Bill Hulan was intrigued by the idea of stipes on his car. He did some legwork to put together a do-it-yourself kit (as opposed to buying the Mazda Stripe accessory kit.)
If anyone knows how to get hold of Bill, please let us know. Ed.
First off I'm not trying to spam the group and I was hesitant to post but I've been encouraged by several of you to do so. Now that that's done, I would like to tell you all about what I am offering. I have striping kits for sale to the group. My first sale (which I stumbled into my accident) was to firstname.lastname@example.org, you've seen him here. What he purchased was an enough 8" striping to run a double row the entire length of his car (where's that pic Nathan?). The cost of an 8" kit is $80 and is proportional to size. The kit includes everything needed to install the stripes except for masking tape which will be needed to space the stripes. Installation should take no more than a couple of hours. The kit also includes some pieces to practice with after reading the directions. The vinyl I provide is the best in the business, 3M's controltac plus. This vinyl is guaranteed in commercial (truck graphics) applications to be removable for 7 years. The procedure for removal is to take a heat gun(hair dryer) and heat up the vinyl. At which point is will come up. It is a slow process but it will come off, not like 90% of the vinyl you come across at small sign shops. Well to be fair, cheap vinyl will come off but most of the adhesive stays on your paint and you end up with the image of the stripe you had in the form of road grim that sticks like grim death. And on top of that they will charge the same price or more for the same size. The big suppliers on the net are charging over twice the amount. Mazda charges around $230 for the flared kit. If there is sufficient interest in this style I could probably provide them but it would have to be several inquiries and I don't know what the cost would be. Speaking of cost, I have not decided how to arrange payment. Are any of you first virtual members? If enough of you are I can update my account to accept credits. If your wondering how I can provide this service to the group, its because I work for one of the top 100 screen printers in the U.S. (that's out of 20,000). I can get the maximum discount on vinyl. I'm not doing this for free, I want to upgrade my '90, but I am not going to take you guys (and Leigh------Dyer) to the cleaners. Well, after that lenghty rambling, is anyone interested? Please e-mail me at <email address unknown> Thanks for your interest, Bill-the-vinyl-guy-Hulan
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19 January, 1999