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.

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.

Kolor Kings
Andrew Mack & Son Brush
One Shot