and bumper + cut, that is a LOT of work, though SUPER simple. It's literally like "tinting" a car. Just requires time for it to set after you get the bubbles out. Seems identical to the work I wanted done on my Challenger but 1.8-2.k for installing a DECAL? Yeah I'd rather have it painted. Reason I trashed the decals\stripes, clean look is also nice.

Labor is what you are paying for with decal, they lay it on, then drink a beer while making sure no bubbles are there. 2000$ equates to 20 hours of GOOD mechanic time in my mind (100$ per hour) def not worthy of it.
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I was quoted 575 with them ordering the stripes, i go in for stripes painted on through a different guy for 500 on Monday.
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It took me pretty well all day to install my own kit. He's not being unfair. It's not an easy job. It takes time to get them on right.
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