Wednesday, 09 September 2009 04:33

How to Paint Stripes

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How to Paint Stripes

If your new to refinishing and the world of paint you may not know exactly how easy this is to do. Simple striping and designs can be done in a few easy steps. You should have some masking paper, good masking tape and some time to kill.

You will want to pick out your color scheme ahead of time as the stripe color should be applied first. (we are going with a yellow hood / black stripe) Start by applying the color you want as your paint stripe first. You should also consider using a hardener as it makes the paint adhere better and gives you a better line. Once your paint has been allowed to dry well you can begin masking your paint stripe. Here is your visualization of what we have going on, the striped color. You don't need to go all the way to the panel edge if you can avoid it.


Use any combination of tape and masking paper depending on the size of your paint stripe. You can use this to make some easy designs with the tape to if you want to get a bit fancier.

Hood paint stripe Taped

The next thing you will need to do is apply the main color for the rest of the panel. Just paint over your entire panel as you would normally. Try to apply the paint a bit drier over the paint strip, if it gets to heavy it can creep under and wreck your progress. So here is where we are now:

Paint Stripes Taped

After allowing your paint to dry for a good amount of time you can remove the tape, revealing your paint stripe and panel. Next you clear it like anything else. You will notice that the edge of your stripe shows a visible line in the clear, you can get rid of it fairly easily. Once it drys you can wet sand that line with some 400-600 grit paper and re-clear the whole panel.

Paint Stripes
That's what we are left with, pretty easy or what?


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