Masking of Stripes on Mustang

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  • September 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm #32722

    I am repainting an older Mustang and the customer wants custom striping that will basically cover the hood, roof and trunk panels. The striping will consist of a two inch stripe in the middle of the car with two 9 inch stripes on each side. I am having trouble masking off the stripes especially on the roof. I look for landmarks such as center lines on the hood and measure from there but long areas such as the roof have no really distinguishable landmarks and its hard to keep the tape straight for such a large area. Are there any tips, tricks, techniques that may be of help. Hopefully someone with a lot more experience than I has an more efficient way of doing this.

    September 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm #32736

    I am by no means a stripe expert but if it was me

    I would start with the center line, you say it is a two inch stripe

    I would take some measurements find the center of the the hood right at the front end.

    center of the winshield top and bottom mark the windshield with a marker pen same on the back window and deck lid

    I would then use a line of two inch tape, centre of the tape on your measured marks, run it from the center of the hood right over the car to the center of the decklid, over the glass just one line, you will need an assistant.

    You should the have the area you want to paint covered by two inch tape.

    Then i would use fineline tape up each side of the two inch tape, then remove the two inch tape and you should hopefully have your centre line.

    You can then work on the other outer stripes measure measure.

    As i say i am no expert in this, but that is the way i would try.

    I am probably gonna get shot down in flames here lol

    September 4, 2011 at 8:17 am #32742

    :agree Thats prolly where I would start also

    September 4, 2011 at 7:17 pm #32747

    Nick is correct that working off a center line is the way to begin your layout.

    I’d like to add that on the Shelby Mustang stripes, the dimensions vary as they go over the car, just running 2 equal sized stripes end to end over the car will look like balls.


    September 6, 2011 at 6:11 am #32751

    bloverby is right. i just did a candy red job on a 66 with silver stripes and they had to be correct to the specs listed. you need to get that centerline down. take measurements to find center then get your 2″ tape down. from that point the rest is easy.

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