Subtle isn’t a word that’s often associated with the art of customising cars, but pinstriping is different. Pinstriping a car can be a beautiful, elegant and, yes, understated way to add decorative flourishes that enhance the curves and contours of the bodywork.
History and mystery
The history of pinstriping goes back to the heyday of California hot rod culture from the late 1950s onwards. When you talk to someone about how to pinstripe a car and they start dropping the names of legendary ‘stripers’ like Von Dutch, you know you’re in the presence of a real fanatic.
But despite looking so great and having so much history and mystery surrounding it, pinstriping is perhaps the simplest kind of customising to accomplish. All it takes is a bit of care and patience – and the right pinstriping tape from JTape.
JTape striping tape is specially designed to make pinstriping cars really simple, and deliver the all-important sharp clean, perfectly defined line. And it
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail
As with any painting or decorating task, the right preparation is essential. Start by thoroughly cleaning the surface you’re about to pinstripe. Remove not only dirt but also any deposits of wax or polish.
Next, apply the JTape pinstriping tape along the side of your vehicle, press the tape down firmly as you go to remove any air bubbles that could potentially mar the quality of the finish. Peel away the release tape sections you need to create the kind of stripe you have in mind.
Mask off the surrounding areas with ordinary JTape masking tape to protect them from overspray. Spray evenly over the desired area. Remove the tape once the paint is dry. Job done.
Now all that’s left to do is admire your superb, professional looking pinstriping. Von Dutch himself couldn’t have done a better job.