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Racing stripes - where to get?

I really like the look of an Elise with racing stripes. White with one offset red stripe. Blue with two white stripes down the middle. Grey with an offset black stripe. You name it.

Question, where do I find someone to do it? There are some vinyl decal shops around here and my friend says that's the usual route but I want to hear from the experts.

Does the dealer do them and would they charge too much?

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My dealer wanted $700 so I bought the vynil from ChuforiaGraffix.com and did them myself.
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ChuforiaGraffix.com sells very high quality vinyl stripes as well as hundreds of other custom graphics.

A word of caution: the curves and contours of the Elise/Exige require a great deal of skill to get a professional results. (Skills I thought I had but ultimately learned I did NOT).

If I were to do it all over, I'd buy the kit from Chuforia and have them professionally applied locally.
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2nd everything Manofsteel said...

Keith at chuforia is very helpful, sent me two extra orders as I was "learning" that I should never try to apply stripes again. After probably a good 15 or so hours I got it completed.
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2nd everything Manofsteel said...

Keith at chuforia is very helpful, sent me two extra orders as I was "learning" that I should never try to apply stripes again. After probably a good 15 or so hours I got it completed.
Your stripes look great - I don't have your patience. Did you need to use heat to get the material to flow around the curves yet keep the edges straight? Keith was very encouraging, but I set the project aside indefinitely.

I do almost all of my own maintenance but I'll leave stripes to the pros. I was quoted $500-$600 by a body shop to apply them.

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I was quoted $500-$600 by a body shop to apply them.
Find another body shop. A good place charges only $3-400 to apply a pre-cut clearbra. Stripes should never cost more than that... and take much less time for a pro to install.

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Chuforia gave me some great ideas for color combos... awesome site! Thanks!

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Keith is awesome and very helpful. Don't hesitate to shoot him an e-mail if you have questions too, his e-mail should be listed in his website.

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Your stripes look great - I don't have your patience. Did you need to use heat to get the material to flow around the curves yet keep the edges straight? Keith was very encouraging, but I set the project aside indefinitely.

I do almost all of my own maintenance but I'll leave stripes to the pros. I was quoted $500-$600 by a body shop to apply them.
Thanks, I used the water/soap method to put the stripes on and align, then used a blow dryer to dry them on. (Tried heat gun but that glued them a little too quick for me.)

The only area where I didnt use that method was on the engine cover on the back, for that I just put them on dry, due to the multiple curves and angles.... That was the most difficult, that 2' area alone took about 2 1/2 hours each!
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I just had a new valve cover put on my Exige, but haven't been able to source the same vinyl decals as it had when I bought it. Can anyone recommend a place from where I can purchase these?

The bottom ones (Foreground) say "Lotus" and "SPORT", whereas the top (background) says "SUPERCHARGED."

Here are the decals I'm after. (How it looked two days ago.)




Here's what the car looks like as of today. (I apologize for the crappy cell phone pics.)






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I bought it from Keith also and DIYed it. A lot of work and it wasn't easy. I think the engine cover was the hardest. I re-did it at the bodyshop by a professional a year ago. Now it looks...professional.
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be aware the ones offered by some places aren't air-release vinyl, which will make your job a living hell (ask GStefan). Whatever you buy, make sure it has air release/egress features in the vinyl, and the job will be extremely easy by comparison.
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Had a friend locally cut and help me apply a design I had drawn up for my car. He has his own vinyl cutter and does quite a bit of custom vinyl work. Took us about 7 hours total to cut and apply the stripes. And as it's been said - the compound curves of the car make application a REAL bear. The worst two sections for us were the rear indents on the deck lid and the rear panel between the lights. Having the numbers cut out of the stripe made the rear panel especially tricky:





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Man... I got tired just from watching that video. Car looks awesome! Why 310? That's a Los Angeles area code.

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Looks like ChuforiaGraffix.com is no longer. Anyone have any recommendations for vinyl stripes? Want to add yellow stripes to an incoming green elise. Found what I was looking for in the link below, but not sure if anyone has experience with this vendor and/or how particular I should be with selection. Also: anyone have an idea of what is an acceptable install cost?
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http://www.gearhead.graphics/store/p64/Elise_dual_stripes_with_matching_accent_stripe.htm l
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I think Keith is still around. The email I used for him a while back was [email protected] Maybe its still good.

Otherwise, he is on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chuforia/

Or try to contact him via his ebay store: Kchulick . Here's one of his ebay lisitings: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-Raptor...-/331605803873
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I think Keith is still around. The email I used for him a while back was [email protected] Maybe its still good.

Otherwise, he is on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chuforia/

Or try to contact him via his ebay store: Kchulick . Here's one of his ebay lisitings: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-Raptor...-/331605803873

That worked! Evidently his website got hacked a while back, but he is still active on Facebook and eBay. Thanks!
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