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    M105/205 DA Over OEM Body Striping [ Or Tape Off ] [ Dodge Challenger ]

    Is it ok to DA polish over OEM striping [ Dodge Challenger ]. Stripe is OEM, thinking the stripe is over the clear (not under, not sure). Strip is flat black.

    Or best to tape it off.

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    OCD will probably make me tape it off but wondering if really necessary.

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    Re: M105/205 DA Over OEM Body Striping [ Or Tape Off ] [ Dodge Challenger ]

    I would definitely avoid polishing the matte stripes. Also be mindful of any polishing splatter

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    Re: M105/205 DA Over OEM Body Striping [ Or Tape Off ] [ Dodge Challenger ]

    Coincidence....


    I just answered a similar question via e-mail.


    Can I apply a synthetic paint sealant to the stripes on my Ford GT


    vobro is correct. DON'T apply a wax or sealant to FLAT or MATTE paint or graphics. It will stain them white and you will hate yourself.


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    Re: M105/205 DA Over OEM Body Striping [ Or Tape Off ] [ Dodge Challenger ]

    Quote Originally Posted by Fallguy007 View Post
    Is it ok to DA polish over OEM striping [ Dodge Challenger ]. Stripe is OEM, thinking the stripe is over the clear (not under, not sure). Strip is flat black.

    Or best to tape it off.

    Thanks......

    OCD will probably make me tape it off but wondering if really necessary.
    If the graphics are matte like on this Charger I did then tape them off. You don't want to risk altering the appearance of the matte appearance. In this case I opted to coat them in Cquartz Skin.

    2017 Dodge Charger Daytona 392

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    Re: M105/205 DA Over OEM Body Striping [ Or Tape Off ] [ Dodge Challenger ]

    Quote Originally Posted by Fallguy007 View Post
    Is it ok to DA polish over OEM striping
    [ Dodge Challenger ]. Stripe is OEM,
    thinking the stripe is over the clear
    (not under, not sure). Strip is flat black.

    Or best to tape it off.

    Thanks......

    OCD will probably make me tape it off
    but wondering if really necessary.
    Tape off flat black stripes.

    If you compound/polish them (M105/205)
    they’ll no longer have a flat finish.


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    Re: M105/205 DA Over OEM Body Striping [ Or Tape Off ] [ Dodge Challenger ]

    For the furtherance of:
    Quote Originally Posted by FUNX650 View Post
    Tape off flat black stripes.
    •Take some cues from body shop painters.

    -Make a couple of:
    “Flat Black Stripes Protection Templates”—
    (something that can be re-used time and
    time again)—using either Painters’ Professional
    Masking Tape/Paper/Film...or similar taping
    off materials.




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    Re: M105/205 DA Over OEM Body Striping [ Or Tape Off ] [ Dodge Challenger ]

    Quote Originally Posted by FUNX650 View Post
    Tape off flat black stripes.

    If you compound/polish them (M105/205)
    they’ll no longer have a flat finish.


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    Understand might turn them glossy. Would it be harmful to them them or make them blotchy, believe they are outside the clear coat.

    Thanks!

    I did go ahead and tape them off this time.

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    Re: M105/205 DA Over OEM Body Striping [ Or Tape Off ] [ Dodge Challenger ]

    Quote Originally Posted by Fallguy007 View Post
    Understand might turn them glossy. Would it be harmful to them them or make them blotchy, believe they are outside the clear coat.
    For me:
    It would be harmful to cause the OEM flat
    black finish to, instead, take on a glossy
    finish, where, after which: it’s nearly an
    impossibility to go back to a flat finish
    without a re-install.

    Of course: YMMV.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fallguy007 View Post
    I did go ahead and tape
    them off this time.
    -I’m glad you did.

    -Hope you will continue to tape them
    off whenever similar situations arise.


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    Re: M105/205 DA Over OEM Body Striping [ Or Tape Off ] [ Dodge Challenger ]

    You definitely don't want to compound or polish over them. Tape them off. Come time for an LSP, I've had success using Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax over the OEM matte Dodge decals/stripes (among many others), but definitely test in a small, inconspicuous spot before attempting the whole thing.

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