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Thoughts on using a laser level for stripe layout

Just wanted to know if anyone had tried using a laser level for laying out the white stripes on the coupes. Or maybe just to strike a center line from front to rear to layout the stripes from.
Not sure if it would work, so I was curious if anyone had tried this and what laser level they used and how they went about doing it??


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Pretty sure I've seen it done here, maybe on a roadster but my opinion is that it is better to look right than be right... I think the laser is a good tool to use as a starting point but think you will have to "cheat" a little to accommodate for the asymmetric nature of the coupe body. If the stripes are perfect then your eyes will be more likely to perceive the non-symmetry of the body.

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Great point Todd.

I was thinking it would work good to try to find the somewhat center at the front and rear then kind of play with where it needs to be. I don't want to end up with stripes that aren't straight at the edges and you can see it. I just want to make sure they are straight. I know people make them tapered too as long as the edge is straight. Even if they need to be shifted to one side or the other slightly to fix the fact that the body isn't symmetrical.

Wavy stripes I do not want :-)

I'll try using the search option to see if anyone has done this and how they setup the laser(Tripod, saw horses, etc...)

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I just struck centerline on one a couple of hours ago with my usual method---a string! Once I have center I make a few reference marks, like a tiny hole that will be covered by weatherstrip or under the roll at the radiator opening or cowl, so that I can get back to center when it's time to lay down tape. Then it becomes a matter of "trust your eyes more than the tape measure" to quote what my buddy Miller said to me many years ago!

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Eyeball it. If you measure the stripes on a 65-67 Shelby Mustang you will find though they look the same all the way across the car, they aren't. They are wider and in some places narrower but it all comes together to create the allusion of perfectly parallel strips. Do the same with yours, make them "look" right, not worry about the numbers so much.
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I tried it on my coupe. Take the above advice and make it look right to your eyes. When you put a laser on it you really see how asymmetrical the body is.

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There was no way that we could have made it look right without the laser, way too many compound curves. We wanted the stripes to look right around the hood bulge and up the front of the rear spoiler. When that looked right at the grille opening, start masking. I also spent years using the laser to install kitchens. It takes patience to set it up, but I've seen your work. I am pleased with the way it turned out. I've also learned if either Jeff speaks, it is probably smart to listen.

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Lots of good information. Thanks guys.

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There was no way that we could have made it look right without the laser, way too many compound curves. I've also learned if either Jeff speaks, it is probably smart to listen.

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Funny. When they interviewed Carrol Shelby about his stripes on the Shelby being different widths at different points, he noted it was because of the curves on the hood roof and rear as the reason. As they were not flat the only way he was able to give the illusion of equal width stripes was by making them unequal at a few different points. Mine were eyeballed and look great.....except a mismatch on the rear spoiler of about 1/16 of an inch on one side which I keep mulling around about getting fixed....may do so this year.

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