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Mustang Exterior Decal Customization & Styling Guide

Written By: Stanley Sadowski

There quite a selection when it comes to decals for your Mustang so here’s a quick break down. Mike's Coyote is showing you what a full camo vinyl wrap could do for your Mustang.

American Muscle

What are My Decal and Vinyl Options?

  • Painted 
  • Vinyl
  • Racing Stripes
  • Decals
  • Tint

Painted Mustang Decals

When you decide to go with a decal that will be painted on your Mustang, you can assure that the quality will be better than any vinyl decal, assuming of course assuming you have a good painter. The two things to watch out for with painting decals is that 1. The price will be more than going with a vinyl sticker and, since they are being painted on they are permanent. Make sure you want to commit before opting for the new paint job. On the plus side, when you go with paint you can get anything you want, so show your creative side.

Custom Lightning McQueen Show Mustang

The Downside to Vinyl Decals 

The only downside to using decals for your Mustang is that if the vinyl is left on for an extremely long time and is taken off, the paint underneath the decal will appear to be noticeably newer then the rest of the paint. This can be adjusted for with a good car detail, or by protecting your Mustang’s paint job.

Advantages of Vinyl Decals

Choosing to go with a vinyl decal can be beneficial in a couple ways. They are by far less expensive than getting the decal painted on, and they are also not permanent. If you end up not liking the way your new decal looks, you can simply peel it off. Installing a vinyl decal is also fairly easy and can be done by almost anyone where, as a painted design must be done by a professional and can take up a couple days of your time.

2015 GT Mustang with Super Snake Black Vinyl Stripes

Mustang Rear Bumper and Trunk Panel Decals

For the rear bumper you can purchase bumper letter inserts. They come in either stainless steel or a vinyl material. Weather your bumper says “Mustang” or “Cobra” you have a nice selection of decals and you want have a problem getting the look you want. There are also lower valence decals that will make your regular GT or V6 bumper different from the rest and rear bumper accents that are positioned on top of the bumper right underneath the license plate. Not only will this addition look great, but it will protect the top of your bumper from any scratches that may happen when placing something in the trunk.

Trunk panel decals will help you achieve that retro muscle car look. The honeycomb panel is a plastic piece that goes between the tail lights or if you want to use a decal, a black, flat black, or white vinyl can go in the same place instead. With all three of these decals installed it really changes the appearance of the back of the car for the better.

Black Vinyl Letter Inserts for Mustangs
2015 Mustang with Carbon Fiber Decklid Panel

Mustang Racing Stripes

A set of racing stripes will look good on almost any car let alone a muscle car. They add some aggression and break up the paint color nicely if the appropriate color stripe is applied. There are a few options with strips. The lemans stripes are two evenly sized 12in stripes that go down the whole car, the GT500 stripes come in both 5in and 10in wide and send two stripes down the car similar to the lemans, and the Super Snake stripe which is a single 12in stripe with two ½ inch stripes right next to it on either side.

There are multiple types of stripes including:

  • Full body stripes come in a variety of colors and styles, perfect for making your Mustang pop
  • Hash marks aren’t as common, and they’re a subtle accent to compliment your build
  • Rocker stripes are a bold way to stylize your Mustang’s side profile
  • Have a aftermarket hood with a scoop? Use decals to drawn attention to it
Matte Black Lemans Racing Stripes for Mustangs

Mustang Window Decals

The window decals are the most common amongst the group. People add windshield banners, quarter window stickers, and rear window decals quite often. This is probably because it is very easy to add decals to windows and they are really easy to take off as well. Glass is much more forgiving than the fresh paint on the body. You can put a windshield banner of your favorite performance company or maybe a running pony on the back window.

2015 Mustang with Windshield Decal

Mustang Vinyl Tint for Lights

There is vinyl tint available if you’re looking to black out some of your lights or markers. Tail light, third brake light, quarter marker, and fog light vinyl decals are all available to give your Mustang a more sinister and aggressive look and still allow just the right amount of light to shine through. All vinyl tinting is extremely affordable and easy to install. They are also very durable and are deigned to last for years.

Brake Light Tint on a 1999-2004 Mustang

Mustang Rocker, Fender, and Hood Decals

If you’re looking to go a different route then consider rocker, fender, or hood decals to add a unique touch of styling. They all come in black, white or silver, and a select few colors. For the rocker you can either get a solid stripe or one that says either “GT500”, “GT350, “American Muscle”, or “Mustang.“ Fender hash marks can also be applied to give your Mustang that race car inspired appearance. They are very affordable and can be applies within minutes.

There are a lot of variations when it comes to hood decals. There are decals for the center of the hood identical to the Mach 1 stripe and others that are similar for the GT and V6 models. You can get hood accents that go on the side of the slight cowl in the factory hood or a decal that says “4.6L V8” that can be applied to the sides of the hood scoop if your Mustang is equipped with one. Hood decals are very popular and can still achieve the look you desire without the intensive labor of some of the other decal applications.

2015 Mustang with Rocker Panel Stripe

Race Ready Mustang Hash Marks

Something you don’t see around town as often as full body stripes would be the race inspired hash marks. They come as a twin stripe that can be installed on either the driver side or passenger side of your Mustang, whichever you prefer. If you want both sides, just order two and you’ll be all set.

These are significantly easier to install than body stripes so even if you don’t have much experience, this would be a great product to test out your skills. Just be sure to have a little patience your first time. Hash marks are available in several different colors so you can get a set to match a set of full length stripes or your Mustang’s overall theme.

Black Hask Mark Fender Decal for 2005-2014 Mustangs
2013-2014 GT and Boss Mustang Hood Accent Decal
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