Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
March 13, 2003

Step By Step

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We began our installation by cleaning the car to prevent any dirt from contaminating our vinyl.
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While the stuff appears thick, and would hide a lot of anomalous material, it is actually quite thin, and, like the story of the Princess and the Pea, the slightest bump is easily apparent.

While there is something to be said for having a nice, clean car, any Oxford White Mustang will benefit from an infusion of color. With its Steeda 17x9-inch wheels and wicked Cervini's Auto Designs Stalker body kit, the Ice Box was looking better than ever, but we wanted to go one step further by adding some flash to the drab white pony.

Although the Ice Box is a magazine project car, it is still a daily driver, so we had no intention of going over the top by adding a wild custom paint job to it. Instead, we opted for subtle, but invigorating vinyl graphics by Vinyl Decision of New Egypt, New Jersey. Vinyl graphics can liven up any vehicle and when, or if, you get tired of them, you can peel them off and start fresh. This is far more reasonable than having the car repainted, which is something to consider if your vehicle is relatively new.

Choosing your vinyl package can be quite a lot of fun, as there are hundreds of designs available. Vinyl Decision uses

Aurora Graphics' designs, which we narrowed down to about ten or so. From there, we decided on the pattern in the photos, and for no particular reason, opted for red, blue and black as our colors.

Once Vinyl Decision received the program from Aurora Graphics, its computer-controlled machines did the rest. Each color and/or graphic is printed separately, and all have registration dots that are transferred to the vehicle. Once the first pattern is put onto the vehicle, the other patterns are lined up according to these dots. This takes most of the guesswork out of the equation, and assures the design you chose is reproduced properly on the vehicle.

While this job can be accomplished by an amateur, it is recommended you have a professional do it. Especially if the graphics you have chosen are rather complicated. Professional installers have a lot of experience working with vinyl, and this pays off in the long run. But if you have a truckload of patience and a few friends to help, it is possible to do it yourself. If your pony is in need of some visual pop, give Vinyl Decision a call, and see what they can do for you.