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Old 01-16-2013, 05:31 PM   #16
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:36 PM   #17
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I have heard that some pinstriping was done by the 'dealers' not always by the factory, but I think it only related to 'specials'?. I would assume that BMW put pinstriping on the outside for economic/production reasons. It is easier to paint/clear coat on a production line in one process rather than interupt to have the striping done by hand and then put tank back on the line. Remember we are going back to before modern digital dye vinyl stickers and the factory process probably used something like silk screening - better endurance? than new stickers but a lot more expensive. Current digital dye stickers dont have very good UV resistance and particulary red dye fade quickly - so modern stickers are under a clear layer to get UV protection. Back in the oldddd days of course the whole process was by hand and they could include paint additives (such as lead - good UV resistance) therefore the striping could have been under the clear or not.... but in the end does it really matter, one advantage if the paint is still good it is easy enough to replace the striping if it is on the outside (but make sure you use 'solid' (all they way through not just dye on top) coloured vinyl so it fades slower.).
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:01 PM   #18
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Back in the oldddd days of course the whole process was by hand
Actually it wasn't that long ago. BMW did all their pinstriping by hand at least up until the late 70s and maybe even the early 80s.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:45 PM   #19
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Actually it wasn't that long ago. BMW did all their pinstriping by hand at least up until the late 70s and maybe even the early 80s.

I suppose it all depends, I met my first girlfriend in the '70s......that feels like a loooong time ago.
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