It was recently “Dodge Charger graphics week” here at Audio Designs and Custom Graphics in Jacksonville. Two local clients contacted us the same week about having a custom graphic package installed on a 2017 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack sedan. The clients do not know each other, and it was purely a fluke that they showed up around the same time. Here’s how we made each vehicle unique.
Body Graphic Installation Process
Each of these clients had a clear vision for what they wanted the graphics package on their cars to look like. They both wanted pronounced stripe packages down the center of the car.
Some shops will cut vinyl stripes on a cutting table or plotter, then try to apply them to the vehicle while maintaining a straight edge. The curves and contours of the chassis make this method nearly impossible to do accurately. They will end up with wavy lines that do not look professional. We use 3M masking tape to locate measurements on the vehicle, then place a laser guideline in front of and behind the vehicle.
At this point, some shops will try to cut the vinyl with a sharp knife, right on the paint surface of your vehicle. This method is, in our opinion, an excellent way to ruin a perfectly good – and expensive – paint job. We use a product called Design Line Tape to mark the cutting edge. Once we have outlined the borders, we apply the vinyl. Design Line Tape has a microscopic cutting thread that we pull through the vinyl to make our cuts. We never put a knife near the vehicle. We used this same process around windows and to create the fine details on the white car’s red accents.
Graphics on the Blue Charger
This client wanted something a little unconventional for his car. His vision included a wide stripe down the center of the vehicle, flanked by a pair of red accents. We used 3M Gloss White with a gold metallic sparkle for the central stripe. The accents are Avery Gloss Carmine Red. The center stripe is 22 inches wide, and the accents are 1 1/2 inches away and 1 1/2 inches thick. Our lasers ensure that these dimensions remain perfect for the entire length of the vehicle.
We used more of the Gloss White to fill the Hemi lettering on the fender badge and the hashmarks on the wheels. We filled the center of the 392 emblems with Carmine Red.
White Dodge Charger Graphics
This client had a more traditional “racing stripe” vision for his white Charger, but wanted some red accents to make it unique. We used 3M Carbon Fiber textured black vinyl for the central stripes. To give the project a factory-installed look, we moved the hood scoop insert and wrapped it on its own.
We used Avery Matte Red for the accents on the front bumper, side mirrors and rear air vents. It tool some time with the detailed accent work to ensure the shapes were symmetrical.
We filled the 392 badges with the Matte Red vinyl so they would accent the interior in the same way.
To tame the look of the tail lights and the front and rear side markers, we applied Lamin-X Gunsmoke film. That is a medium tint, so the brake lights, turn signals and reverse lights will still shine through. This film works like a spray, but can be removed easily if the client changes his mind. In fact, all of the graphics can be removed for something new, or to return the vehicles to their stock appearance.
Premium Vinyl Lasts for Years
The 3M Wrap Film Series 1080 and the Avery 900 Super Cast Series of vinyls are designed specifically for automotive applications like this. Both films can withstand harsh UV exposure from the Florida sun without cracking or fading quickly. Even the heat produced by the massive 6.4-liter Charger engines will not affect their look or adhesion properties.
Custom Graphics is what we do
If the look of these Dodge Charger graphics packages interests you, drop by our store. A member of our sales team would be happy to work with you to design something unique for your vehicle. Use our online contact FORM to send us an e-mail.