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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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    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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by dbakl View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by deez View Post
    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.
    Last edited by robatsu; 02-09-09 at 02:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robatsu View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Fat Guy View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylar View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by deez View Post
    @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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