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Pinstriping with Wizard – Finding the Perfect Symmetry

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Step 1:


To complete the design on the decklid we started last time we need to be certain the second color complements the first color, and does not dominate the design. So I mixed approximately 60% tan with 40% dark green onto the pallet.

Step 2:


Next, I lay a piece of blue fine line tape across the area where the last line will go. This prevents me from having to do this step in the middle of the painting process.

Step 3:


I love using small film containers to hold my thinner while I’m painting. They are disposable and easy to carry around.

Step 4:


Blending the tan and green together, I create a nice shade of green. Remember, when mixing your color, the required amount depends on how much you need, and naturally, entire car will take more paint than I have shown here.

Step 5:


My first three lines will be used to fill in the center shapes with the green to give the design “body”.

Step 6:


Coming in from the top, I use the “C” curve – right and left – to frame in the center of the design.

Step 7:


Next, come down from the top with another “C” curve, outlining the outside of the design. Notice the grip-rest your right hand on top of your left hand to avoid hitting the wet paint in the middle of the design.

Step 8:


Follow with a corresponding “C” on the right side. (You should “own” these lines b y now i f you have kept up with the practice lessons from the previous articles. Don’t start here. Get some back issues and catch up.)

Step 9:


This line may seem tricky. Jump up past the left “C” curve and correspond – – it with a similar “C” curve. This should wedge itself into the bottom of the first “C” curve.

Step 10:


Repeat the same process on the other side. Take your time. There’s too much risk in wiping mistakes this far along in the process.

Step 11:


Here, we are going to close it up with a horizontal “C” that connects the two sides together.

Step 12:


I’ll bring the right side into the left, and meet at the center. This is much easier than going clear across with one stroke.

Step 13 & 14:




Next, move down to the horizontal tape line we applied in the beginning. We’re going to “pull” a long horizontal line beginning at the bottom center. Let’s start it at the end of the first “C” and copy i t onto the other side.

Step 15:


Carry this down to within a sixteenth of an inch to the tape line and repeat on the other side.

Step 16:


Change your grip, and “pull” a horizontal line along the ape, without actually touching it. Notice how the decklid serves as a guide for my fingers.

Step 17:


Remove the tape and “pull” a second line along the bottom of the first. This completes the horizontal ground of the stripe. (You might want to measure the distance from the outside of the decklid to make sure both sides are equal.)

Step 18:


This photo shows a top view (the one you normally see as you do the work.) Notice the symmetry. You may want to lay down some Stabillo pencil lines before you begin, or pounce the pattern first.

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