12.Now for the striping, Steve said, "Ninety-nine percent of pinstriping is having the balls to just pick up a brush and try." Well, we think it takes that and a lot of practice, with good instruction, too. But, he is right. You'll never know if you can, unless you try. The first step is to get the brush loaded with paint (HOK Gold, in this case) and to get all of the hairs in line. You do this by dragging the brush back and forth on the pallet or in this case a phone book. After a few passes, drag the brush down the book and then pick it up, if the paint runs down the hairs and creates a blob on the end,there is too much paint. Just drag it back and forth a few more times on a clean area that should strip out a little paint and get you ready.