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Once everything is prepared, the procedure is as follows: Similar to other paints, One-Shot can be mixed to create colors that may not be readily available.

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However, it is excessively thick out of the can. You will need to add a small amount of turpentine to thin it out. The paint can be “polished,” which entails mixing the paint with turpentine on a pad of paper. You want the paint to be thin enough to make a good, long line, but thick enough that it remains opaque. If the substance is excessively thick, it will glop. If it is too thin, it will run and appear see-through.


You must “load” your paintbrush with paint. If you fail to do so, the brush will halt when being pulled down the side of a vehicle. A properly filled brush should let you complete at least half of the side in a single stroke. Mixing the paint with turpentine, as I indicated previously, not only allows you to dilute the paint but also slows the drying process and enables you to create long continuous lines.

Correct position

If you choose to walk on a long, straight path, maintain proper posture! To be able to draw the line for as long as possible without stopping, it is crucial to be comfortable in your position. Even if you are creating an intricate design, you should be comfortable and calm. Being excessively tense or improperly positioned might have disastrous consequences!

Your line relies on pressure, so be constant with it. Determine the intended aesthetic early on and maintain it throughout the design process. Light pressure produces a thin line, whereas more pressure yields a thicker one. Depending on the breadth of the line or pattern, you will need to focus on either elevating the brush or lowering it to be more parallel with the surface.

Straight course

If possible, when driving in a straight path, follow the car’s body lines! They are present and available, so why not utilize them? You may easily utilize the body lines as a point of reference when drawing a new striped line. If you are not skilled at eyeballing, you can also use thin line tape to map out the area. The tape enables you to create a straight line along with the car; however, you must maintain consistency on both sides. In other words, if you decide to go below the tape line on one side, be careful not to go ABOVE the tape line on the opposite side!

If you are creating a design with many colors, you should wait at least one hour before applying the second color. One-Shot has a slow drying period of about 45 minutes, so allowing the initial color to dry before adding more will ensure that it is completely dry.


If you make a mistake, have no fear! If the paint is still wet, wax and grease remover removes it cleanly. As long as you’re within the 45-minute window, feel free to make as many mistakes as you’d like!

Be sure to properly clean and store your brushes when you’re finished. You have already spent a great deal of time grooming them and ensuring that they meet your requirements. It is possible to use lacquer thinner to remove paint off brushes, however, it is also known to dry out the bristles. Therefore, after cleaning the brush, dipping it in lard oil will keep the bristles supple. My father maintains a moist paper towel in the bottom of his toolbox. After using a brush, he dunks it in the lard oil and lays it flat on a paper towel. This assures that the bristles will be lovely and soft and straight the next time he uses the brush.

Organize your brushes

Let’s return to the section where I suggested mixing your paint with turpentine. It improves the paint’s consistency and facilitates the creation of a long, smooth line. You may be wondering if other compounds could be substituted for turpentine. The answer is likely not. Lacquer thinner is too “hot,” or too potent, and acetone is too “flashy.” Acetone with pinstriping can be compared to fingernail polish most easily. If your fingernail polish is thick, you can dilute it with a small bit of acetone, but if you use more acetone, it will remove the paint. The same applies to pinstriping. You could use acetone to thin the paint once, but reapplying more acetone could cause the pinstripe paint or the car’s paint to wrinkle.

BEFORE pursuing pinstriping as a hobby, you MUST have a comprehensive understanding of automotive paints and finishes. A typical DIYer would be unaware that acetone may damage car paint. A commoner would not know whether pinstriping can be clear-coated or sanded. However, to answer your concern, One-Shot paint CAN be removed if it is not sanded. You must first prepare the base color, then pinstripe, and finally clear. In addition, it would be useful to know that lacquer-coated vehicles lack agility and that a pinstripe would likely not adhere. When properly executed, pinstriping can last for a very long period. A LONG period. Depending on the vehicle, the base paint, and the number of times it is waxed and polished, stripes and designs can last at least 10 years. AND clear coats/catalysts that make One-Shot much stronger and more durable than that are available.

Utilize the paintbrush

I’ll conclude my ramblings about pinstriping with one final point. My saintly father has always believed that a car is “just a car.” He told me this when I was a 15-year-old with a learner’s permit who was too nervous to drive his ’32 Roadster, and he told me the same thing when I was too afraid to attempt pinstriping for the first time. But, it’s just a car, and as I told you previously, mistakes can be rectified with a little wax and grease remover! So, with some guidance from my father, I took up a paintbrush and tried my hand at pinstriping. What did I discover? It is TOUGH. How should the brush be held? How much force should I exert? Is my pressure uniform? Am I following the body lines enough closely? I possess many crafty skills, but not THAT skill. When I require striping services in the future, I will likely use specialists.