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    Pinstriping with Scotch 3M 218 Tape

    Posted this on "the other site" thought I may get some different opinions here. Anyone have good things to say about this or? Also is it necessary to use a sword brush to paint a strip when using this product or will any artists type of brush work?

    Welcome to the VFF leo.
    Excellent question, to which I have no answer. I will join in the veiwing group to see all the answers.
    Twiss Collector Car Parts


      Hey Leo, WELCOME to the VFF!!

      In the 70's I used something like the tape you are mentioning with very good results. I don't know about the new generation of tapes to reply specifically on these.
      You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!


        Yes, have used that product with good results. You do not need the special brushes, any artist brush will do.
        One Shot is a fav brand of enamel for stripers, and you can mix up whatever color you want. I have also used small cans of rustoleum and mixed up colors, for example their yellow and white for a tacoma cream.

        There is another product of striping tape that actually was wider, but scored in several widths. You applied the tape, then pulled off the width you wanted, exposing the car underneath. Even though I have an entire roll of it here, for the life of me I cannot find it to give you the mfg PN, sorry. However, this didn't work for corners, but made the straightaways easy, since you did not have to space the two strips of tape yourself

        As always I would practice on an old fender first. The nice thing about striping is that if you mess up, just wipe away with a good quality reducer (I would avoid lacquer thinner, it can leave a residue) and do it over

        Be sure to clean the area well first with standard body shop pre-cleaner/wax remover, has various names. The stuff is actually naptha. This will not harm the finish. If the car is lacquer, tho, I am not sure what it will do. Test in a hidden area
        Last edited by tbirdtbird; 02-14-2018, 12:11 PM.


        • Mitch
          Mitch commented
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          Welcome Leo!!!!!!!

        There is nothing like a good professional striping job. It just finishes the car beautifully. If you have put a few thousand dollars into painting the car, isn’t it worth a couple hundred more to stripe it properly? Every time I look at what my striper did on my cars, I feel good, and I don’t miss the money. We who live in Portland are fortunate to have a fellow who is quick, correct, and reasonable.


          Where are you Leo, that might help, we have an excellent striper here where I live and feel fortunate.


            Bring the car to Branson and have Jim Brand stripe it..
            3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
            Henry Ford said,
            "It's all nuts and bolts"
            "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

            Mitch's Auto Service ctr


              Hey guys, thanks for the welcomes and input. I do appreciate it greatly.....


                To add to Brent's post, we tried doing the striping ourselves. We took some advice and ordered painting tape from Finesse Pinstriping in New York. Many patterns and widths available. Place the tape, remove outer layer use 1 shot sign enamel or Finesse's paints/ supplies (no lacquer or paints with acetone, etc.) and sword brush which holds a lot of paint. 1 coat will do it. Then peel off back layer immediately and you have as perfect a job as you can lay down the (stencil) tape without waves, etc. for minimal expense. We tinted white and ivory with yellow to get the shade of straw needed per stds and also Vermillion. We've done 3 cars with this stuff, model A is about 3/32" width measured from an original car. The thinner tapes can go around corners fairly easily or use 1/8" wide body shop masking tape on both sides at very sharp radii.
                Last edited by plyfor; 02-14-2018, 06:41 PM.


                  Ford paid his pin stripers a premium at the Rouge..quality and speed..


                  • Jeff/Illinois
                    Jeff/Illinois commented
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                    I read once that was a back-breaking job, those guys got pretty sore doing that.

                  • CM2
                    CM2 commented
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                    time management the the job in the allotted time or you will get your number pulled.

                  • CM2
                    CM2 commented
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                    at the rouge 'pulling your number' meant taking your employee number to the were done.

                  FWIW: I still have my Dad's vintage "Weldon", (75 + year old pin stripping tool), with a wheel, glass paint bottle, and adjustable heavy wire guide which can still be be found occasionally on Ebay from about $14.00 up, from time to time.

                  Worked well about 50 years ago when pin stripping my Model A Coupe.

                  Similar modern 2018 pin stripping tools with wheels are close to and upwards of $100.00.


                  • Denis4x4
                    Denis4x4 commented
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                    I've used that tool many times and there is another version that comes with a magnetic strip to use as a guide that really works well.

                  JC Whitney sold that same tool Henry just pictured, and I bought one in the early 70's. The only time I used it was to pinstripe my uncle's old horse buggy, and it did a nice job. Unfortunately that buggy and a couple collector John Deere tractors were lost in the shed fire when My cousin was burning the grass in the ditches.


                  • H. L. Chauvin
                    H. L. Chauvin commented
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                    Hi Tom,

                    My Dad, born (1902), collected and restored old out-of-use (4) wheel buggies, two (2) wheel sulkies, spring carts, etc.

                    Most of the wood had rotted, but the metal hardware was still usable. In our store back then, we still sold ash buggy wheel spokes, horse collars etc.

                    He used that same Weldon wheeled tool for pin stripping the restored painted wood buggies.

                  The title of this thread might have been, “Pinstriping with scotch.” There used to be an excellent pinstriper in Portland whose “fee” for striping a car was a pint of scotch, paid up front. He would take a few (or more) good swigs, mix his paint, take a couple more swallows, and approach the car with brush in hand. And that hand would be shaking like you’d think he’d get the headlights striped before he even found the car. But man, when the hand went down to the molding, it was steady as Gibralter, and the line was perfect. A complete Tudor in 15 minutes. Then he’d pack up his paint, brushes, and pint, if it wasn’t empty, and be on his way. I can’t remember his name; he died before I was old enough to legally purchase his “fee”. But he was legendary, and oldtimers still talk about him.


                  • H. L. Chauvin
                    H. L. Chauvin commented
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                    Hi Ray,

                    FWIW: Those were the good old days going back through Model A Times:

                    Prior to our prolific U. S. Government assistance, I remember quite a few roaming, rural Hobos dressed in rags with beards who today appear to be included in our Homeless Societies. Many of these roaming guys were talented and gifted .... some I saw ate dog food from dog food cans ... many were gifted sign painters who painted State Highway Signs on plywood for drinks for years prior to the later silk screen sign painting process provided on aluminum.

                    At our distant large city farmers' market, a few Hobos painted names on farmers' trucks. One illiterate farmer I knew stuttered, but he could spell his name. His local German origin name ended in "MANN".

                    He drove up to my Dad's store the following day in the late 1940's and was shocked to find out his Hobo sign painter was also illiterate .... this Hobo carefully listened to this stuttering farmer's spelling and had provided (5) "N's" on the end of his name ...... this was a typical local funny story for quite a few years.