2009 Challenger RT Retro Styling Upgrades
Next, we took our car to nearby...
Next, we took our car to nearby Graphic Express so they could design decals for the new Challenger. This gave us a great opportunity to see multiple decal styles and choose the one we liked best for our car.
Graphic Express designed several...
Graphic Express designed several cool decals for the Challenger, as well as stripes and...
...blackout treatments for...
...blackout treatments for the hood, making it difficult to decide which ones looked best.
We finally decided on double...
We finally decided on double side stripes based on the look of the '71 Challenger R/T. Since this stripe stops at the rear window, we had JD's Paint and Body shop paint the car's spoiler satin black to match the stripes.
We also decided to have Graphic...
We also decided to have Graphic Express install their hood blackout treatment to add contrast to the car's hood and absorb some of the bright Florida sun.
With our stripes installed,...
With our stripes installed, we headed to Kowalski's Glass Tinting in Lakeland, Florida. Yes, his name is Kowalski, yes, he has a Challenger R/T, coincidence?
With a computer and cutting...
With a computer and cutting equipment right in his truck, owner Scott Kowalski is able to perform his work at any location. He quickly inputted our Challenger into his computer, and had individual tint cut for each window in a matter of minutes.
We really recommend having...
We really recommend having a professional install the tint on your windows. Having the proper equipment makes the job much easier, and professional installation ensures the tint will look good for years to come.
Before installing the window...
Before installing the window tint, Scott had to trick the car into thinking the doors were closed so the windows would go fully up.
Prior to installing the tint,...
Prior to installing the tint, the windows must be thoroughly cleaned. Any dirt trapped between the tint and the window will not only look bad, but will eventually cause the tint to fail.
After cleaning the windows,...
After cleaning the windows, Scott sprays a combination of water and soap onto the window, then applies the tint working it into place and working the water out with a squeegee.
The rear quarter windows and...
The rear quarter windows and rear window are prepped in a similar way, then the pre-cut tint can be applied.
So far, we're very happy with...
So far, we're very happy with the looks and performance of our new Challenger. The car is at home on the streets or at the drag strip...
...and turns heads as well...
...and turns heads as well as clicking off impressive elapsed times. Stay tuned to future issues as we have big plans for this fun project.
Jim Browne Citrus Chrysler Dodge
JD's Paint And Body Shop
K&N Engineering, Inc.
Kowalski's Glass Tinting