How To Paint (Pinstripes and Decals) THE EASY WAY – Eastwood Mustang Project

(country music) – How do you paint stripes
and decals on a car? If you ever wondered that, well we’re gonna show you in this video. (tires screeching) Hey Youtube, this is Donny Smith and welcome to another
Eastwood video series. This is the video series
where we’re taking the mustang from start to finish, step-by-step. And now we’ve got the car painted. we’ve got the base coat on, and now we’re gonna apply
some decals and stripes. Now stripes and decals, any
type of custom painting, it’s time consuming,
takes a lot of masking. This video was a little bit long. I sped it up, but I did still keep all the footage in there
so you can see step-by-step the steps we took on this
mustang to get it painted. If you remember a previous video, before we stripped it all down
and got all the decals off, it had a decal and some
stripes on the bottom. It said mustang. Before we stripped those
off, took the decals off, we made that template out of paper. We used some masking paper
and used some charcoal to highlight the lettering and stripes, and that gives a couple options. We’d have something to hand
mask if we want to do that, but what we did is we took that and took it to a graphics company and they made us a stencil out of that. It’s about the same thing as a decal, except where the stripe
is gonna be with this, that’s where the red paint is going to go, and a decal would kind of be the opposite of that, the reverse of that. So if you’re gonna do
that, be sure to explain to the graphics company what you are doing and they can help you out from there. And another thing, you might also mention that if they have a less tacky vinyl tape, so it doesn’t stick quite as
good as the regular decals do, because you want to be able to get this and peel it off when you’re done doing your stripes and everything. When working with stripes
and decals like this, not necessarily pinstripes, but decals, put them up there … We have some guidelines,
areas that we’re going by like the body lines
where we’re lining it up, but you want to make sure it fits right because if you don’t,
however you put it on, that’s how it’s going
to be after you mask it, so you want to make sure it’s right. But what we’re doing here,
and you can’t really see it because the camera angle is kind of bad, but I have a spray bottle with some water, and I’ll do this with decals too if it’s the vinyl stick-on decals, but I’m gonna spray the back of this, and this will allow
you to put it on there. And if something’s not quite right you can still pull it off. If you don’t do that
getting it on and off, if you have to pull it off and realign it that can mess your stripes up. So we did that. We’ve got the stripe on there, making sure everything’s aligned right. And we want to do this before we start squeegeeing it on there. So as you can see we did have to pull it back and forth a couple of times. And I’m gonna step back. You want to make sure everything’s right, and once it is then you
can start pushing it down, making sure that it’s pressed
up against the car good. Looking at some reference
points from different sides, making sure everything is
the way it’s supposed to be. So we’re starting to push it down, and once we get it pushed down really good we can get a squeegee. Or we use one of your
body filler spreaders, that will work, a credit card, anything. It’s much like window
tint, you’re gonna start pressing out all the bubbles, any water that may be left under there. You’re just gonna basically
squeegee that out. And you kind of start from the center, just like with window
tint, and work outwards, and that way you don’t have any bubbles that get trapped in the center area. This method has always worked well for me. There may be other ways to do it, this is just the way I do it. Now if it’s a pinstripe,
something small like that, I don’t use water for something smaller. But anything big, even if it’s a decal that’s going to stay on the car, I will do this, squeegee it on, and then when it dries it’s
going to stick on really good. Just like window tint,
it sticks really good. Before we go any further I wanted to talk about these stripes just a little bit. In this photo here we are
pulling the backing off, and then we can apply the water to the decal and then apply it to the car, but what I want to talk about,
what I want you to notice in this photo, is the different
stripes in this stencil. Whenever we made this, when we took it to the graphics company, we had them put additional stripes on
there, just so it would give us options, because
we wasn’t sure at the time what we wanted to do, if
we wanted to have multiple stripes above the main
red stripe, or just one. So we went ahead and put
multiple stripes on there. It would give us some type of
options like these right here. Now this is just some cheesy graphics I did on the computer, and
I am not a computer guru, but it will give you the idea
