Before we talk about the distinct auto pinstriping methods we need to cover a couple of basic points :
1) Pinstripes are usually done in two colors: one that compliments the body color, and another, thin line, which contrasts to make the stripe stand out. There are no rules: color decision is a matter of personal choice .... and imagination !!!
2) Make sure the surface to pinstripe is absolutely clean. Get rid of all residue with a good pre-surface preparation product OK, now to the distinct auto pinstriping techniques : Mechanical Pinstriping a mechanical auto pinstriping is the best for striping long areas like trucks, vans, or station wagons. The main merit is that it puts down stripes of consistent width, letting you concentrate more on keeping the contour of the stripe aligned along your work surface.
The Buegler pinstriper and accessories are one of the preferred by body shops and pinstripers for their high grade building and consistent operation. The easiest path to use a buegler striper is to set up your stripe line using a magnetic auto pinstriping strip. It adheres firmly to steel surfaces, forms mild curves, and has a center groove designed with the Buegler's govern arm in mind.
The strip can also act as a govern for your hand. Striping with Stencil Tape There are several distinct stencil tapes that are suitable for almost any auto pinstriping application. Stencil tapes let you lay down stripes of distinct colors without waiting for the other stripes to dry. Stencil tape striping requires brushes: the pinstriping brush is the most important component for a magnificent final result. Freehand Striping This auto pinstriping mode is the most advanced one and requires the most practice to leader, but offers unlimited flexibility.
The easiest mode for the freehand striping beginner is to lay down a strip of masking tape about ¼ inch from where you would like the line to be. Use the tape as a visual govern for your stripes. Do not use grade masking tape for edging pinstripes. the pinstriping colourant will seep and bleed under the edge of grade masking tape. The pinstriping can be as plain or as fancy as your patience and stage of skill allows. Regardless of the design, pinstriping is one of the best ways to make your car very distinctive. Like anything worth doing right, practice will make worthwhile results .... and having the best feasible supplies is critical too.