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I have seen the effect in a couple of instances and thought it was very cool and somewhat subtle. Here are a couple pics of my matte black stripes on my Esprit. It was a real pain to get them to follow the lines of the car and still look straight from front to back. It is really hard to capture the effect on camera. It looks much better in person. Let me know what you think....

Also, I did change the color of the wheels a touch--trying for a subtle gold. It just looks like I have a bit of filter on the camera in these photos.

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Here are a few more photos. I actually did the bumper a second time since these were taken as the stripe was not quite straight.

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Rod

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When I read the title I thought it would look kind of cheesy but actually I kind of like it. I think I'd like it more if it was centered on the car instead of offset....Creative design though. :D


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It thought the same, figured it might look like paint fade from removing

old stripes, but i really like it too. Probably could only pull it off on black

too.

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I thought I might have to Mod posts like "Are you insane?" (maybe even from myself) but I must admit, it looks very nice.


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Similar idea to another British icon:

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(and that's a good thing, by the way!)

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Rod,

Looks really special! I like it, too. :D


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Yep, I like it too.

Make sure you use wax not polish on the car as any white powdery residue would detract from the effect.

Would be easy to achieve on red cars, just use any colour stripe for a couple of months, then peel it off, shiny bit where the stripe was, dull fadsing paint everywhere else.

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I know someone else on here was/is planning on doing the same thing, either he'll be gutted you did it first and spoiled his fun or he'll be glad you've prooved it looks good :D


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Hi,

I've been thinking about doing a similar thing with my GT3. I like the car without the GT3 stripes, but I also like the original GT3 graphics on the car, so can't decide what to do. So I thought about getting some matt clear vinyl to make some GT3 graphics for the car, so it would have the original graphics, but not so noticable as the full on gun metal original dark versions. I've seen some fablon that would do the job, matt, but striped, so I'm going to try it.

Like the stripe by the way, it's like magazines that just have some parts glossed on a matt cover.

Owen.

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Matte clear would be a great way to get the same effect on another color. Might be even cooler than on black even.

Loved the Land Rover picture. It was made even better by the branch scratches that should be required by law on any proper Defender.


Rod

98 Esprit V8

Dynamic Racing Turbos

Water Injection

Factory Red ECU

3 bar MAP piggyback

Straight-through exhaust

TurboXS BOVs

Blitz I-color boost control + Wide-band AFR

Porsche/Getrag G50/52 Transmission (...coming soon someday)

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As an avid hatter of stripes, decals, stickers, and all other aesthetic add ons, even 2 tone,,,,,,,,,,,,, I have to say on this occasion "I like it"!!!!!!!!! :)


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Loved the Land Rover picture. It was made even better by the branch scratches that should be required by law on any proper Defender.

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(Very tastefully done stripework, Rod. A superior effort! :) )


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I like it. Very Classy :)


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John, love it.

My Espit must have been done by them, or else it's when I go to work, leaving the village by small country lanes having to clip too many branches from the hedgerows to avoid the oncoming vehicles (generally mothers doing the school run).

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I like the look....kind of like ghost stripes....

But sorry to report that they got the Lotus logo wrong. The small "c" is cut short....something you only see in Taiwan and Chinese factory "unauthorized" products. Obviously they looked to somewhere like Ebay for an image of the Lotus logo. If you are not 100% happy, that alone is reason for them to re-do the hood stripe.

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Well excu...u...u...u.... u...u...u...u..use me! Picky, picky, picky, Paul. :cry: I know that I and all the others immediately siezed upon that defect, but we were just too polite to point it out. :popo:

And while we're at it, did anyone else notice that the emblem wasn't the traditional yellow colour? Just kidding, Rod.


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This does look ace and I've been toying with the idea for the past couple of months while my car was away being painted. I changed the gold of my wheels last year to a match of the stripe I had then and now they look rubbish without the stripe so somethings got to be done. I was thinking, semi-gloss stripe and semi-gloss wheels in black too...


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Tough call, Your Immenseness. What about a semi-gloss, or flat/matte, [black] stripe with it being outlined in gold pinstripe to give it a bit of the JPS look? I don't find your current gold wheels to be that much of an issue with the black body colour. And with a hint of gold on the main stripe, it might all come together.

(Or you could just put a day-glow chrome orange wing on the back and no one would ever notice the wheels in the first place :thumbsup: )


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I like the way it look a lot. Love the strips...

BTW...may I suggest a rear exhaust valence AKA cheese grader for your center exit exhaust?

Also, how do you get the final edition seats?

Alan

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Bibs, your car would look awesome on satin wheels with satin graphics to match!!

I'm lovin the black on black!!

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