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Like Tommy Lee without Pamela Anderson, muscle cars without original style stripes are missing some of the flash. Our 1970 Dodge Charger was a stunning example of just that, a shapely Plum Crazy muscle car body without the cool badge of courage, that signature R/T rear deck stripe.

To the rescue were the fine folks at Phoenix Graphics in Chandler, Arizona, who helped us locate the right stripe for our wild R/T, 440cid Charger. Included in the kit with the stripe was a plastic rubbing blade as well as complete instructions. A little research on our part was required to make certain that we had the stripe positioned in the right place. Having allowed the new paint to dry for some two weeks, we applied isopropyl alcohol in the area of the car, which would receive the stripe to ensure that it was completely clean and free of any foreign materials.

The final look of the car with the stripe in place was exactly what we were after. Follow along as we take you through the installation.


Step one was to remove the body parts that were in the way including the side marker lights. After marking off the proper placement of the stripe with a grease pencil, we positioned the stripe.



Key to making the stripe look terrific is working from the middle out to the sides.

The stripe flows down into the trunk drip rails a short way. If you miss this, body color will show through the gap.  Using a very sharp razor blade, a clean line was cut in the trunk channel making certain that when the trunk was closed, no stripe gap would be visible.

Rub out the stripe thoroughly working out any bubbles. The time spent here is critical to the final look.

Bubbles in the stripe can be worked with the plastic blade, placing the original stripe protective covering over the area. Heating bubbles with the hair dryer will also help to remove bubbles of this type.


The final look is factory original and very durable. 

 


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