How do I install racing stripes?
RALLY STRIPE INSTALLATION - To install our stripe kits first take a pair of scissors and cut the stripes into the lengths you will need for the hood, roof and trunk of your car. I cut each piece a little longer than I need and then either fold it under or trim it once the stripe is installed. If your kit contains precut pieces you will not need to cut these.
Remove any emblems that may get in the way of the stripe. (replace them after the stripes are applied)
Clean the application area with rubbing alcohol.
After the car is clean, mix in a spray bottle 20 ounces of water, 1/4 teaspoon of unscented clear liquid JOYand 1/2 teaspoon of Isopropyl Alcohol. (if you do cannot get clear liquid joy any dishwashing liquid will work)
I normally find the center of the car and then take a roll of masking tape and run it from the front to the back of the car. If I want the stripes to be an inch apart I use one inch wide tape. If I want them two inches apart I use two inch tape and so on.
Once I have marked where the stripes will go I spray the car with soapy water and then I peel off the backing and spray the adhesive side of the first stripe with the soapy water as well.
(TIP - lay the stripe down shiny side down and peel the paper backing off of the stripe, not the stripe off of the paper backing. Then spray the sticky side which will be facing up with soapy water and then handle the stripe. This will lessen the chance of you stretching the vinyl as you peel it off the backing.)
Position the stripe where you want it and slide it into place. For longer sections is it nice to have a second person help out. On precut pieces I normally slide them into proper position and squeegee from the center forward and back so that I do not repostion the decal. As long as the stripe and the car are wet with the soapy water you can work with the stripe. Keep the stripes you are not working with DRY.
Once the stripe is where you want it you simply squeegee it on. Spray a little soapy water on the stripe to allow the squeegee to glide over the stripe without scratching it. (wrapping the squeegee in a soft cloth will also protect the stripe from scratches) Repeat this process on all stripes and then trim any excess vinyl away with an exacto knife or razor blade.