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Old 05-08-2007, 05:03 PM
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The Key to Lettering is?

I would like to get some good info on traditional handpainted lettering techniques. I've been doing this work on paper for some years, but lately have been getting requests to do windows, cars, signs, instruments, etc.

I am primarily interested in hand technique, brush care/trimming, and weather protection/durability info. Greatly appreciate any usable information or referral to a good manual or website.

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If you have been doing the handpainted art on paper then you are probably aware of the the brush care and technique. All that is different is to use one of the paint materials as produced by House of Kolor or similar such as the one shot material..

Usually the artist guys do the striping and lettering on the base coat and then clear over the lettering to give the durability. I would recommend just getting some One Shot and do some practice on some panels to get the drift of it.

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Indeed

OneShot is the material indeed. Since I posted this question I finally used this great medium and I dig it hard. It's funny because I've attempted use of the "rigger' pinstriper brush before with black graphic ink and found it impractical but with that nice paint: suffice it to say it's a great match. Your advice is helpful- however, what is the best oil to keep the brush's longevity? And as far as trimming, is the idea to maintain the basic shape or are there different shapes optimal for different letter styles i.e. script, gothic, "old english", serif, sans, latin, outlines, fills, etc.?
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Actually I just clean mine with a proper reducer..I suppose one could use some kind of oil on them for storage and clean them before using the brushes again to avoid contamination. Auto paint is a bit different deal..

Mack brush is the answer to the brush issue as they have a bunch of styles and shapes that can fit about any style of lettering or pinstriping. As far as trimming all I do is trim any stray hairs that may stick out that can cause an issue..Other than that it is practice practice practice as each painter has his own unique style and methods to get the desired results.

Always use glass or stainless to mix your paint in as the auto paints will melt plastic..(ask me how I know this ) I use the stainless measuring spoons from the kitchen section to mix small quanities of paint and one can get a glass eye dropper at a good druggist or pharmacy to measure reducer as we are using such small quanities of material..Main this is to get the lettering to lay out smooth and thin so there are no bumps or anythign when we clear it..

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Are there any tricks to clearing over One Shot?
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Only trick I know is to use Southern Polyurethane universal clear..This is about the best clear I know of for graphics and such..Just getting used to spraying clear is all..Use a small detail gun for what you are doing..Sometimes if we do this in a shop the painter will do that part..Say on an auto body..

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Hey Ivar,

I suggest you check out www.rockyburris.com. I learned a lot there. It's mostly about pinstriping, but there is info on brush care and trimming.

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Only trick I know is to use Southern Polyurethane universal clear..This is about the best clear I know of for graphics and such..Just getting used to spraying clear is all..Use a small detail gun for what you are doing..Sometimes if we do this in a shop the painter will do that part..Say on an auto body..

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Good. I use SPI UV clear too. What kind of reducer do you use for the 1 shot sign painters enamel, and how much reducer ? I noticed you use an eye dropper for mixing ratios.

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Just order the reducer from HOk for the enamel and it only takes a drop or two of reducer to get it to flow to suit you..One does not use a lot of material in lettering and striping a small stainless measuring spoon fastened to a board works well for the amounts of paint used in lettering..

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Could you use a base coat for lettering or is it to thin ? Something like chromabase basecoat..
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Could you use a base coat for lettering or is it to thin ? Something like chromabase basecoat..
The base coat materials work fine in an airbrush but they just do not flow to my likeing as the brushable materials do. I know picky picky..but then it is my repressed artist coming out.

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