That sounds like a cool trick! Damn, I just might have to try that one someday. See folks, you CAN teach a (crusty, grumpy, cantankerous) old dog new tricks! Ya learn somthin' new every day, dontcha? I doubt if it would be more economical for me to undertake such a thing on a regular basis considering how inexpensive my striper is; but it's a good trick to know. Considering I spent the whole afternoon fitting a brake bridge and a chainstay bridge to a frame to perfection; it could easily take me a week to boxstripe a frame. Seriously.
How about putting in the lines that run perpendicular to the length of the tube. Any tricks for those little short ones?
BTW, careful selection of which signpainters enamel you choose for the job is important. One type is made for clearcoating over; the other one is meant for over the top of the paint.
La Mesa, CA
> CMontgo945@aol.com writes:
> > Anybody
> > know the tricks for keeping them straight and clean?
> Cutting back on the coffee, getting ample sleep
> and just a shot of Any-malt Scotch can give you
> just the (straight) edge you need.
> It's like pouring anything into a narrow-neck bottle....
> you can't let yourself think about it too much.
> Get a good quality signwriters enamel like One Shot.
> Clean the surface first with Bon Ami.
> Keep a rag--barely damp with mineral spirits--within reach
> for a quick removal of any off-strokes
> and for trimming off the over-strokes at the corners.
> Use the best quality striper brush you can find.
> Tubes have no edge tend to be tougher than fenders & forks.
> I've had pretty good luck using a length of aluminum square,
> U-channel stock(L-channel would work too).
> Place it on the side of the tube verso the striping
> but offset enough to provide a fence for guide
> for your ring or pinky finger.
> To protect the paint from the metal's sharper edges
> cover them with a couple lengths of split rubber tubing.
> This will do the trick as well as keep the guide
> from slipping around on the slick finish.
> Best of luck.
> Calvert Guthrie
> Kansas City