Monday, January 2, 2012
The Sharpie Pro Street Camaro Part 13 & 14
At this point, all the panels that I cleared last week were wetsanded/prepped by Miguel so that the entire car could be uniformly cleared- but first the pinstripes have to be done. The owner and I had talked a lot about the color choices to outline everything on his car and eventually arrived at Green. I was certain from the beginning that I'd be pinstriping by hand with a brush (because I'm pinstripe chris)... but it seemed this car had other plans for me. After a lot of last minute running around to try and find the colors to make the shade of green we imagined- on a holiday weekend looking for a paint that no one sells- eventually we found enough to make something out of. I made a few variations of clean bright greens and ran a few test stripes on the hood scoop for comparison. After Steve picked one, we went into the booth to lay it down. I spent a good amount of time trying to get nice lines down the edges of the panels, but ran into several problems. Rather then make excuses I will just flat out say that I wasn't able to make the lines as nice as the lines I managed to make with Sharpies on the rest of the car. I could do Ok, but not enough to do the rest of the job and car justice. So a new idea was born- Pinstripe it with Sharpies. The next morning we set out to different locations to find Sharpie Paint Pens in a usable shade of green. We found a green that worked and Steve bought as many as they had (just in case). The application was done by using fine line on just 1 side of where the stripe would be (the sharpie panel side) and very carefully running the marker like a brush against the edge. The result is a prefectly located stripe that still has some of the hand done qualities to it, as well as a very nice opaque color that dries very fast. Best of all worlds I'd say. Since I could only run the tape for the straight lines, I did all the corners free hand with a slightly smaller marker using the same green. The color really does look awesome against everything else that's on the car, and no job is really complete without pinstripes. So this car was really Sharpied through and through. I was finishing up the 'pinstripes' while Miguel was masking up the car for final clear. Miguel is the painter/bodyman at Steve's shop, Auto Italia in Rockville, Maryland. He really knows his stuff and is an excellent painter. He did the main bodywork and initial paint job on this Camaro- so the car was really nice long before I got to it. He'll be taking the car from the point where I finished up the pinstripes all the way to finish. It's really nice to share a big job like this with someone where we could each work in phases rather then 1 person doing everything. Next up will be cleared pics!