The question of how to do lug lining can be answered in several ways. Since I like the style of old British paint jobs on the work I do, I've had no choice but get good at it. In Britain they used what I think is called a sword brush but I am going on bad memory. Whatever it is called it is a very long bristled brush that is thicker at the base and kind of flat and this width stays the same for awhile and then goes to a fine taper. I think that the paint shop in England that I visited in the 70's that did Hetchins and Hurlows and Condors was called Broma's or something like that. The British experts can set the spelling correct. I remember watching them for tips. They just dipped in the paint and let is rip around the lugs with that style brush I mentioned. Boy were they fast but not particularly perfect. That way paint can be loaded up in the base so you don't have to stop the line to dip into the paint can to reload. I can buy one at my paint supplier in South Bend. Some have used the metal rollers but that is for motorcycle tanks and not against lug edges. I like to use a felt tip pen in metallic colors. I also keep some toothpicks to scrap away boo boos. Another tool in my box is just a painter brush with long bristles and a fine tip that is round and not flat like the above mentioned sword brush (if that is what it is really called). The very most important tool needed is lots of patience and a steady hand. Fortunately I have both or I would be in a different line of work. That isn't to say I like doing it however. Charging more help keep that work in line.
Doug Fattic Niles, Michigan
I've also done it with enamels meant for plastic models (I've
used both Testors and Humbrol, although the latter may no
longer be available in the USA). But I've often wondered if
the stuff used for pinstriping cars would work better? After
all, it has a higher lead content so it is more opaque, even in
the light colors. This is the stuff I'm talking about:
Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia
> Wayne wrote:
> 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
> 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,
> 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
> 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
> I'm lucky enough to be caretaker of this particular steed.
> Charles Andrews
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