of what I’m talking about. So we had different stripes above the main stripe in case we wanted … If you look at the top
one, it has two stripes above the main stripe, two red stripes. The second one has one, the
third one don’t have any. But anyway, this gives us all the options. We could do a number of things. So we wanted to have that option so whenever we dropped them
off we had them do that. Now we ended up picking the middle one, which is the original one. If you remember the original decals that is what it looked like and that’s what we’re gonna go with. Okay, back to installing these decals. We’re gonna to the same thing over here. We’re peeling the backing off, we’re gonna apply water to the back side, and then we’re gonna apply it to the car. Make sure that it’s lined up right, that it’s the same on both sides and it’s not at an angle or
crooked or anything like that. Because like I said, once
you get this mask off and paint it on it’s there to stay. It’s going to be there for forever. Getting it squeegeed out, all
the bubbles out of this side, just like we did the other side. Make sure all of the
bubbles and water is out. Now we went back to the other side. Notice we let it dry for a little bit. Set up so the letters and the
striping would stay there, the ones that we wanted to stick on there, so we allowed it to dry a little bit and now we’re pulling it all off and it’s just going to leave the stripes that it’s supposed to. It’s going to leave the
outline of the mustang and the outline of the stripes
we’re gonna paint on there. So we’re taking it off. Now the stripes, the vinyl, is black, that’s left on the car,
so you really can’t see what it looks like because
it matches the car. But they are on there right now. And also, even after you pull that off you want to make sure that
the vinyl is on there, it hasn’t peeled up anywhere. If there’s any problems take care of it, because if you’ve got an edge or something that’s loose, that
paint’s gonna seep through and it’s not going to look good. It’s going to look horrible
if you have a real fuzzy line, or some of the red paint gets
where the black should be. You can fix that before you clear coat it. You can go back and sand it a little bit and spot, you can spot
paint if you have to, but it’s best just to try to make sure you don’t have to do
that in the first place. So now we’re just outlining that stripe. We’re going back to the edge of that tape, that vinyl tape, which you can’t see it, and we’re just applying masking tape, and that’s just going to give us something to mask to whenever we put the paper on, because we’re gonna apply masking paper beyond that point, because we don’t want to get any over-spray on the car. That’s the worst thing. You won’t get it clear-coated
and not notice until the end, and then notice that there was some red over-spray that got on the black. That’s something we want to avoid. Any type of … Especially stripes, but any
type of painting, really, on an automotive,
there’s a lot of masking. But especially with stripes
and custom painting, there’s so much masking. There’s a lot of masking. And then the spray time used
on these little stripes, and it doesn’t take too long. And remember, take your
time during this stage. I know masking is kind of tedious, but however it looks when it’s masked off, however good of a job
you do, that is exactly what it’s going to look
like when you’re done. Now what I’m doing here,
I’m using a special tape. This is made by 3M Scotch. But it’s a pull-out tape. And you apply it, and then
it has like five strips for a choice that you can pull out. There’s different ones
depending on how wide you want the stripe, or
if you want two stripes by each other, you can
pull that strip out. It’s pretty neat tape. Works real well for pinstripes. Notice we didn’t use the water on this, we just applied it on there. But we’re also going down the
car and we’re applying it. Now we’re not sticking it down hard yet, we still want to be
able to pull the tape up and adjust if we need to. Then once we have it on there, then we can pull the
strips out that we want, where we want the red paint
to make the pinstripes at. So you can see we’re looking at it, and that’s very important. Really look at it and make sure that it looks right,
that it’s what you want, because if not, it’s going to look odd when you unmask everything. You’re gonna see a crooked
pinstripe or something like that. So go around the car,
make sure it looks right, look at it from angles, stand back, and then once you’re happy with it then you can go around and
push it down good and tight because you don’t want it loose anywhere because that will allow
the red paint to seep under and that will look horrible
to have a fuzzy line where paint had got under the tape. So once you got it there,
you push it down really good and pull the strips, and you are ready. Then you’re gonna do the same thing. That’s what he’s doing
here, he’s pushing it down. But you’re gonna do the same
thing as with the lower stripe. Then you’re gonna mask,
