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My start into pinstriping

Discussion in 'Pinstriping' started by Tocean, Nov 11, 2018.


  1. Tocean

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    In one of those "I should of did this 20-25 years ago" moments, I finally got everything I needed to start pulling some lines, I had to laugh going to Blicks to pick up a couple 4oz cans of one shot, to think I worked in sign shops for years with all the ronan I ever wanted:whistling: I'd like to thank @jord001 for pointing in the right direction for the setup:thumbsup: I'm hoping to start pulling a design a day, so here is my start -

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    Good for you Tocean. Having a go at Pinstriping is going to be on my to do list next year too. Looks like Lee pointed you in the right direction for kit and that’s a really solid looking first go.


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    Me? What setup? When did I do that? Thanks anyway, no problem lol
    You don't really need neatsfoot oil, good old car oil will work just fine, but since you got it..
    Good move learning on glass, scrape it off and do the next practice piece. Don't forget you can lay paper sheets underneath with your practice lines on. This works for striping and doing horizontal lines for lettering and such. Your doing good with it so far so keep it up. Just like airbrushing, the more you do the easier it gets.

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    Oh and don't forget the 1000 lines of each stroke to get your eye in.. Just another thought, learning on glass is the same as if you were airbrushing on it. If you can master painting on the glass then any other surface will be easier, and when your pinstriping on glass you need to leave your paint a tiny bit thicker as it will make it less likely to skate. If you need to support your brush hand just like airbrushing then do. You may also want to try a mahl stick like a signwriter would use, purely for support, gives you more control and less fatigue.

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    These vids are on youtube if you've not watched them already, not the greatest but it explains a bit of what i've said..

    Steve Kafka, one of the old school stripers..

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9jhakrcH1PqYAwq8liGb0g

    and an eastwood vid.




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    Thanks! jump on in man, one thing I was intimidated about was the brush care, I have to say it's pretty easy - now that I said it watch my brushes will be all jacked next time I use them:lipssealed:
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    Thanks I'll give those videos a watch and get one of those mahl sticks as sign writing is on the agenda(any specific brushes you recommend for oil?), I can consider myself as an old wall dogger as I've done a few wall logos/signs over the years in latex, wanting to get back into it for a business, here's one I did back in '08(still looks good) -

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    Here's a guy in Cambridge I founds his youtube useful, (warning he uses porn mag pallets).

    Forgot how awful the oil paint smells, I'm a lot more sensitive to it now a days, I put a respirator on, think I'll put a box fan up by the table. I jumped in pretty hard trying to scroll off the bat, time to just pull some strait lines/c curves for a few, it's a long piece of glass maybe 3 foot so I can try to pull some long lines, the palleting will take some getting use to, seen a couple different ways to go about it guess it will be a feel out thing, I did find this old timer, his wrist pallet would save hours in the field -
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    Mackie is a funny dude! I watch a lot of his videos, but I’ll check all these out when I get a moment lol.
    Looks like some fantastic work on that sign, and good to see it looking great 10 years on too.


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    Sorry @Tocean I can't recommend any brushes, im outa touch myself.
    Mackie is as mad as a box of frogs, he was at the show we were at in September and he does like his Rum, we were all camping at the show.. I've watched most of his youtube vids and he does have some different ways lol. Yeh I remember the mag he was palleting on, made me chuckle.
    You should be able to pull some loooong lines on that glass and it will be beneficial to honing the skill and feel due to the surface.
    Going to watch Bill Riedel now on YT You can learn a lot from the older guys.

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    Yeah, last time I saw Mackie at the show, he was chasing some of the Body Paint models around with a giant beer stein in his hand lol.


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    There you go.. Mad as a hatter. He looked rough sunday morning though. Paul had a bit of a bad head too. I think it was the vodka. Bacon butties at 8am sharp on the barbie. Lovely. Roll on 2019

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    Definitely!


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    Man I'll have to try to hop the pond and make that next event! Work as usual all comes in at once, had little time to get the airbrush going and pull some lines, ran a lot of strait lines so nothing special going on, just this one, I think I'm digging the tiki mask design, good way to practice those c lines -

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    I'll look around for some lettering brushes and a mahl, I figured if I'm already striping I might as well learn some script while I have the paint out, this guy has a good break down of basic strokes -

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    Great looking lines Tocean! I recently took a class with Howie Nisger, a well known striper in the US. I've been doing practice stripes as well. They make it look so easy. :)
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    This is looking great Buddy. Looks like you have a good feel for it already.


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    I'll have to look him up, feel free to drop some practice lines in here we can change the thread to everyone's start:thumbsup: I'd like to find some hands on instruction, the palleting - I'm not sure if I'm doing it right/how much paint to put on the pallet, back to youtube.
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    Thanks man been having some fun with it, I've used the ronan paints before so I knew what I was getting into there, it's really getting the brush loaded and how much thinner to use, up to yesterday it was still really hot here so I think I needed a little extra thinner as the paint was feeling thick. trying to pull some longer lines -

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    @Tocean So here are a couple of pictures of my practice lines. Still need much more practice. :)
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    A little improvement on the yellow lines. LOL
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    Some nice work too Cheryl. It’s a great skill to have and I’m looking forward to giving it a go next year. It might seem funny to plan it out like that lol, but I have enough learning to do with airbrushing and vector drawing lol, so I have to give myself a loose schedule at least.


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    @SiRoxx Yes, there is so much to absorb and incorporate into the art. Striping is an art form of itself, but if you can AB and stripe, they go hand in hand. Like anything, practice is what is required to be good. The right paint consistency, and steady pressure on the brush create those perfect lines. Also if you are using the sword brush, there is the slight turning of the brush to conquer. Like I said, they make it look so easy. I've just finished up my paint pal and now I need to start on Marissa's monochrome study course, then, in between, practice my striping. So, we take it one day at a time, right? But, most of all, enjoy what we are learning. I predict you'll be striping everything in sight. LOL
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