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The downside to black stripes....

Old 12-16-2007, 10:11 PM
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anything black is hard to keep clean, learned that from my first car. why i didn't go black for the stang!
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Old 12-16-2007, 10:11 PM
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I just pulled off a set of Black stripes off of my girlfriends Mustang. She only had them for about 6 months before they started looking like crap.

PS: Try having a Black car and living on a dirt road.
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Old 12-16-2007, 11:14 PM
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ORIGINAL: Sarge_13

Where in San Antonio are you? Your car looks familiar.
Well I work in the Thousand Oaks/281 area and live up toward Canyon Springs... I usually stick to those areas.
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Old 12-17-2007, 12:19 AM
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I traded in a black '05 GT for my Tungsten '06 GT(best decision I ever made for maintaining my sanity-lol). Black is beautiful, but a requires sooooooooooo much care. I use detailer's mist on the stripes(after using a Cal Duster) as well as on the entire car(I live in soot and smog capital, know as Los Angeles). Other than the first batch of silver stripes developing stains(I'm convinced it was a 3M issue, not environmental, as some stripevendors have suggested), after replacing faulty stripes, they've looked great and while I am considering painted stripes next time, I like the vinyl for what they cost. My girlfriend thinks the S197 style of Mustang looks incomplete without the stripes(yes, I had the stripes before I started dating her) and I must say, the stripes do add a dimension of aggression IMO. I wasn't sure at first about putting on stripes, but once I took the plunge, I can't see never having them
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Old 12-17-2007, 12:57 AM
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I agree...

I use a California Duster between applications of "ICE" to polish the black stripes...

Due to your location, you will always have to do something to keep the stripes clean so you'll just have to live with that fact...

Look on the bright side -- At least you don't have snow and salt to worry about as we do living in the midwest...

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Old 12-17-2007, 01:30 AM
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I'm afraid that's a common complaint with black stripes. California Duster on a daily basis and then a good car cover is the best solution.

Oh and maybe someone will see the light and put on some stripes in Screaming Yellow!
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Old 12-17-2007, 05:50 AM
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how's the maintenance on the tungsten or alloy metallic stripes from the factory gt500?
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:38 AM
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+1 California Duster. That and some quick detail spray and a microfiber towel. (nothing frustrates me more than the pollen in the spring!)
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:30 AM
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My last car was black. I loved it but once any dirt got on it you could see it from a mile away. Or at least I could see it. I wanted to get a black Mustang but I thought of all of the times I had to wash the last car because I felt that it was not as clean as I wanted it. I opted for Vista Blue. It shows dirt..but def not as much as black.
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:13 PM
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I've used NXT and Meguiers quick detailer, not real pleased on the black stripes. Then from reading so many posts about Turtle Wax Ice I decided to give that a shot. Huge difference in the appearance of the stripes. Honestly haven't stood back and looked enough to say it made a difference on the car, but it was instantly noticeable on the stripes.
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