It can, indeed, be done in the basement with model paint. I did it. Had to practice a bit, and had to correct some mistakes, but it can be done. See results here:
Looks a lot better than the lug lining on my '73 Raleigh RRA, if I do say so myself!
Wayne Bingham Lovettsville VA
Wayne! Nice job!
I have to say, of all the factory lug-lining jobs I've ever seen two stand out: the lug-lining on 60s Paramounts (I still covet one in canary yellow with red lug-lining and chromed head-lugs.. I have yet to find one in my size...found a white one once, but the owner wouldn't sell it to me..I made him a really good offer too..<g>) That particular lug-lining style on Paramounts is unique in my experience.. did any other marque do it that way?
...and, also, the lug-lining on Swiss Condors, a seldom-seen marque...the lugs are flawlessly lined on the the *top* of the lugs, rather than on the tubes, or at the joint. Very elegant, as can be seen here:
I'm lucky enough to be caretaker of this particular steed.