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    outlining lugs

    I just powdercoated my frame, and am now going to outline my lugs in white. some folks have used paint pens, is this easier/better (results) than painting with a brush? any advice? I am loathe to go buy pinstriping tape and actually pinstripe it (with a brush and one-shot), if I can avoid it.
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    I'm in the middle of pinstripping the lugs on a frame right now, and it is hard. I decided to use a brush, and I don't recommend it. If you do use a brush make sure you have a rag with paint thinner on it to wipe off the excess paint. The key is to be patient, if you get frustrated and think you'll just do it fast and sloppy to get it over with, you'll regret it big time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CampyGuy
    If you do use a brush make sure you have a rag with paint thinner on it to wipe off the excess paint. The key is to be patient, if you get frustrated and think you'll just do it fast and sloppy to get it over with, you'll regret it big time.


    Yeah, you gotta be very careful with a paint brush. I would advise using one of those quality natural horse hair brushes that are long and thin, that produce a fine line. Look around in arts and crafts shops for a good one, then practise pin striping on a piece of wood or something.

    Another thought would be to take a razor knife and cut some thin 1/8" strips from masking tape and follow the outline of the lugs with it. Then run another 1/8" strip right next to it, leaving a thin line of metal between the strips that you want to paint. Masking tape cut into 1/8" strips will curve and contour around tight bends very smoothly. If you dont trust a steady hand, that would be the way to go.

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    Dr Deltron, our resident pro painter, would point you to using a paint pen. You should be able to search his posts and find his favorite brand.

    I've used a brush and it came out looking like a drunk frenchman did it, just like old french frames

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    I had a car mechanic place that painted cars do mine, they did a great job for $50. And I had the lugs painted differently than the frame, so it was a little more work. I was concerned about the extra money, but I think it was worth it, 8 months later.
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    I like Boss's idea of hiring a pro to do it if you really want it to look skookum. On the other hand, I'm no artist but can paiint a pretty clean, fine line:

    1. Good brush. Buy a decent quality artist's brush. No, don't spend $50 (heck, hire the pro for that $$). But don't buy the cheapest one. Buy 2-3 of the medium cost ones and when you practice, decide which is easier to use. Sometimes the fine ones are too fine and you get sloppy trying to make a thicker line.

    2, Roll the tip: the technique to making a nice line with a brush is to dip in the paint, and roll the fibers of the brush when you remove the excess paint on the rim of the jar. Alternatively, put a puddle of paint on a nice flat piece of paper (freezer paper, paper side out works great). Dip into the puddle, and then remove excess paint by rolling the brush fibers elsewhere on the paper- remove excess and make a nice fine point at the same time.

    3. Brace your hand. When you're making the line, it's critical to set up your work so you can brace your hand so just your fingers are moving the brush. This is absolutely essential. Practice a little and I think that with patience you'll find very satisfactory results.

    I worked in a custom sign shop in my youth ("artistic shop assistant", $2.80/hr - I'm OLD!)). I had NO art background, but the commercial graphic artist taught me everything I needed to know in about 10 minutes. Decent brush, roll the tip, brace your hand.

    Be close to your work when you're doing it, but assess the quality from normal viewing distances.

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