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Old 08-06-2014, 06:44 PM   #1
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Default Need your advice - look at my pinstripe!

I am a new 2012 A6 owner and the previous owner apparently had side added. I thought it was vinyl at first, but found out it is painted. My exterior color is moonlight blue and the pinstripe is a silvery color. As you can see, the pinstripe goes down the side of the car and follows the contours that are already there, providing an accent. My problem is that the pinstripe is fading in a few places on the passenger side and it is pretty noticeable, so I have to decide to either remove the pinstripes completely or get them repainted. HELP!! I need some other opinions! I usually don't like pinstripes, but these don't bother me as much, but maybe I am biased. Take a look and tell me your honest opinion. I appreciate it!!
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I don't think it enhances the car's appearance any.
I'd remove them
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I hope the price you paid for the car was super low. These stripes have no place on a car like the A6 - get rid of them. What disturbing photos!
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I thought it was vinyl at first, but found out it is painted. ...so I have to decide to either remove the pinstripes completely or get them repainted. I usually don't like pinstripes, but these don't bother me as much, but maybe I am biased.
If you want to remove them, try wet sanding or rubbing compound or use lacquer thinner.

It's a simple job and a body shop can remove them in minutes. A detail and paint correction shop should be able to handle it too. Have the exterior detailed at the same time.
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Pinstripes need to go for sure. It's funny that you posted this because I saw an Audi A4 the other day with a pinstripe on it. Wasn't liking it.
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First, you have a beautiful car!

I would just remove the pin stripes. If you do decide you want them in the future you can just get them done then.
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As a kid growing up we had a Chrysler Cordova and a Honda Accord w/ pinstripes. In the past is where I would leave them.
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You need to call CACA right away. Crime against Car/Automotive is fully trained to apprehend and punish the perpetrator with this heinous crime!
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Definitely remove.
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After re-reading a number of the posts here (mine included) I feel sorry for brad. Let's cut him some slack on this. In person the sheer dominance of a pristine A6 in a nice shiny, dark color, probably blinded him to the pinstripe. Alternatively, maybe too much "cyber" clouds ones perception of the "real world" (scuzzy as it it).
I hope tenspeed is correct (usually is) that it should be fairly easy for a good shop to restore the Teutonic simplicity an A6 deserves.
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Same color, same pinstripe. Having a detailer remove today in fact. Was this a standard thing on the Prestige trim or what? Really fugly on such a great looking car.
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Thanks for the advice/opinions everyone! I think I am going to have my local Audi body shop take them off. I'll post the after pics once I get around to it later this month.
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Thanks for the advice/opinions everyone! I think I am going to have my local Audi body shop take them off. I'll post the after pics once I get around to it later this month.
Since they don't bother you, have them remove the damaged side and keep the drivers side stripe. The passenger side stripe would have been removed before repainting if you kept them.

Years ago, factory painted pin stripes were an option. I had them on my '85 Olds.
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