How to Paint Racing Stripes on a Car


Racing stripes are perhaps the most popular customization that auto paint shops offer. Racing stripes can be thin or thick, they can come in pairs or trios or they can run along the side of your car or run down the middle of your hood. No matter what type of racing stripe you want for your car, the process is the same.

Things You'll Need

  • Painter's tape
  • Lacquer thinner
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Spray gun
  • Degreaser
  • Clear coat

Paint Racing Stripes on a Car

  • Wash your car. Make sure all of the dirt and dust is removed from the shell of your car. Then lay out your racing stripes using painter’s tape. If you are painting multiple lines, then use a ruler or tape measure to ensure that your lines are evenly spaced.

  • Prep the areas where your racing stripes are going to be painted by cleaning the stripes with a degreaser. Then apply a thin layer of primer to the spaces between your taped stripe outlines. Allow the primer to dry thoroughly.

  • Fill your spray gun with the racing stripe paint color you want. If you are working with more than one colored stripe, then you will want to cover all areas that you don’t want the current color to hit. Then spray the stripe. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly, which will take anywhere from a few hours to a day. Then cover the stripe you just painted and uncover the next stripe to be painted. Repeat the process. Load your paint gun with the next color, expose the next stripe to be painted, prime it, let it dry, spray paint the stripe and let it dry.

  • Allow your stripes to dry overnight. Apply second coats as needed. Allow to dry again and then apply a clear top coat. This will protect your racing stripes from fading, peeling and chipping.

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