I recently had to do something about the terrible paint on our 2002 SV, which had been badly painted before we bought it in 2006....some of the paint had for some reason never hardened properly and had become an insect graveyard.
I decided it'd be fun to do a proper striping job the old fashioned way ie with actual paint......and as I've never seen a Caterham or other Seven with the stripes running across the bonnet louvres, that was the objective...
The original paint was yellow, the new scheme was to be red Lotus Sports Racer spec triple stripes in red, over Pearl white.
Here ar a few pix taken during the process.
1/....make sure the panels are in their usual relationship (properly aligned) before striping tape is applied.
2/ Cut lining tape so it stays aligned, while folding it into the louvres.....there are only 41 to do! (x 3)
3/ Don't do what I did....I made three big mistakes. I should have painted the whole car with WHITE primer, not grey. I should have painted all the white pearl first and put a light coat of varnish on to protect it from the marks of the lining tape. I should never have used black to stop the red bleeding through the white, applied on the excess red outside the masked stripes. Varnishing works better as a sealer.
So lets jump forward to today.....after many bad reactions caused by my poor planning, I finally got it 95% right.