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!!
2014 A6 TDI Prestige, Daytona on Black, Black Headliner, Brushed Alum., LED Headlights, 19" Sport Package, Cold Weather Pkg
2010 A6 3.0T Prestige, Night Blue on Amaretto & Black w/ 18" Sport Package
2009 A4 2.OT Prem+, Deep Sea Blue on Gray
'14 A6 TDI - Current, epic mix of performance and mileage!
'08 A5 - Gone, great grand touring car
'07 RS4 - Gone, much missed!
'07 A4 x2 - Gone, meh
'04 allroad V8 - Gone, it was fun
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.
As I've grown older, I've learned that pleasing everyone is impossible,
but pissing everyone off is a piece of cake
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.