As most people know, the Moon Automotive Garage is also the home to Pro Pinstriper “Wildman”.  It is a great honor to work along side “Wildman” and see the awesome work he does on a daily basis.



Starter Kits can be a bit pricey, they don’t have everything you really need and include brushes and paint you won’t really use to begin with. 

In Part 1 of this 3 part series I will cover picking the right brushes for basic lettering and line drawing, correctly preparing the brush for use and the correct way to store your brushes.

Part 2 – Line Drawing Techniques and Tips

Part 3 – Lettering Techniques and Tips


Lets start by getting all our Basic Supplies together.

For Lines, pick up a Mack -Series 20- Size 00.

For Lettering, use a Mack #3 Lettering Brush.

For Paint Reducing One-Shot Paint Reducer.

For Brush Cleaning Lacquer Thinner (Local Hardware Store)

For Brush Storage Kafka Preserving Oil.

and last but not least One-Shot Paint.

It is also worth mentioning that you should get some small paper cups to mix your paint and reducer, they will also come in handy when it comes time to clean your brushes.IMG_0135

First thing you need to worry about is getting the right paint viscosity.  And although it is not rocket science, it is not a simple task either.  “Wildman” recommends to start with about 80% paint to 20% reducer for Summer and 90% paint to 10% reducer for Winter.  These calculations are not set in stone, but rather a starting point to find a good mix.  The actual mixture is affected by many factors including temperature, humidity and condition (shelf life…) of paint.  With that being said, be sure you shake and stir the paint thoroughly before adding any reducer.

Wether you are lettering or lining, it is very important to load the brush with the right amount of paint.  The entire bristle part of the brush should be full of paint.  The brush will take a slight sag effect when the brush is properly loaded.  Let the excess paint drip off, then your ready to stripe.  It may require a couple wipe strokes on the lip of the cup to get the right amount for your specific needs.   Pinstriping is all about feeling the paint flow, so weather will play a part in how much paint to use.  (Part 2 will cover line drawing techniques and tips.)IMG_0137

To clean your brush, use Lacquer Thinner.  Be sure to use enough so that the brush is as clean as possible.  Use a soft cloth or lint free towel to lightly pinch the bristles dry.  Do Not pull the bristles as they will pull the brush apart and render it useless.

The bristles on almost all high quality brushes are made of some sort of animal hair.  So you need to use preserving oil to keep the hair strands from splitting.  Leave the brush soaked in oil and put it in your tool box.  Best to keep the brush flat while in storage to prevent damage to the bristles.kafka Before the brush is used again, the preserving oil must be cleaned off with Lacquer thinner.

Once your brush is clean and wiped dry with a soft lint free towel, the brush can be re-used.

Feel free to stop by the Moon Garage and chat with “Wildman” about Pinstriping or Vintage Toys!