The majority of the sign is all hand painted the boarder, letters and old GMC are all hand painted and some custom mixed colors to match the original sign, with highlights done using an air brush. I painted the signs one color/element each night in assembly line fashion getting faster each night, the finish photo below is out in the garage as that's where I air brushed the highlights on the hand painted signs.
Reflecting on the project a lot of time was wasted setup and taring down each night as it was just to cold to paint in the garage and not having dedicated studio has me hunting around for things like an hour long search for the air brush...
Posted by Chris Sullivan
Last minute free time, for some great cars and pinstriping!
I'll be heading to Detroit Autorama for Saturday only, too many responsibilities at home.
Pinstripers are auctioning there panels for charity www.leaderdog.org so done miss it!
There is also a good read, (well I'll read it later) but please have a look at Detroit News article on the show.
Be There or Be Square!
Hand painted Pin Striping is a love and a challenge especially on 15 foot plus lines, I start off this job with no tape down the side of this red Cadillac and just could not keep a consistent distance from the body line.
To fix my problem
I used some green 1/4" painters tape, the adhesive of this tape will not stay on the car after you remove the tape.
Placing the tape line 1/4" higher then were I wanted to stripe the Cadillac, on both sides of the car, note before adding this guide line I made a couple reference points on the front and rear quarter panels to keep both sides symmetrical.
Once the tape was down the hand painted Pinstriping began
I was lucky enough to have access to a camera with a polarized lens, the lens is adjustable and takes out the glare and making the colors pop.
Below is a Pinstriping panel I painted in 2010, I had never be able to get good picture until now.