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Old 09-15-2009, 04:36 PM
Buddythetruck Buddythetruck is offline
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I ussaly wouldn't post with only one weekends work, but I am a bit too excited to hold this back.
I got all my decals in, and a replacement tailight and went to work this weekend.
I really like the look of this. I only have a bit more I want to do to the exterior (for now). I want to paint all the chrome (bumpers, and hubcaps) to match the body. And also paint the plastic pieces and the valences on the bumpers black.











For those of you who will say something about the tailghts: The color still comes through in it's original color, and it is easily visible at 1000 feet back (this is the law in kansas).
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Old 09-15-2009, 04:43 PM
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Looks great, nice work!
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Old 09-15-2009, 04:43 PM
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where did u get the stripes at?

I like the ranger on the side
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Old 09-15-2009, 05:01 PM
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Rocker stripes were found here: ROCKER PANEL STRIPES Side Racing Decal for FORD MUSTANG:eBay Motors (item 350250908363 end time Sep-16-09 20:20:03 PDT)

Unfortunatly, because of the angle of the rocker panel, the panel ussualy reflects the ground and they don't show up too well. Where as, on a mustang the rocker panels are fairly vertical.

And the racing stripes are from jcwhitney. 20 bucks for 20 ft.
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Old 09-15-2009, 05:36 PM
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How do you apply the stripes?
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Old 09-15-2009, 05:48 PM
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Dansdecals.com/application

That pretty much sums it up for both the rocker and the racing stripes. At first I had doubts about application without wetting solution, but it worked fine. I used up about 5 feet of stripe getting the hang of it though.

At first, the stripes look awfully bad because there are lots and lots of bubbles. Many of the bubbles will work there way out in a few days, and the others can be popped with a small needle and the air can be pushed out. Then after the vinyl sits in the sun for a while, you can't notice the pinhole at all.

Also, the rocker stripes were much easier to apply than the racing stripes because of the width difference.
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:18 PM
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Very nice man! Looks like it was a PITA to do the stripes on the grille. Goin to do the tonneau or leave it?
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:31 PM
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Well, I did the grill last, so I had some experiance by then. It is very frustrating when you start. I'm sure you can imagine why I have part of a stripe ripped up into little pieces.

My mom's hair dryer (once again I'm 16), worked nicely to form the vinyl around the tailgate latch and the grill.

As for the tonneau, I decided not to stripe it. The reason being: I park this beast outside, and morning dew gets all over the tonneau and it never looks to great anyways. Also, I thought that 6ft of stripe without any breaks or twists or something would be a little bland.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:45 PM
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When you did the grille did you remove the insert and wrap it around the back a little or did you just put it up against the insert? Either way it looks good.
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:12 PM
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looking good
but i was sondering if those blackened tail lights are illegal cause i cant see them being very effective...
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:16 PM
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looks good to me.
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:23 PM
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Hmmm, your truck looks purty good, but with that estranged hood gap someone should fiber some FFF's for smooth rangers. . . Any fiber guys?
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:48 PM
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Not too shabby, you should drop it a bit, close up that fender gap.
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:59 AM
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Cool - I don't often like stripes, but yours look really good.
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:25 AM
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The grille must have been a real pita. It turned out great. Excellent job.
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