we’re gonna outline it with some tape and then
mask with masking paper above and below that line. This might seem like a lot of work, I mean it is time-consuming, but I think it looks so much better
to have these painted on rather than the vinyl
that you buy for these. And now she is pulling off the pull-outs, the strips that we want to get painted. That’s where we want the pinstripe at. And she’s pulling those out,
she’s pulling two of them out because she wants a double pinstripe, and we’re gonna pull those out. And now, like I said, I’m gonna mask this. Now, one thing you may notice in here, we’re not wearing gloves,
and that’s because it is so hard to do all this
type of masking with gloves. It is for me, I’ve tried it. It would be better not to
contaminate the surface, but we’re gonna go around
and we’re gonna wipe it down really good, and make sure that there’s no contaminates on there so we don’t have anything
from our hands on there. It’s best not to touch the surface, but in a case like this the
tape sticks to my gloves. It just becomes a mess. And I would also like to mention to be sure and read
your technical datasheet because every paint has a window. That’s how long you have to re-coat that without having to sand it. If you go past, let’s say
it’s a 24 hour window, and you have not put
your paint, your stripes, your clear-coat, whatever you’re
gonna be putting on there, within that time, you’re
gonna have to sand it to provide that mechanical adhesion. So once we have this all masked off and the stripes are ready to be sprayed, we’re gonna wipe it down just to make sure we removed any contaminates, and then we can spray straight on top of that. We don’t have to sand. And then once we’re done with
that we’ll unmask everything and of course wipe it down again. Get it ready. And then we can apply our clear-coat and we’ll never have to sand anything. Now if you wait too
long, past that window, you’re gonna have to sand to provide that mechanical adhesion. Now we’re getting close. About got this masked
off, just making sure all the areas that we don’t want red on is masked off so we
don’t get any over-spray. And you also want to make sure … Go back around all your tape edges, any seems that you may
have, to make sure … Like right there, put some down, make sure that there’s
no gaps where over-spray can get in, because that’s
the last thing we want is to get over-spray on here and not notice it, or have to sand it off. Just eliminate all that. Now we’ve finally got it ready and we are putting some red on. The stripes are gonna be red and we’re getting that sprayed on. Put a coat on this side, and the back, then we’ll get the other side. And it just kind of depends. You can tell how much. Like that was kind of light right there. Probably should have put
it on a little heavier, but you can kind of tell by the paper. Whenever the paper looks
saturated or really red then you know that the stripe
is gonna be dark enough, because you want to make sure
that you got full hiding. And again, with all of these,
check your flash times. You need to wait in between
coats whatever is recommended. You don’t want to just spray. I might have edited some of this out here. I put just about
everything in these videos, just so you can see everything. But if there’s just dead time
I’ll try to take that out. Wait your flash times. You don’t want to rush to this point. And once you see full hiding, stop. The less buildup on those stripe edges the better off you’ll be. But you want to make sure you
do receive full hiding though. So we’re going around
getting those sprayed, and we are just about done with this. It’s kind of crazy. So much masking just for
such little paint time, but it’s gonna look awesome. I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, give us a
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  • The88katana600

    was here

  • juha

    Nice tut, thx!

  • asicerik

    Nice video! I have a question – when do you decide to use an intercoat clear?

  • jevchance

    Great video Donny. Masking that looks very tedious!

  • yung bevs

    Thought this video was going to be helpful. Turned out to b useless

  • Meh

    I'd like to find out how hand 'brush' a custom detail onto a car. Could you give me advice how to do that please?

  • Rachel Hooton

    I wouldn't exactly call this "the easy way"…that's a LOT of work. Pinstriping isn't easy at all, unless you buy some decals…

  • Mrs Mimmo

    You are nice. Just saying

  • mccanlessdesign

    Thanks for the vid. I'm soon to paint my car ('70's mid-engined kit car with some new body changes), and add the traditional Martini racing livery – so several colors, but I want to do it in paint, not vinyl. Look up Martini Porsche 918 for the look I'm going for. I stretched the wheelbase 11" within the body, so I have now a large space between the rear of the doors and the front of the rear wheel arches to visually fill up.

  • 15 DurangoRT

    Easy? Lmao!


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