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    Posted: 31-May-2011 at 5:26AM

1972 Gran Torino Sport-Optional Laser Stripe Installation

After Enrique and I realized we were out of our league on putting on the laser stripe on Saturday, we called in Steve (a professional) on Monday.  Here's a narrative and photos for the installation.   
 
I bought the optional red laser stripe from Perogie enterprises http://www.perogie.com/ for $299.00 (the cheapest price on the internet, but a high quality decal made by 3M).  Received item in 3 days as pictured.  Had the official Ford license seal on the outside.  On the inside, it had a squeegee, instructions dated 1975 (looks like a copy of an original from Ford), and 8 pieces (4 pieces for each side).  *Note:  Make sure to lay out the pieces so that the door pieces follow the changing of the colors down the stripe.  If you position it in the wrong direction, it'll be wrong.  They are interchangeable from side to side, but not directionally from front to rear. 
 

Steve laid out the pieces and then trimmed them to 1/4 inch from the decal.   

 
Steve dropped a line where the trimmed decal will butt up to when applying the decal.   
 

He cleaned the area below the dropped line with a microfiber cloth saturated with 50% rubbing alcohol and 50% denatured water to remove contaminants.  After peeling off the back of the decal exposing the the sticky surface, he sprayed it with a solution of flattened (no bubbles) Johnson’s baby shampoo/denatured water.

 Working quickly, follow the drop line with the trimmed paper of the decal edge and squeegee the shampoo/denatured water solution out to rid the decal of air bubbles.  (He used a Teflon tipped squeegee, not the one included in the kit). 
 Once the placement is good, shampoo/water solution squeegeed out, then pull off the outer covering at an almost 180 degree angle (pulling towards the front of the car working from the back).  Don’t pull up @ a 90 degree angle or you will potentially pull the sticker off/tear it). 

Repeat and your finished x 8 and your finished. 



Edited by picon3 - 31-May-2011 at 5:34AM
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Great instructions and super job. Car looks great.
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Thanks for the positive feedback.  Here's a nice before/after set of photos.  Paul~
 
 
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Excellent Paul, the stripe really sets it off! Looks fantastic! Clap 
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Whoa, Paul!!!!!  LOOKS AWESOME!!!!!  Now, if only I could find exact placement for the side body moulding,lol.
Damn, your car looks OUTSTANDING!!!!!

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Chris and Carlos,
 
Thanks for being with me the whole way.  Paul~
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nice work it looks great i am just going to paint mine on my ranchero
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Do you guys want this stickied? 
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I say YES. Although I am not doing lasers (I am doing the aluminum trim), I wish I had a guide like this!!!  Outstanding!!!
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Here are the laser stripe photos from three different angles.  Paul~

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With the cost of the decal I don't blame you for seeking a professional to install them.Even though you have great description and photos of how to install them it is easy to trap air bubbles when squegeeing the water solution out fron under the decals. Sometimes no matter how you try you can't help from trapping air and need to pop the decal with a pin to let the air out but work the air to the center of pinhole to get the decal to lay flat. I really donKt reccomend a beginner to install a $300 Stripe Kit and is worth paying a professional.As a body guy I had to learn early on to install decals cause back in the day we had the cars with the woodgrain decal down the center of the car and had to replaced after doing body repairs and paint.You get good when you have to install a decal that is 24" wide by however long.I worked at a RV Dealer ship and got really good at installing wide decal stripes.On the Airstream trailers and Motor Coaches they had 7" wide stripes and got it in bulk rolls and I learned how to install them dry,now that was a challenge cause the segment curved in the corners and had to stretch it and use heatgun to keep a straight line.."ike I said though without experience and the high cost of decal kits it is beter to leave it to a pro
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Your car looks awesome Paul!
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What a beautiful car Paul. I love the laser stripe. What a tremendous compliment you and your car bring to the 72 Gran Torino Sport. Great job my friend!!
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Originally posted by picon3 picon3 wrote:

Here are the laser stripe photos from three different angles.  Paul~. 



Congratulations on the project.  Now the car looks 100% complete with this addition.  It looks fantastic!!!
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Very nice, I remember following the progress of your project a few years ago, When you had started.  I've seen the ups & downs, setbacks, & milestones. It's been a motivater for me & others ,GREAT JOB
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Paul,
can you get me a CLOSE UP of the driver fender laser stripe?
Behind the wheel to the door.
need it wheel well to door seam
 
 
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I just looked at photobucket and it seems that they've gone to a beta version Confused.  I'll get a photo, load it up and see if I can get it posted.  Paul~
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looks grt in black and the strip really adds to the look. I know there's a tire thread, but didnt see ur car there.   what F/R tire sizes are those?  thx
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BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires on 15 inch magnum 500 reproductions from Summit.  

275/60/15 in back and 255/60/15 in front.  4.5 inch back spacing on wheel.  
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thx for sharing the details.  
i too have 275/60s out back but im not liking the model of tire i have, so thinking of getting the same vintage 54 wheels from summit n mounting a pair of 295/50s i have.
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