Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Orchard Park, NY USA
Opps! I stated something that wasn't correct, the stripe is not centered on the valance. It's about 7/8" back from the front edge, and the entire width is 4.2" total (sorry). The factory used paint for the bumble bee (laquer) and used a stencil to shoot it. If you want to spend the bucks on a stencil, go for it. I had to stop the bleeding somewhere, so I decided to freehand it with 3M striping 1/8" tape. The paint will still leave a hard edge and that ridge in the valance and on the fender tops is prone to some lift up and you'll get a fuzzy stripe in those areas. That's when the base/clear/stripe/clear works great. You can knock down the edges with 1500 grit and clean up the fuzzy edges without hurting the base coat. I actually painted my car apart and had to pre assemble the fenders & valance on saw horses to mask my stripe. Then I broke it apart again and shot everything. This way the stripes and paint got right in to the fender/valance seams perfectly. After the final clear, sand & buff (more like sand,sand,sand, & buff,buff,buff) you got a damn good lookin' stripe. One more thing on the stripe, GM did not use "spray bomb" white-white. See your paint dealer for the right code of white and have them mix it. My color was Artic White (I think?, I'll get the Dupont formula if anyone wants to know) It's one of those little details that looks right.
[This message has been edited by John Doyle (edited 02-08-2001).]