Re: [CR]Box Lining

Example: Framebuilders:Brian Baylis

Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 10:20:27 +0000
Subject: Re: [CR]Box Lining
From: Bob Reid <>
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It's interesting to note that no one has suggested using the traditional method of applying box lining, by use of a proper lining brush or even the neat little roller tool that's been available for a long number of years, with what looks like an airbrush paint cup mounted on top. On a visit to the Raleigh factory some years back, one my friends was astounded to watch the speed at which a single frame could be lined by one woman (predominantly women did it no doubt for there patience and care !) and how they had an uncanny knack of not slowing down towards the end of the line therefore avoiding thickening. All of it was done with a long fine lining brush and a rag, to square off the ends, in what seemed like minutes, with nothing to guide the brush other than the operators eye, and the tube itself. I used to work alongside professional signwriters, whose considerable skills have never failed to impress me.

If you look at most frames from either side of the WWII when box lining seems to have been all the rage, it is difficult to believe that it wasn't machine applied, such is the squareness and consistency. I guess it takes months of practice, day in day out, and a very steady hand. Quality can be a bit inconsistant these day's - I've had one frame done as well as the original was in 1951, yet another from the same painter with converging lines - I guess he was having an off day !

Bob Reid