Pinstriping With Steve Deman

He Shows Us How To Get On The Straight And Narrow

Calin Head
Aug 1, 2005
Photographers: Calin Head
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One trend that never really went away but is now more in the spotlight is pinstriping. Cool patterns are finding their way onto everything from the hood of a truck all the way to the shop toilet seat - nothing is safe from the lines of a mad striper. Since we're a bunch of guys who want to learn everything, we hooked up with one of the most talented painter/stripers we know: Steve Deman. Steve's work has been featured in just about every automotive-enthusiast magazine out there, and now he's starting a school of custom painting called Kolor Kings. After a little begging on our part, he agreed to give us a one-on-one class on how to pull lines.
If you're interested in attending a class, check out the Web site for appointments and scheduling. The following story will give you the basics to get going, because what it really takes to be a good striper is practice, practice, and then some more practice.
One Shot
Oil-based high-gloss enamels such as One Shot are good for interior or exterior use on metal, glass, or wood. Their flow characteristics ensure the virtual absence of brush marks and provide a clean, sharp edge. The enamels will dry to the touch in two to five hours and can be cleaned up with a good body solvent.
Brushes
The brushes used for pinstriping all come from one of these two types of material that form the tuft of the brush. Synthetics, which are man-made of either nylon or polyester, are very durable and are easier to clean but don't carry color as well as the natural-hair type. Usually made from blue squirrel hair, these brushes will hold a tremendous amount of paint, because they have microscopic scales along the shaft of the hair.

Sources

One Shot
www.1shot.com
Kolor Kings
www.kolorkings.com
Andrew Mack & Son Brush
www.mackbrush.com

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