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Old 07-26-2008, 01:32 PM   #1
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Add yellow, orange stripes to a black Focus?

I'm a safety buff, so as I shop for an automatic 2004 Focus hatchback (2.3L), I've been looking only at yellow or white. But there seem to be many more automatic 2.3L ZX3s in black than in white or yellow.

What do you think of getting a beautiful black Focus and adding yellow and orange stripes?

I actually did this in the 1980s, adding a 3.5-inch band of solar yellow and a 3.5-inch band of Day-Glo orange 3M tape to my silver Plymouth Champ. Drivers stuck behind me would switch lanes just to avoid having to look at the dazzling colors. Kids would grin and point.

The main drawback was that the colors faded over time. Oh, and that after I flipped off a tailgating punk, I couldn't hide.

I may go this route again. What would be the best way? Tape? Paint? This time, I want the colors to remain rich, so I'm prepared to forgo fluorescent.

How wide can the stripes be without looking gaudy?

If I hire a shop to do the striping, what kind of shop do I want--detailing? How should I describe what I want?


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Old 07-26-2008, 02:01 PM   #2
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I would go with orange over yellow. I also wonder how a stripe like the Mustang warrior in pink car would look. It's a wide stripe with a thin stripe on both sides.
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Old 07-26-2008, 03:57 PM   #3
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I understand what you're trying to do with making your car more visible, but personally I don't think it makes much difference. I drive a Competition Orange SVT and people still will pull out in front of me or cut me off. I thought the color would make the car more visible to idiots out there, but I was wrong. If you try to make something idiot-proof, they'll just build a better idiot.
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Like this...

Now this is my kind of Focus owner! From a French Focus owners' forum:

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Old 07-26-2008, 03:59 PM   #5
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please no brite stripes...

black is a luxury color... it is a privilage to have luxury, please dont abuse your privilages. thats whats wrong with this world today..
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I'd be leaning more towards the "orange" get that porsche gt3 rs look:

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I drive a Competition Orange SVT and people still will pull out in front of me or cut me off. I thought the color would make the car more visible to idiots out there, but I was wrong. If you try to make something idiot-proof, they'll just build a better idiot.
Glad someone else is having issues with people acting like they don't see a car. I can't tell you how many times I've had people looks straight at my yellow car then pull out in front of me. Doesn't seem to make a bit of difference if I have the lights on during the day either.

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It is your car don't let anybody tell you you can't do something. I would stick to tape on the back of the car. That way it would be easier to take off in case the car is around long enough to sell it.
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That porsche is sick. But... i would go with a metallic red, i know it wasnt one of your options, but IMO orange would be too "halloweenie" and yellow just didnt look good IMO. I think you would be better off buyin a silver SVT or zx3. That way its bright, its a great looking color, and well, its a focus, so your 3 for 3. I have a black one, so i like to use the horn as a warning
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