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Old 02-26-2012, 07:12 AM   #1
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R75/5 pinstripes

I do my own paintwork yet am not a pinstriper. My black project will need new stripes & I'd like to compare hand stripes to what I do with painting myself with pinstripe stencil tape. I don't want a lecture (about they have to be hand done!) just cannot find a hand striper near me-so far. Also , I need to consider that by the time I buy a roll of stencil tape,can of white striping paint & a brush + shipping, I may be pretty near to getting them done custom. The oem stripes are actually quite varied in width as I've measured them closely but stencil tapes are still not on the money as to width and spacing. I've been viewing pics online & can see that many are restored to various arrangements. Ideas? Thanks!
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:41 AM   #2
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I think you've pretty much covered your options - send it out or DIY.

If you're going for the Hyper-Anal-BMW-Purist-Restored resale value option, somebody would take exception with anything other than hand-drawn stripes.

Me? I ain't one of those people.

If you've got the patience and skill to do a good job on it, I say go for it
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:50 AM   #3
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have you looked here: http://www.benchmarkworks.com/

look for pinstriping under the site index, maybe something useful
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:03 AM   #4
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Hey man, guarantee you have a pin guy in your hood. Check the local tattoo parlours. Look at everyones tool boxes where they keep their guns and stuff and I bet youll see one that's all pinned up.

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Old 02-26-2012, 08:05 AM   #5
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Hey man, guarantee you have a pin guy in your hood. Check the local tattoo parlours. Look at everyones tool boxes where they keep their guys and stuff and I bet youll see one that's all pinned up.
Yer smart and shit.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:47 AM   #6
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Yer smart and shit.
Might be smart but I live in the boonies & no tat parlors here...
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:46 AM   #7
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have you looked here: http://www.benchmarkworks.com/

look for pinstriping under the site index, maybe something useful
The measurements on the several oem R75/5 fenders I have are all the same (except for hand variations) & are different than the Earles fork stripe specs given there.
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:41 PM   #8
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The measurements on the several oem R75/5 fenders I have are all the same (except for hand variations) & are different than the Earles fork stripe specs given there.
Thanks for getting back... I wondered about that detail after seeing the article was '55-'69 specific.
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:31 AM   #9
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Alternatively, talk to your local hotrod guys. They often have a good idea of where to find pinstripers.

That's how I found a pinstriper virtually under my nose, just recently.
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:44 AM   #10
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Alternatively, talk to your local hotrod guys. They often have a good idea of where to find pinstripers.

That's how I found a pinstriper virtually under my nose, just recently.



Thats exactly what my thought was when I read the first post. Thats how I found mine. He is 55 and been doing it since he was 16. Loves to do all bikes because it is different. He does it because he likes to. Most of these guys like to keep there skills honed on stuff like this. Oh yea, I am an artist (graphic on the computer) so I am pretty critical and this guys stuff looks great.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:22 AM   #11
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.....Whoever brushes it on, make sure it's done with One Shot Lettering Enamel......or House Of Color Striping Paint.
I've used these two brands for many years......either freehand or with 3M tape......Thick and Thin striping ain't easy,
when you meet your striper get a sample so you can agree on something. By the way, all the tank and fender striping
was done by women at the Factory.....these girls, reportedly, could do a tank in a few minutes. All day long. Not sure
about today, though...are new BMW's pinstriped ??
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:33 AM   #12
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The pinstripers are still around. They just are at low profile, because there is so little demand for piinstriping. You have to ask around.
I never used to like pin stripes, so I never looked close.
But there are some on this forum recently, that purported to be original, that were really varied. Just slopped on, almost looked amateur or first day striper.
Maybe that's the way they were back in the old days.
It depends on the look you want. If you want utter perfection, tape is the way to go.
I have come to like pin striping. It can really dress up any paint job.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:55 AM   #13
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In this case we are talking a thick & a thin to a certain size & spacing, not an artsy job per most of whats on the web. I'm not after a "look". Yes there have been a few newer model BMW's with stripes, but most you see are after the sale jobs. If it comes to stencil tape,I will be the striper and know to use the right stuff as already mentioned. The ISSUE!!! is that the stencils out there don't replicate the original stripe widths & I've looked hard. The idea of "looking local" dies fast when you are rural.
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:58 AM   #14
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....Stencils are not the way to go.......use Scotch 3M 218 Fine Line Tape, available at any good auto paint supply,
it's made in many widths, from 1/16 " on up........it's low tack, and most importantly, it stretches a decent curve and
stays put. 3M makes the best stuff, this tape is pale green , you can create your own desired stripes. Once it's down
and everything is clean, lay on the paint and pull it up soon after, while the paint is wet. Don't wait for the paint to dry,
pull the tape after it sets up.
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:22 AM   #15
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I've got tape on my tank and original paint on the fenders. Looks real good until you get up close. The tape will get banged up with use where (in general) paint will not. Choose your poison.
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