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Old 02-09-09, 12:54 PM   #1
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Paint Pen/Lug Lining

Following some of the forum wisdom about using paint pens for lug lines and how to get paint in engravings, I did my first attempt as shown below. Sharpie yellow extra fine paint pen, Sherwin Williams "Gecko" green. The lug lines seem pretty durable. Up close, the lug lines are a little messy, but the original ones actually were sort of messy too, it wasn't like they were put down by some robot CAM machine.



Here is a little larger image.
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Old 02-09-09, 01:06 PM   #2
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paint pen

Look fine to me. I'd be interested in a followup post in a month or so to see if the paint pen seems to be holding up to weather and use. I'd always been tempted myself. tom
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Old 02-09-09, 01:23 PM   #3
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I think it is going to be reasonably durable - there was one short area on the crank lug that I wanted to redo after it dried for about 4 hours, took a lot of effort to get it off with a rough cloth and mineral spirits. But time will tell for sure.
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Old 02-09-09, 01:24 PM   #4
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Wow, looks pretty good; how 'bout some boxlining on the tubes...

(my Legnano: gold=paint pen, red=ruling pen with model enamel)
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Rubbing alcohol takes off a regular Sharpie, FYI.
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Clearcoat for durability?
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Wow, looks pretty good; how 'bout some boxlining on the tubes...

(my Legnano: gold=paint pen, red=ruling pen with model enamel)
How did you do the boxes, that is actually something I'd like to do - how did you get straight lines -freehand? I don't think I could do that.
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Nice work, and I really like the color choice

I did mine fairly recently using a pinstriping brush and paint, it wasn't too hard but a pen would have been easier.

Did you find that the Pain pen left a decent bead as you worked with it or did you need to trace over the lines a few times to get it to look nice?

Cool lookin frame
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Did you find that the Pain pen left a decent bead as you worked with it or did you need to trace over the lines a few times to get it to look nice?
Most places I only had to do once, although there was some touchup here and there.

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How did you do the boxes, that is actually something I'd like to do - how did you get straight lines -freehand? I don't think I could do that.
I used a steel rule made for inking... has thin rubber under it to raise the edge for the long lines, freehanded the ends.

I bought some pinstripping daggers, but haven't messed with them yet.
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Rubbing alcohol takes off a regular Sharpie, FYI.
Yep, and the black sharpies turn purple after awhile, I believe. I don't know how well the colored sharpies fare.
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Robatsu, that is a lovely frame, nice work. You should be proud.
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Yep, and the black sharpies turn purple after awhile, I believe. I don't know how well the colored sharpies fare.
This is a sharpie Paint Pen, not a regular black/colored ink sharpie.

@robatsu: which point did you use, Fine or Medium? (I assume you did not use Bold)
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Congrats and pretty nice job. I've been doing the lug outlines for about 11 years now with "paint pens" (I believe they're lacquer). I purchase mine at a local craft shop called Michael's, here in So. Cal. I've used the pens on painted and powder coated frames. I generally wait about a month minimum before I outline a freshly painted or powder coated frame. If I screw up when I'm using the pen I can clean up easily with mineral spirits or carnuba wax. Make sure the areas to be outlined are real clean and free of grease. Sometimes you have to do 2 to 3 passes with the pen with 30 minutes worth of drying time in between. A lot of frame builder/painters are using these pens then applying clear over the outlines, go with light coats of the clear or the paint from the pens will run. Here's a tip: you can use the fine point pens to touch up scratched decals on your frames. Anyway, your frame looks great and the little extra you added goes a long ways.
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@robatsu: which point did you use, Fine or Medium? (I assume you did not use Bold)
I used an extra fine - I figured it would be easier to start with that and go bigger if necessary than vice versa.
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Black ink Sharpies are dark purple. I discovered that when I tried to hide a scratch on a black car with one.
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