Wow...what a can of worms.
I dont know if you all have seen me on a soap box before, but here you go:
It is true that automotive grade vinyl applied on the exterior of cars should be left to Post 1990 vehicles, and particularly to Honda Civic's and Prelude's. Anything that is, once was, is slightly resembling, using the same platform as, or could be banged with enough bodywork into the shape of a Muscle car or classic car should have paint on it. Airbrushing is for murals, and murals are for 1980 Nissan Widebodys and similar mini-trucks (I am an airbrush artist also...that wasn't against airbrushing in particular).
Street rods, classic cars and muscle cars should be striped with paint. I (and many others) say that pinstripes and grafix should be applied by hand, by an automotive artist, WITH a grey-squirrel hair brush. However, the Beugler system works TERRIFIC for people who don't have the patience to learn to pinstripe, or dont want to hassle with it (there is really more hassle trying to clean out a beugler than a brush, though.....). I pinstripe by hand. I have used Mack "Original" '00' size brushes to pinstripe flames, grafix, and artwork on vehicles, bikes, and panels for a while. Ever since I started pinstriping, I have heard from other stripers that Macks' are the way to go. They are the originals. "Von Dutch" used macks. "Roth" used macks. Hightower, Bond, Bobbo, Magoo, The Italian...they all use Macks. So I have been fighting the Mack pinstripe brushes for nearly a decade to get them to turn in correctly. Couldn't do it. It made me feel like an imbecile, as my peers were doing beautiful peices and making money with them, and I couldnt even pull two curves the same diameter radius. Then, I met a striper who gave me an Xcaliber 000. For some reason, the Xcaliber corp's brushes are SHUNNED by the pinstriping world for being "fancy-new-fangled brushes", but my striping went from passable to notable overnight. I love it! I've orderd $100 worth of Xcaliber's since then to replace all of my Macks, and I have oiled and stored the Macks for museum peices.
The point? Today, vinyl is for wussies. Beuglers are for Wussies who want to "act" like pinstripers. Pinstriping is a dying artform, so beugler's of tomorrow may be the 'kings' of the stripe, and there may be something else that comes along and falls into the 'wussie' status and people may accept putting vinyl grafix down the side of their "old-time" fiberglass, pre-chopped, leather interior'd, prefab-framed, independent-suspension'd, 502 crate Chevy motor'd, 32 Ford 3-window. Who knows?
Okay, I'm down.