How to Install Pontiac GTO Judge Stripes
The 1970 GTO Judge is considered by many to be the quintessential muscle car of the era. With its aggressive looks, over-the-top styling, and with plenty of horsepower to back it up, the ’70 Judge had it all. The result of that popularity has created a niche market for creating tribute Judges. Adding the Judge styling to a basic GTO is fairly simple, the single most important piece of the puzzle is the stripes.
Phoenix Graphix spent 22 months, tripled the budget, and went through 24 color matches to produce a quality, correct Judge stripe kit. The stripes were originally produced with an iridescent quality, which took a lot of research to correctly reproduce. This is the only correct Judge stripe kit available.
There were four color combinations available for the stripes from the factory. These are green/white/yellow, yellow/red/black, yellow/red/blue, and blue/pink/orange. The stripe colors are dictated by the base color of the car. The factory correct color combos are as follows:
Green/white/yellow stripes: Palomino Copper, Baja Gold, Palisade Green, Pepper Green, Verdoro Green, Sierra Yellow and Granada Gold.
Yellow/red/black stripes: Burgundy and Cardinal Red.
Yellow/red/blue stripes: Starlight Black, Polar White, Palladium Silver.
Blue/pink/orange: Bermuda Blue, Atol Blue, Mint Tourquoise, and Orbit Orange.
The wrong color combo can really ruin the look of the car, so check your colors and make sure you order the right kit.
The stripes are quite easy to install, it is the placement that can be tricky. To help alleviate some of the stress, Phoenix Graphix cuts each stripe so that the bottom edge of the masking paper correctly positions the stripe. Placing the lower edge of the masking so it lays over the top edge of the body styleline, over each wheel well, achieves the correct height. The distance from the front and rear of the rear quarter panel should be equal. The front fender stripe crosses the door jamb, leaving approximately a 1\4” overhang to wrap around the fender and door, which will keep everything aligned and correct.
We visited Redline Auto Sports in Wilson, Ok while they were installing a Phoenix Graphix kit on this 1970 GTO Judge. The entire process took about an hour and totally changed the look of the car. Follow along and see how it’s done.
Red Line Auto Sports
i own a sign shop so install after 30 years of lettering trucks was cake. I did find the info on the placement very helpful. I was about to break out some pics of the car B4 paint but did not really trust
whoever did those. my kit came from o.p.g.i. by way of phoenix graphics. quality stuff. I could have made
my own but phoenix has done such a great job duplicating factory stripes I figured why bother for one set one time. glad I found your site.