Pinstriping is a Fine ArtThe Artwork in this gallery is user-submitted photos of freehand pinstriping, a traditional decorative art form that uses a brush to lay a thin line of paint, as well as hand drawn lettering, airbrushing and other related parts of the trade. Pinstriping can be found on motorcycles, cars, trucks including hot rods, muscle cars. Nearly any flat, clean surface can be pinstriped, so you'll find that this gallery is full of different support mediums. If you'd like to see a quick video of a pinstriper in action as well as the tools used, have a look at this video for a primer.
Traditions and ToolsThe brushes are usually made of natural animal fibre but can also be made from synthetics, and can be precision cut to handle corners, handle larger paint loads and affect line width. The line size is indicated on the brush: the range from fill to very fine brushes will produce a . Some famous manufacturers of pinstriping brushes include Mack Brushes ( Famous for their series 10 and 20 brushes ), Xcaliber, Kafka and many other custom cuts. One of the most popular pinstriping paints is called Sign Painter's 1shot (or just 'one shot'), a durable enamel paint that comes in single premixed colors. Many stripers will simply mix colors together to produce new hues. Other pinstriping paint brands include: HoK (House of Kolor), Ronan and many others. Some paints can even go under automotive top coats and urethanes.
Appreciating the artIt takes a while to know what constitutes good and bad pinstriping, but just for starters, here are 3 things to help you appreciate freehand pinstriping:
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