PINSTRIPING: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I'M LOOKING FOR A SPECIAL COLOR OR COMBINATION... CAN YOU DO IT?
Pinstriping tape is only available in certain colors, certain widths and certain styles. Our pinstriping tape is not cut from a roll... it is manufactured by Universal Products, 3M, Prostripe, Scotchcal. Custom stripes can be made but they start at $250. If you are unsure of what would match your needs, feel free to look through our selection by color, or by style.
WHAT LENGTH DO YOUR ROLLS COME IN?
Most rolls are 40 feet or 50 feet but certain colors/sizes are only available in a 150' roll.
I ONLY NEED A FEW FEET OF PINSTRIPE TAPE...CAN I PURCHASE LESS THAN A FULL ROLL?
No. Depending on the color and the style, the minimum roll is either 50 feet or 150 feet. Because of the way our auto pinstriping rolls are manufactured, we CANNOT sell you less than a roll.
CAN YOU MATCH THE STRIPING ON MY (SPECIFIC VEHICLE)?
The answer is yes... but it is very costly. A custom roll of striping starts around $250. If the pinstriping tape came on your car, boat, or motor home, it was likely made for the manufacturer during that year, and is no longer available. Colors and styles change EVERY year and many colors and styles are always being discontinued. Therefore, we recommend you search our colors or styles of pinstriping tape to see if you are able to find something that you like.
ONE OF THE 3M PINSTRIPING ROLLS I AM INTERESTED IN SHOWS A MEASUREMENT FOR A "VOID" - WHAT IS THAT?
A "void" is a place between two pinstripes where there is nothing. It is not a clear tape… it is literally nothing. The color of your vehicle will show through.
CAN YOU SEND ME A COLOR SAMPLE?
We know it is often difficult to determine a color over the computer and we would love to be able to send samples to everyone. However, the manufacturer does not offer samples. If you are having difficulty trying to match something and would like a sample of one or two colors, simply EMAIL US the following information: Your name, address, email address, color requests. If we have the sample, we will send it out to you. Otherwise, we will email you back if we cannot.
WILL THE COLOR FADE IN THE SUN?
Most of our striping is marine grade, 3M, Scotchcal vinyl which means it is made to withstand the harshest of elements without fading. Stripes have a minimum warranty of 5 years...most have a 7-10 year warranty!
ARE THE PINSTRIPES FOR CARS DIFFERENT THAN THOSE MADE FOR BOATS?
In some instances they can be because striping can be made from calendared vinyl or premium vinyl. All of the pinstriping we sell is made from 3M premium vinyl which is marine-grade quality. Depending on the color, our stripes have a lifespan of 5-9 years without fading.
DO YOU OFFER THE SMALL DECALS FOR THE FRONT AND BACK OF THE PINSTRIPING?
Unfortunately we do not offer pinstriping decals for the ends of the vinyl. Those were popular many years ago when pinstriping was done by hand. You don't see too many cars or trucks with those these days.
All Pinstripe Tapes Are NOT Created Equal.
Why spend more on our pinstriping?
Good question. Our vinyl striping tape is professionally made to size. That means if you order a ½” stripe, it’s manufactured to be a ½” stripe. It’s boxed, sealed, dated and stamped with an expiration date.
What the competition does…
In contrast, our competition wants to sell you something cheaper. Instead, they buy a 24” vinyl roll and then use a manual cutter to cut your ½” pinstripe down from that roll. Most times, the result is not a clean cut.
Manually cutting cause rough edges. But don’t just take our word for it. Look at our competitors product photos. You can see the damaged edges, the hair-like thin frays of vinyl hanging off from the roll. They don’t even try to hide the poor quality of their stripes. Now ask yourself. How well do you really think those edges will adhere to your car, or your truck, or to your boat? Think of a Band-Aid that has been lifted up. Does it ever adhere to your skin the same? No. Absolutely not.
The sad truth.
Think about this. How many people do you think order yellow pinstriping? The cost common stripe is ½”. That means if they have a 24” roll of yellow vinyl, they can make 48 ½” rolls of pinstriping tape. They may tell you they are using 2 mil Premium vinyl that will last 7 years, but how long has it been sitting on their shelf? Each year that roll sits on their shelf, counts AGAINST the vinyl’s lifespan.
Don’t be fooled.
When you want quality striping tapes, look no further than Custom Vinyl Graphics. Unlike our competitors, our pinstripe tape is professional grade. You can’t buy anything better than what we offer. And for those of you who might want something other than just a solid single pinstripe… We offer two-color pinstriping, multi-stripe combinations as well as barbed wire, Chevy bowtie and much more!