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Mopar Muscle Magazine: How to Paint on Factory Style Stripes

The graphic packages on muscle-era Mopars ran the gamut from simple to…well, stupendous. When we consider the various ways graphics were put on ’71 Chargers, for instance, or ’71-’72 Road Runners, there were several options, some simple, and some complex. And anyone who has ever tried to put ’71-style billboards on a ’Cuda can tell you it might teach you a new cuss word or three. While great companies in the aftermarket offer excellent products, car owners in sunny climates find another issue endemic to stripes—sun fading and cracking.

Jeff Richey runs a body shop called Affordable Auto Paint in Ft. Pierce, Florida, and has been Mopar-focused as a hobby since working in the family Dodge franchise as a child. Jeff learned how to stripe in the old days, gave it up when it fell out of favor as a customizing trick, but has recently begun striping again. This was to meet the need of
being able to add a clear coat over the final paint. Now, if you are building a 1,000 point concours-judged ride, you will be using the factory stripe package for accuracy, but if you are building a street car and want a professional replica of the factory graphics, Jeff is going to show us some tricks.

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