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Pulled my first lines today....WOW..questions

Discussion in 'Pinstriping' started by Joe T, Mar 3, 2018.


  1. Joe T

    Joe T Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    YUp, pulled my first lines today and wow was that fun...I mean like I can’t wait to get back out there and do some more!

    Used a nice piece of glass and some red one shot as well as a blue Mac 00. Things I learned quick. I need something I can put the lacquer thinner and mineral spirits it while I’m cleaning. Paper cups ain’t cutting it. Also I had a heck of a time getting all the paint out of the feral area. The blue threads hold the paint like crazy. Got it out pretty good but can still see a few specs of paint. Used motor oil to soak it after I was done until I get some real oil.

    Okay, what is everyone using to hold the fluids like laq etc. what do you use to pallet the paint. I used a piece of plexi but can see that will suck soon. Hopefully I can get a pic of the next set of lines I pull. I was pretty excited!

    Look forward to any advice on cleaning and anything else.

    Wooohoooooo that was fun

    Joe
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    I also need t get something to thin th one shot. It tends to get stiff on the pallet. Wish I could find something local
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    For cleaning, I find the general method I use goes something along the following lines:

    1. Remove excess paint from AB cup (either save it, dump it or spray into a spray pot)
    2. Wipe inside of AB cup with soft cloth or lint free paper towel
    3. Pour a small amount of cleaning solution into the AB cup
    4. Use a medium bristled brush to rub inside AB cup
    5. Dump solution from cup (I don't spray this particular solution through AB for fear of bristles, lint or dried bits of paint getting into nozzle area)
    6. Pour some more cleaning solution into the AB cup
    7. Spray cleaning solution through AB into spray pot for a short time
    8. Cover nozzle slightly to back-flush solution
    9. Spray remaining solution through AB into spray pot until empty
    10. Add additional cleaning solution (or distilled water) and spray until (mostly) clear

    Those are not hard and fast rules, you may find it necessary to modify them to better suit your own methods. I find something along these lines is typically sufficient for color changes, though on some colors you may want to repeat a couple steps to ensure no color contamination.

    When you say you soaked in motor oil, what do you mean? I can't imagine ever needing to submerge the entire brush in oil. I occasionally use some 3 in 1 machine oil on moving parts, but I find that to be a fairly rare task (some oils can swell certain types of o-rings, which may cause issues down the line, such as intermittent air, sticking trigger, etc). Just curious there.
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    This is for pin stripping brushes.
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    Joe, you can buy 1shot reducer and cleaner but mineral spirits is what everyone uses even the pro's, there is a 2 tin cup clip on device you can buy, i will try to find it on the net. Motor oil will be fine for your brushes, again some of the pro's use motor oil but not synthetic, its got to be mineral oil. The tins are these but this is in the UK. http://b082d9.42.ekm.shop/twin-tin-dippersclip-on-1241-p.asp
    Coast may have something similar. Oh and most of the pinstripers pallette their brushes on a glossy magazine page or a plastic lid of some sort.

    Lee
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    Sardine cans (obviously eaten sardines and cleaned cans...) seem to work very well for spirits, cleaning brushes, etc.
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    Ha Ha, sorry my friend, my attention span isn't what it should be today, I clicked the wrong forum area. I still should have known given you said 1 shot and pulled lines, but there are some people (like bloodshot airbrushing) who reduce it and spray it through an AB. Please excuse me! :whistling:

    If a mod wants to delete that post, please feel free!
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    Wife had some small glass jars that seem to be working good.......man trying to get my fingers to figure out the best way to hold the brush is maddening ..

    Ok. No laughing now. Here is the real first attempt ever...

    Now to figur how to upload a pic from iPad.
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    First try

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    I know nothing about Pinstriping, but that looks like a pretty solid first effort to me. Nice job!
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    They look ok, the lines are consistent for thickness and colour, just another few thousand and you will have it. lol
    Supposedly 1000 strokes of each will get you started. It does take ages and lots of practise. Your doing the right thing and practicing on glass makes it harder so that will give you more control in the end. I must break out my brushes again, its been a few years.

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    If you make it to the KKBO theres a pinstriping pit, theyre a good bunch and will let you have a go. I'm painting on one of the stands this year too with a few others. Should be a laugh, and i can have a few beers as I ain't driving, were staying on site.

    Lee
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    That would be good to have a play. It does sound like a great event.


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    What’s KKBO? Also, I think II need a bigger piece of glass. That little play of lines is only like 3x3”. I found my hand going off the glass a lot. My glass is only like 12x6 ish
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    Its an annual show in Lincoln England called the Kustom Kulture Blast Off. I've been going since it started 9 years ago, its based on the Rock and Roll culture/lifestyle, so pinstriping, a bit of airbrush although we're trying to rectify that by making a bigger presence, DA haircuts, and lots of rock n roll, old american cars, trucks, bikes, etc.

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    That sounds like a lot of fun
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    I mainly go for the social event as I don't really go for the rock n roll aspect, plus you could usually get paint and airbrushes etc, Ken Badger is usually there with Barwell Bodyworks who is one of his distributors, but he hasn't been for a couple of years. Specialist paints are there but the other paint suppliers have stopped going but we're hoping to change that. There's been a few airbrush celebs who have attended in the past, Mitch AB Tutor, Marissa Oosterlee, Horny Mike, Dennis Mathewson, Dan Powers, Mickey Harris plus others. There's a group of us who are trying to get the airbrush side bigger. There's no other shows in the UK like this and certainly no airbrush shows. @Adfez @Cordyk @Subzero have been known to pay a visit. It's just nice to catch up with your airbrush buddies that you only usually get to talk to online.

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    I remember when you posted about going to that last year. It looked like a really fun event. Rick and I will have to visit someday after I win the lottery!
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    1 down 9,999 to go LOL .
    So where it the pictures of the first line?
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    Ya had to ask right

    Here they are

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