Step 1: Preparation
Clean the area where the vinyl will be applied. Rubbing alcohol is preferable. This will remove any existing dirt or oil present on your work. The air and application surface should be between 60 and 80 degrees F.
- Pinstriping Mask (available from www.raceweb.org)
- Squeegee (credit card will do)
- Razor blade or Xacto Knife
- Striping Brush
- Striping paint such as One Shot
Step 2: Mask Application
1. Cut off excess vinyl around edge of mask as required and discard.
2. Locate mask on surface and hold in place with masking tape. Measure from Top and bottom and side to side to ensure mask is exactly where you want it.
3. Start peeling off the backing and remove half of the backing paper with your scissors. Be careful during this step to ensure that none of the mask is left sticking to the backing paper. (I didn't pay attention and had some minor problems around the eye brows)
4. Adhere the mask to the surface and gently smooth into position working from the center outward using your squeegee.
5. Remove masking tape and then the remainder of the backing paper.
6. Adhere the remainder of the mask to the surface and gently smooth into position
7. Smooth down the whole image to ensure mask is properly adhered.
Step 3: Premask Removal
Step 4: Paint
2. Use multiple colors if desired. Note that you can use these templates with an Airbrush but a regular brush will give it that hand painted appearance.
3. When you are done painting, paint a small area on the mask to use as a test area for testing dryness.
In this example four different colors were used.
Tip: Start with the lines in the middle of the pattern and work your way towards the edges to prevent smudging.
Step 5: Mask Removal
2. When the paint is tacky slowly peel the mask off at 180 degrees to itself. Be very careful to Not touch the painted areas
3. Use your Xacto knife to carefully lift the small pieces of mask up. Use extreme care during this step to avoid nicking the paint or your original surface
Step 6: Finished
These masks are available in several designs and are reasonably priced. I found different designs on several web sites but liked the ones on www.raceweb.org the best. They came with instructions which I used to develop this Instructable.
What would I do differently next time?
1. Plan my colors more carefully. I used red for the flames and when the mask was remove the red did not stand out as much against the background of the stained guitar.
2. Refinish the guitar body first. The Guitar that I used was pretty beat. The striping turned out well however all the nicks, scratches and marks on the body take away from the overall look of the striping.
3. Work from the center out to prevent smudges. I got caught up in the excitement and didn't think about what I was doing.