Monday, September 24, 2007
PINSTRIPING THE BIKE FRAME
I decided to add some vintage looking pinstripes to the frame. I started to pinstripes some years ago but I was never good enough to lay some stripes on a real expensive paint job for money. However, I like my lines enough to put on my stuff. If you think there is an easy short cut the pinstriping perfect lines, you are wrong. The only way is to practice , practice and more practice. But there are some basic things you need to know before you start.
First off you need the right paint. One Shot enamel is the only way to go. This is the only paint still made with lead in it, so be careful using it. You also need to thin it just right. What you are looking for is the consistency of cream so that it can flow easily on the surface. You also need some good brushes. The real ones are made by Mack Brush. They are pricey, but they should last you a long time if properly taken care of.
Pinstriping is basically laying curved lines that intersect or connect with each other in a number of possibilities. Do a search on Flickr for pinstriping and you will find all kinds of inspiration. There are also a number of sites that can help you out. Check out the video in this post, it will give you a good idea of what it takes.