I'm looking at having the stripes painted on and re-spraying the clear coat over the entire car.
Estimate price is $2,100. I figure this is probably a little on the high side, but don't really know. The shop is reputable and gives a lifetime warranty on the paint job. They claim to use top quality paint, not the cheap stuff that will look bad after a few years. Bumpers, etc... will be removed and painted separately then reinstalled after drying.
I'm ready to do this because my car is black and was covered in swirlies from the dealership's "detail" people before I ever bought it (it was outside on the lot for months). I've been going insane trying to minimize the swirlies, and I've about had enough of it. At this point it's either re-spray it or trade it on a 2010 in any color except black. If I'm going to re-spray the clear coat, I might as well get the stripes painted on.
My car is black with alloy stripes, but I'm considering having red stripes painted on instead of alloy. I just like the look. If I have the stripes painted red I'll probably have the red cobras and SHELBY lettering installed as well. What do you think, would this be a bad thing to do? If so, why
Any thoughts, advice or opinions are welcome. Thanks!
First of all, $2100 is about $1000 too cheap. No, I'm not kidding.
Second, to do the stripes, they'll have to rough the clear anyway and reshoot parts of it. Any custom shop will be able to get everything to match up without re-clearing the car. There's actually a good amount of clear on them from the factory. The "detail" goobers would have had to go DEEP into it to really screwed it up.
Finally, the biggest problem with having anything painted on a solid (non-metallic) car is matching the orange peel. It's not a flaw in painting. It's there for a reason. It gives flat, solid colors a source of light refraction. Take a black or a torch red car and flat-sand it. It'll take all the orange peel off but it'll look like crap. The color will just "lie there". It's a common practice on show cars but people spend every minute of their days polishing and waxing them.
After they shoot your stripes on they'll need to make sure that IF they re-apply clear that it's uniform with the rest of the car.
The good thing about it being the top of the car is that there is the natural break from top to side. You MAY want to consider using the factory tape stripes on the lowers if it's a daily driver. Cheaper to replace pieces due to rock chips, etc than to have them re-painted.
Try this. Go to a paint supply store or perhaps a body shop and get a sample of 3M Hand Glaze. Since you're going to have them painted on anyway, find an area on your hood (like near the cowl) where you can see the swirls. Use an applicator BY HAND in back and forth motions. Do not let it dry. Use a soft (microfiber is good) cloth to keep rubbing it til it's gone.
See if it helps the swirls. Your cuts may be too deep for the hand glaze, but it's doubtful that they're too deep to have them removed with compound and then a glaze.
Enjoy your ride and happy holidays.