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What materials can I use to decorate a very boring car exterior that won't cut my gas mileage?

I have a honda civic hybrid.  It is so beige that I lose it in the parking lot.  Could I decoupage areas of the exterior (cut out photos, glue them on, and then put on a sealer)?  Use some kind of paint for free-hand decoration (if it isn't absolutely smooth, won't it cause wind resistance)?  Use spray paint (Rustoleum?) and stencils?  Cut out shapes from contact paper? 

In the past, I've used magnets (fall off), bumper stickers (get raggy looking fast).


jeff-o4 years ago
I'd suggest a custom paint job (the whole car in a rad colour, or just accents like stripes), or maybe some decals made especially for cars (flames, etc.)  I'm sure there are plenty of options for a Civic!
automd jeff-o4 years ago
Yeah tribal and stripes could be really appealing. Especially when the auto body shop has great artists. Using spray paint would ne best because magnets could really fall off easily.
lemonie4 years ago
Personally I'd use spray-paint. Quick, easy smooth - can get more complex with the stencils buy you could do it freehand.

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seandogue4 years ago
Yes.You can do all of the above. Go for it. It's your car, right? Your worry is akin to worrying about your weight and clipping individual hairs from your arm to gain an advantage on the scale.

Said another way, the boundary layer will not change perceptibly by painting or gluing thinnish stencils to your automobile, although were they to come unglued, you'd lose something, but again, I doubt you could even measure the difference without serious equipment, and when you did, you'd probably find that the change is on the order of micro percentage points.

You really have to alter the shape of the automobile profile in a significantly more radical manner to change the aerodynamic properties to the point where you'll see a difference.