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

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).


Hi, I´m wondering if you ever decoupaged the car or not.

I want to do the same thing with mine, only using fabric, images, stencils, etc, to cover the entire thing! My big question is what do I use as adhesive/sealant? I live in FLA which means blazing sun year round (It´s December 23 and 72 degrees.

So it has to be something that will allow materials to adhere and allow me time to smooth whatever that is out w/o bubbles forming b4 it hardens. Also, it would obviously have to have plenty of give and be hard as anything. Maybe even be able to take wax on it to keep the shine.

Any ideas folks? If anybody can solve this, itś the Instructables Community.

Many thanks! Maria


8 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!

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.

Personally I'd use spray-paint. Quick, easy smooth - can get more complex with the stencils buy you could do it freehand.


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.