Pinstripers & Sign Painters

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Pinstripers & Sign Painters

A group for anyone iterested in pinstriping and sign painting. From experts to the first timer. Hopefully people will teach and learn here.

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Latest Activity: Oct 12, 2013

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Comment by Bud Mc on July 18, 2011 at 6:47pm
Thanks Iroc.
Comment by Irocz385 on July 17, 2011 at 6:56pm
Very nice Bud! Thanks for the trimming info Doug!
Comment by Bud Mc on July 17, 2011 at 12:39pm
some striping on did on my 68 GMC.
Comment by Bud Mc on July 17, 2011 at 12:30pm
Welcome Doug and thanks for the advice.
Comment by Doug F on July 16, 2011 at 9:55pm

I would say not to trim your brushes until you see how it is done by someone who is experienced. I have been striping for 14 years and learned from some of the guys who make how-to videos now...

When you first buy a brush, MACk green or blue thread, take a quality nail brush and some mineral spirits and lay the brush on it's side and in a quick and forceful way, brush down and away from the handle, then flip and repeat. This takes most of the weak hairs out and 'beats it into submission'; thus 'breaking it in'. It is the equivelent of a 5 year old brush now. ;-)

Then take a straight razor blade and just in front of the threads, with the wood vertical, push down and trim the hairs that are below the wood. They are usually out of line with the other hairs and cause bad lines in tight curves. I do the same to the top hairs.  It is rare to do any more trimming that that. If you like to do blunt corners, you can then lay the brush on it's side and trim the very point back no more than 1/8" too.

Comment by Bud Mc on February 19, 2011 at 10:18am
I see there is a new member! Welcome Alan!
Comment by Irocz385 on February 13, 2011 at 1:35pm
I'm using the same brush, I'm going to try trimming it.
Comment by Bud Mc on February 12, 2011 at 9:28am
Very cool bike! I did trim the brush. I'm using a mack 00 sword brush and i got it wet with mineral spirits put it between my finger and thumb and pulled it back to front to shape it the I layed it flat and trimmed away just a little starting from just befor the belly of the brush to the tip. I was told that if you get into the belly of the brush it will ruin paint flow.
Comment by Irocz385 on February 10, 2011 at 11:02pm
Here is a bike that I painted.
Comment by Irocz385 on February 10, 2011 at 10:59pm
Nice! did you trim you brush or just use it the way that it came? I know that lots of pinstripers shape their brushes, but I'm not sure how to go about it so I haven't tried yet.
 

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