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  • how do i apply pinstriping to lorries?

    Posted by ian rankin on November 14, 2002 at 8:27 pm

    I have to apply pinstriping to the doors and various other panels of a lorry.
    The striping is 3mm wide black and the corners have to be scalloped.
    I would appreciate any advice on how to approach this job as it has to be done on site with I have no doubt a few onlookers.
    Regards Ian Rankin

    Mike Brown replied 21 years, 8 months ago 5 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Robert Lambie

    November 14, 2002 at 10:19 pm

    hi ian
    thanks for taking the plunge mate and starting to post… i know you have been a member for some time now 😉

    now i know this may not be what you wanted to hear.. 😀 but could you elaborate a little more on the job you are doing…
    what i mean is… i know it is 3mm stripes..
    is it one 3mm all round the truck.. or maybe multiple lines one above the other etc…
    scalloped.? im not sure what you mean by this.. i dont do alot of pin stripes ian but ill do my best to help if i can.. if i cant im sure somebody on here will help you out 😉

  • Mike Brown

    November 14, 2002 at 10:34 pm

    Hi Ian…


    more soon


  • Martin Pearson

    November 14, 2002 at 11:35 pm

    Nice demo Mike as usual. I would have gone and bought a roll of pin stripping for a job like this, dont know what I would have done about the corners without thinking about it for a while though.

  • ian rankin

    November 15, 2002 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks for the quick and informative reply. I was wondering would you mark out distances from the edge lightly in pencil and work to the marks
    also would you apply the long lenghts by marking each end and apply one end and holding tight stick down the other end to the mark.
    The bottom of the door curves is in the shape of the mudguard is there any tips as to how to follow this shape.
    This posting is quite painless and it works so I must participate more often.

    Again thanks. Ian

  • Neil Kelly

    November 15, 2002 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks for the info Mike on striping:
    ive done something similar in the past on a landscape panel were I left the scollaps attached to the end stripes:
    A tip for cutting stripes space them a stripes width away from each other ( in Signlab use Aray ) it saves on cuts and the possability of unalignment when plotting when finished run a blade down either end of the stipes less wastage and a quicker cut


  • Mike Brown

    November 15, 2002 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks Martin Ian and Neil…

    Ian, you can mark the panels with a crayon beforehand if you want but believe me, there’s little need…after applying a few stripes you’ll know just what looks right. Remember, the less you worry about it – the better it’ll be!

    I would normally anchor one end and then, as you rightly said, just take the slack out of the pinstripe (without stretching it). Choose a point where the line will run too, fix that with your eyes, and with one gentle movement, lower the loose end of the pinstripe onto that spot. Look down it to check it hasn’t “banana’d” (that’s a technical term by the way!) and then apply the squeegee. When squeegeeing pinstripes, remember to run along the pinstripe as if your squeegee’s on rails – don’t deviate from your position on the line or vary the angle. Apply a gentle pressure and work out from the middle point to minimise stress in the line…

    If you leave the wheel arches and other irregular shapes til last – you should have got your ‘eye-in’ by then and be able to scoot around them. Hold the pinline horizontal between both hands at arms stretch. Approach the wheel arch and, keeping the pinline level, anchor one end at the top of the arch using your thumb. With the index finger of the same hand, press down the line onto the panel whilst slowly lowering the other hand (which holds the free end of the line) as you proceed.

    In this way one hand slowly drops as the other hand moves along the pinline, pressing it into place. Latering the speed of either movement will change the arc of the line so the idea is to do it in a steady and regular fashion – it’s a bit like the ‘patting you head whilst rubbing your tummy’ thing, but it’s easy to master. After one or two attempts you’ll be flyin’… 😉 If it goes wobbly or astray – then just back up a way, pulling the line back off and then continue. This type of thing is often easier done ‘by-eye’ than trying desperately to follow pre-made marks.

    Neil, good tips mate – and I can tell these come from experience -they don’t tell you such things in college or in the manuals! 😉 Spacing the lines exactly their own width apart is a great way of getting ‘twice’ the number of lines. I did try creating a continuous line once that went back and forth across the vinyl like the shuttle in a loom…but it took so long to create the shape that I gave up on it! 😛

    thanks again

    more soon

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