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Scratched pinstripes

The thought of scratching and ruining a perfect paint job sends chills through even the most experienced modeler. There's nothing worse than destroying the finish with a scratch that's no wider than a pinstripe. Did I say pinstripe? That's what Ruben Soto of Brownsville, Texas, said when he discovered this great technique. We'll let Ruben take it from here:

"I was working on a 1929 Ford dash when I accidentally scratched it with a hobby knife. As I looked closer, I noticed that it looked like a pinstripe. Instead of painting the dash again, I scratched it some more to make them look like pinstripes - and they did! You don't have to scratch too deeply to get a nice set of stripes.

"All you need is a painted body panel and a hobby knife. The color of the layer beneath the surface (whether another layer of paint or the color of the plastic body) becomes the color of the stripe. I used these steps for my dashboard, but they would work on any body panel:

"Tape or hold the panel down on a flat, nonskid surface; I prefer a mouse pad. You can draw the pinstripes with a thin marker, or eyeball them as I did.

"I started by making the first scratch in the center of the dash. Swipe down with one stroke to make the first line. With the right pressure and angle, you should have a sharp and neat pinstripe. From there, build the design by following your lines (or your imagination). For best results, make each line with one continuous stroke of the knife.

"Three words are important for this technique to work: practice, practice, and practice. Experiment with an old panel, dash, or body until you feel comfortable, then attack your best paint job with the confidence of a professional striper."





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