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Ghost stripes have become a popular way to give vehicles a touch of mystique and elegance. These stripes are subtle, visible only from certain angles or under specific lighting, adding a unique flair to the car's appearance. In this guide, we'll explore how to create ghost stripes using both Frosted films like 3M Scotchcal 7725SE Crystal Frosted Film or ORACAL 8810 Silver Gray 090 and Rtint Smoked Films.

What Are Ghost Stripes?

Ghost stripes are an innovative form of vehicle customization where faint stripes are added to the car's surface. Since the stripes closely match the car's color, they appear as "ghosts," only visible under certain conditions.

Creating Ghost Stripes with Frosted Films

ORACAL 8810 Silver Gray 090 Frosted Calendered Film

Step 1: Selecting the Film

Choose a translucent Frosted film, such as ORACAL 8810 Silver Gray 090. It will allow the car's base color to shine through while providing a pearly ghost effect.

Step 2: Preparing the Surface

Clean the surface where the stripes will be applied to ensure proper adhesion.

Step 3: Measuring and Cutting

Measure and cut the film to the required size.

Step 4: Applying the Film

Use a squeegee to apply the film, ensuring no air bubbles are trapped.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Trim excess material and use a heat gun to secure the edges.

Similar Colors for Ghost Stripe Effect

Use a color similar to the car's base color for a subtle contrast and enhanced ghost effect. This is the one case where films like 3M 2080 and Avery Dennison SW900 can be used although this should be done in a shop where the color can be compared to your ride's paint rather than by buying film online. 

Creating Ghost Stripes with Rtint Smoked Film

Step 1: Choose the Right Shade

Select a shade of Rtint Smoked Film that complements your car's color, offering a smoky effect.

Step 2: Clean the Surface

Clean the area where the stripes will be applied.

Step 3: Measure and Cut the Film

Determine the size and shape of the stripes and cut the film accordingly.

Step 4: Apply the Film

Carefully align and apply the film using a squeegee.

Step 5: Heat and Trim

Use a heat gun to conform the film to the surface and trim any excess material.

Step 6: Inspect and Enjoy

Inspect the final result and enjoy the unique appearance.


Q: Is this wrap see-through? A: Yes, both the ORACAL 8810 Frosted Calendered Film and Rtint Smoked Films are translucent, allowing the car's original color to shine through.

Q: Do you have a wrap like I've described? A: Yes, both of the described films can achieve the ghost stripe effect. Consult with your local supplier if you want a clear film with a pearl effect, as specialized products may be available.

Get Ghosted

Creating ghost stripes on your vehicle using Frosted films like ORACAL 8810 Silver Gray 090 or Rtint Smoked Films is a stylish and artistic way to personalize your car. The subtleness of these stripes adds a touch of sophistication, turning heads without being overwhelming. By carefully selecting the right film, preparing the surface, and applying the material with precision, you can transform your vehicle into a mysterious and elegant masterpiece. Whether you opt for the frosted or smoked effect, the ghost stripe technique is sure to enhance your vehicle's appeal.

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