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Old 06-20-2010, 09:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am painting a 1966 Convertible GT. I planned to paint the gt stripe under the door. One of my friends says the original was a decal. I thought the decals were more of a replacement item.

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Old 06-20-2010, 09:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No.

OEM was a decal.
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Yes, +1... Original was a Decal.

NPD, Autokrafters or Phoenix Graphics carry the rocker panel stripes.
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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+1 yes the factory stripe was a decal. although you can paint it on if authenticity isn't important. It looks impressive when they are painted on. although it is super hard to do. You would need a paint mask that is a negative image of the actual stripe. Phoenix graphics may be able to make you one. a gt-500 clone that we have in our shop had his painted on. it is clean looking, but if you are looking for authenticity then decal is the way to go.
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i have several 65-66 gt starting back in the 70's and all were tape(decal) , i always called the mustang and shelby side stripes tape. i think the decal will look better due to the neat clean edges.
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Decal. A very good reason to go that way is SOOoo many of these Mustangs start rusting or blistering right under that stripe in the door, rear quarter, and fender. If your car later has an blistering issue, the stripe can be removed, the area fixed and repainted, then a new stripe replaced often without repainting the entire door or quarter.
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So, were 65 GT-350's side stripes also decals?
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Phoenixgraphix.com is THE place for stripes. Let's say your car has red stripes but you'd like a slight variation. Had that experience with them and they sent me four or five samples to choose from. Called the person up and gave him my pick and the brown truck was at my house within a week They came in a large tube. The stripes were on a large piece of 3-M material. I had ordered C-stripes for my 68. Mention all this as the other "graphic place" wouldn't give me the shade I wanted and was told that color was reserved for Shelbys!
Tried to explain I was matching my top and didn't have to be a Shelby color. She rudely told me they wouldn't do it!! Take their "incorrect color "and that was that!

Only painted stripes once. Had a 67 GTA and had trouble with them. Gave
up and sprayed them. The masking was a real drag, not for the stripe itself, getting all the wrap arounds into the jambs without over spray-car was red!

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So, were 65 GT-350's side stripes also decals?
The '66 was a complete vinyl decal, but the '65 was painted on. The "GT-350" inside the stripe was a vinyl decal.

+4(?) on the GT stripe being a vinyl decal. One quick check for placement is look at the inside surface of the door skin at the front (near the hinges). Even after being repainted some portion of the original stripe is commonly left in this area due to the difficulty in getting at it for removal prior to painting.
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Thanks Ponyman.
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The '66 was a complete vinyl decal, but the '65 was painted on. The "GT-350" inside the stripe was a vinyl decal.

+4(?) on the GT stripe being a vinyl decal. One quick check for placement is look at the inside surface of the door skin at the front (near the hinges). Even after being repainted some portion of the original stripe is commonly left in this area due to the difficulty in getting at it for removal prior to painting.
yes they were painted on in 65. but then proved to be too costly both in money and in time. so they slapped on the "tape" or decals. also some 66 shelbys came without the lemans stripes, we restored an original untouched 66 a few years back. we put the lemans stripes on the car upon request. It was also considered a dealer option. but all (to my knowledge) came with the rocker "gt-35" tape.
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:06 AM   #12 (permalink)
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For my '67 GT I chose to put the decal back on. My thinking was the tape much more forgiving to the dust & dirt kicked up when driving then paint woud be. Wanted the orig raised look.
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So, were 65 GT-350's side stripes also decals?
No! The 65 GT350 had a decal for the "GT350", but the stripe was painted. It was such a PITA they switched to tape for 66-70.
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Old 10-08-2010, 02:46 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Hi,

Use One Shot Lead Based Enamel.
THAT will stick.
Everything else is going ot peel off unless if you paint with spray enamel.

Has to be enamel because the sticker has no "tooth" and other paint will eventually come off...IF it sticks at all in the first place.

I'm curious, what is it about the car decal you like if you're about to obscure the very design on that logo/decal?
Must be the shape hey?
It just seems a bit odd to want to paint over it...unless you're talking about MODIFYING the design ON the label itself...still--use One Shot Lead Based Enamel--beware: it is toxic as hell so open a window.

It dries shiny and the colors are bright..google search it online..you can get this looking in art store, buy online or look for sign-painting paint...that is great outdoor all purpose sign paint. Sticks to pretty much anything.
Clean with solvent.
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Old 10-30-2010, 02:19 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Hi,
I'm looking for a paint, but can't remember the name. All i know is it starts with an S.. i'm not looking for a color, it is a type of paint.
can anyone help? I am going to use it to paint on paper, but i'm not sure if that is what the paint is used for, but i know someone who has used it on paper and it looked beautiful (i would ask him but i cant)

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