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I watched a lot of videos. All of them deal with fancy custom designs.
All I want to know is what type and size brush to buy for the 1/8" pin striping on our petrol tanks.
Any recommendations?


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Are you asking for a friend or wanting to this yourself as a one off?

I started down this merry path myself, I do all my own paintwork and have done for a few other bikes but not on any grand scale, probably one set of tinware a year.

If you haven’t any paint on the bike yet, do a base colour of what you want the stripe colour to be, so if it’s white, paint it white, 2k lacquer it and then flat it back before painting your colour.

If you have done your colour you can go one of several ways. One is to use fine lining tape to do your paint line area, then put fine lining tape each side of that and then mask half over that tape so the other areas of the tank are protected. Remove that initial fine line tape and you can then use a brush with your favourite paint and brush it on. This way you will have good edges.

The other is to get one of those beguiler tools for striping. It’s easy to use on mudguards but not so easy on tanks where the shape is more rounded. I’ve done all 3 methods and the best one for me is the first with doing the base coat the stripe colour first. Also that way (like on the 2 gallon oif tank) if your colour coat is darker you can spray the line on. I think you would have some coverage issues trying to spray white over red for example.

But with the brush, it isn’t as easy as those guys make it look and if your doing it just as a hobby.... you’d want to be willing to spending hours practicing before hand or use another method.


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I'm asking for my own use. I understand that I will need to practice, but starting with the correct tool is vital to success. I have one tank with decent enough original paint, but the pin stripes could use a refresh.
When I painted the rear fender on the Bonneville I used striping tape as a guide and masked around that. The only gold paint I could find was a spray can, so I sprayed that into the cap to load the brush. It would take far less time to use the correct brush and a steady hand.


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Pinstriping is a whole other world unto itself. Mack Is a well known brand for brushes. Lots of choices and they can get expensive.

mackbrush.com

House of Kolor for paint. I think they have been bought by another company but Google should get you there.

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There is a special paint you need to use with those striping brushs ?
Coach paint is what you see it called.
Not quite the same consistency as anything else ?

I've got several projects that'll need this, but I'm going with the masked painted stripes.
Or pay someone to do it.
I know my limits !!

I've got a tank that I got cheapish - the lines look like he had the DTs. !

Good Luck, have fun.

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One shot signwriters paint is suppposed to work well
I bought a £20 squirrel hair brush to learn but haven't progressed far yet

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I have great success with One Shot paints as well.

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Just look in Amazon. They have plenty of them.


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Originally Posted by HughdeMann
Just look in Amazon. They have plenty of them.
Yes, I see that, blue squirrel hair brushes for not much money. I was more concerned with the correct size. The charts I've seen give the width of the smallest, 00 at 3/16". I suppose that this is the width of the brush, unladen with paint. I wonder what size would be good for 1/8" wide stripes?
One Shot seems to be the go to paint for this. The smallest can available would probably be enough to waste half of it practicing.
Or I could take the bike to the Redneck Rumble car show this weekend and hope to find a pin striper there.


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I use one shot paint, you’ll probably find you’ll want to mix it with some of their Chromaflow if brush painting.


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I use an 0 size brush for the tanks i do.


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According to my neighbor, whose son does pin-striping, the brush is "everything."

He says when his son completes a job, he thoroughly cleans his brushes, then suspends the bristles in a jar of automatic transmission fluid
to keep them soft and flexible.

When he needs them again, he washes the oil out of them and they are ready for the job.

I also understand that every painter has his own methods, and the above may be an exception to the rules.

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the Google says a Mack 00 sword brush is 7/32 wide
and good for a 1/8" stripe .

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Having seen some pinstripes work on YT I bought some bulk universal cotton gloves from Amazon.
They seem to cut the thumb and index finger off, allowing the hand to slide over the paintwork, but permitting a grip for the brush
The gloves were about 50p each

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David,

The main thing I found is that it is not a hobby you can walk away from. I only ever used to do the odd tank from time to time, a couple of times I approached the striping thinking that since I had fair results the last time it would be just as good. I was far from correct, it would end up looking like a finger painting! It's not just practise but constant practise.

I spent a couple of weeks pulling lines before I striped this Daytona tank, thankfully the OE job was never perfect!
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I only ever use automotive base coat. The last few tanks I did I laid some fine line tape over the finished stripe and wiped away any obvious mistakes with some thinner. Still gives a nice hand pulled look but saves the two weeks practise!
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Some Baby Powder on your fingers keep helps them from sticking. I understand the guy that used to stripe Rolls Royce motor cars would use French Chalk.


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David, if you just want to get the striping done, I know a guy in Bryson City. He did my BMW tank and bags.
You should still buy a brush and paint. When you get really good......we'll know YOU!


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Thanks for all the responses.
I found a guy at the car show last weekend to redo the pin stripes. Of course, he had the faded original stripes to use as a guide.
$100 and it looks original, warts and all. laughing

TankStripes.jpg

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Best way. Nice job done!!


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