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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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Comment by Bud Mc on August 2, 2011 at 9:31am
Hey Doug what was it like to have Alan Johnson as a mentor. I have seen his work and have watched his videos, great work outta him. I didn't have anyone like that here in Iowa, just a couple of grumpy sign painters to get some tips and techniques from.
Comment by Bud Mc on August 2, 2011 at 9:28am

Great advice Doug, My teacher told me to use glass as well and said the same thing as you about if you can paint on glass you can paint on anything.

    Thanks Alan for your service to our country. I don't think you guys hear it enough from the general public. Without people like you we wouldn't be able to share the great things in life like family, and cars, amongst other things.

Comment by Doug F on August 1, 2011 at 10:55am

Hi Alan,

These days it is easier than ever to learn, or re-learn, how to stripe. There are numerous videos, car shows and books available to help you get started.

As my mentor Alan Johnson says in his book, "Buy a couple brushes, some thinner and a gallon of One-Shot and by the time you reach the bottom, you'll know how to pinstripe". 

Brushes: MACK 20 (green thread from bodyshop supply) or MACK 10 (blue thread) are better.

Thinner: Mineral Spirits

Paint: One-Shot, but it ain't as good as it used to be.

Practice surface: Phonebook, many many pages to get the feel.

Advanced Practice Surface: Glass. If you can paint on glass, you can paint on anything.


Good Luck.

Comment by alan michael frost on August 1, 2011 at 9:55am
thanks bud i dont get a chanch to get on here varry often but i would like to know how to get started dooing coustom pinstriping i went to school for 2 years for auto body and i have worked in a couple of shops part time while i was in the army now its mostley a hobby my plans are to start my own shop im working on a s-10 with a 383 stroker once im finnished i want to do some pinstriping on it i tryied it once on school my instructer said it was preaty good for a first timer and he thinks i have the naturl tallent for it but that was 15 years ago and i havent done it sence i would like to know what kind of brushes yo get to get started and any tips for the begenner i have a old hood i plan on using for a practice pad i know its a diying art and i want to learn how to do it any help would be apreceated from anybody
Comment by Bud Mc on July 24, 2011 at 2:39pm
Hey thanks again Doug. I was thinking something way different.
Comment by Doug F on July 24, 2011 at 11:30am

They sell them online...

The Body Shop Nail Brush

Comment by Doug F on July 24, 2011 at 11:28am

No problem Bud...


If you are using your brushes EVERY day, just lay them in a tray of kerosene. I don't use mine every day, so I use some of Mr. J's brush oil... He's the guy who makes the Xcaliber brushes. My mentor would just use mineral oil from the drug store.

A nail brush is the little scrub brush you use to get the grease and dirt out from around your finger nails. ;-) I have used the plastic ones, but the thinners cause the plastic to crack; so I found some wood handle ones sold by "The Body Shop" the lotion store at malls... My wife used to work for their corporate office and I got a whole bunch for cheap! I need to find the ones I still have.

Comment by Bud Mc on July 23, 2011 at 5:22pm
Welcome Elizabeth!
Comment by Bud Mc on July 23, 2011 at 5:21pm

Ok Doug this may sound dumb but whats a nail brush? Also what do you use to store you brushes in i.e. how do you keep them fresh while in storage. You have some awesome pics on your page, you do great work. I need to buy a new brush so I need to know this stuff to keep it up to par.

 Thanks for all of the help.

Comment by Doug F on July 18, 2011 at 7:19pm

Yall are welcome, if you have any other questions, I am more than glad to help. Mc, it looks like you have the concept down, now work at perfecting a consistent line and definately practice straight lines... So few master them, but that's where the money is. :D



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