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 Post subject: Delicate frame lining.
PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:19 pm 
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What's a good paint, brush and thinner for this sort of work?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:06 pm 
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i have no idea....


but id like to say that that lug work is fantastic looking :)


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 Post subject: paint
PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:06 pm 
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Just plain old Humbrol enamel will do the trick. A '00' brush is fine, pardon the pun. £1.50 from your local model/hobby shop.

Its a steady hand thats needed - keep the angle 45' angle of the brush constant and support your hand with the other one firmly.

Turps or white spirit to clean the brush.

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@bw,
I know what you mean!

@lelob,
Cheers mate!


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The Taylor brothers (who were experts in doing this) used a Bow-spring Mapping Pen I believe. ( http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/de ... aylor.html - and http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Britis ... Taylor.htm)

Even Prince Charles had a go with one when he visited their premises once. I've seen a photo on a website somewhere.

The paint - which can be Humbrol as mentioned above, needs to be thinned slightly (like single cream) so that it runs smoothly. Adjust the jaws of the mapping pen to the thickness you want, load it with paint using a brush, wipe the excess from the outside - and try it out. If you have a rag moistened with thinners to hand you can wipe it off and try again. Practice makes perfect!

EDIT!!

Oops, as usual, I didn't fully look at the OP and now I see it's about lug lining! A mapping pen can be used for this on plainish lugs but for more complicated ones (eg Nervex Pro etc.) a fine sable hair brush is better. However, as there is basically a long line to make, one with sufficient bristles to hold a reasonable amount of paint is needed. A 'Rigger' brush is therefore useful as this has a fine point but has long bristles that hold a larger quantity of paint to allow the line to be made without breaking. The original purpose was for ship painters (the artists that is!) to be able to paint the rigging of tall masted sailing ships. Obtainable from all good artists materials shops. Make sure you clean it thoroughly after use with white spirit and then soap and water and it will last you for years.


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Just a thought...what about those Gold or Silver pens that the girls like to write cards with?


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 Post subject: lining
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:54 pm 
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I've often thought these pens would be good for this. They say they are permanent but maybe UV would get to them. You can get them from a £1 shop or Stationery Box or similar.

A rigger brush is a bit long maybe for the tight turns, I think a little fine pointer brush is better for the novice.


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Cheers lads!


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