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Projects Should I pinstripe it or leave it

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Gangsters pair a dice, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. Gangsters pair a dice
    Joined: Apr 11, 2013
    Posts: 45

    Gangsters pair a dice
    from Earth

    Here is a pic of my '64 olds 88 vert. I'm trying to decide if I should pinstripe it or leave it. My original plan was to but since I have painted it am somewhat undecided. I would like to keep it old Skool and not the low rider style if I do decide to do it. What do you guys think. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1423502616.809196.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1423502656.343041.jpg
  2. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 40,954


    if you can go subtle on the stripes then stripes are the way to go in my own personal opinion.

    I would not go full on Von Dutch with it, maybe something a little bit Tommy the Greek.
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  3. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 6,867


    This car, just posted in another thread, may help you decide what you would find appealing.

  4. Gangsters pair a dice
    Joined: Apr 11, 2013
    Posts: 45

    Gangsters pair a dice
    from Earth

    Talk about inspiration. This what I was thinking of to some degree. Thanks.
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  5. BenW455
    Joined: Feb 9, 2007
    Posts: 417


    If it was mine I would stripe it.
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  6. Restraint is often a hard thing to do,if it were mine I would adhere to the KISS method. HRP
  7. fiat gasser
    Joined: Sep 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,568

    fiat gasser

    I like that that car is just striped on the hood and possibly trunk area. I would stay away from stripes down the sides as it will make a long car look a lot longer. I have been striping for a lot of years. when it comes to pinstriping I have always felt that less is more. You should see the car first, then look a little closer and say wow look at those nice stripes. Good luck with it.
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  8. Listen to these guys:cool:
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  9. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 24,744


    Exactly what I was thinking. The pinstripes should accent the car rather than the car being a canvas for the pinstripe work.
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  10. Merlin
    Joined: Apr 9, 2005
    Posts: 2,547

    from Inman, SC

    Subtle stripes would look good, Like HRP said KISS method is best.
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  11. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,760

    from Dublin, OH

    Sometimes less is more. Pretty car, doesn't need much merely an accent!
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  12. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,445

    from Illinois
    1. 1940 Ford

    I think 48 Chev stated it best. Subtle is the key.
  13. ami6
    Joined: Feb 7, 2015
    Posts: 24

    from belgium

    Will you still like your tattoo in ten years?
    Will you still like your haircut in two years?
    Will you still like your new girlfriend in 6 months?
    Will you still like your pinstriping in 2 weeks?

    Clean is what this car makes great, think twice.

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  14. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 5,524

    scrap metal 48

    I would just put the chrome back on call it done.. Pinstriping is way overdone.. But hey, I'm not always right...
  15. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 2,492

    Dick Stevens

    Pinstriping should be like makeup on a beautiful woman, something that you don't notice when you look at it, just enough to accent the lines and draw your eyes to the area without realizing that it is why you notice them. So, yeas I would stripe it, but make sure to use restraint and let the beauty of the car remain the focal point.
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  16. I would put it back together and forget the pinstriping.The car has too many sharp edges to justify decorating it.Some cars just aren't made to be striped and this is one of them.Just my opinion folks;your mileage may vary.
  17. no pinstripes. She won't miss them with all the chrome back on.
  18. jimcolwell
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 471

    from Amarillo

    Hard to tell until it's finished. I'm thinking very light pin stripping. I'm more of a restro type car guy.
  19. Pinstripe one side of the hood, step back, if you like it do the other side. If you don't, a damp rag with spirits and its gone. If you like it do the trunk.
  20. No idea of your pinstriping skill level, but,
    part of really knowing how to do something,
    includes knowing when “not” to.

    There is a time and a place.
    I've seen absolute top notch pinstripers,
    turn down paying jobs because the car didn't "need" them.

    Some things are easy to do badly, much more difficult to do well.
    I would put pinstriping a stock 60's GM in the latter category.
  21. I think some very subtle striping could look good on this car, but only VERY subtle ones to accentuate the body lines and I also don't think you should go with traditional "Von Dutch" style striping, "Scroll style" would look much better on this car IMO.

    something to this affect.
  22. Martin Harris
    Joined: Aug 3, 2014
    Posts: 315

    Martin Harris

    I'd go with some striping, but keep it subtle, don't go mad.
  23. I wouldn't pinstripe that car.. with the chrome back on it I bet it looks great... you could do some panel paint work to that body style and look great maybe... just my two cents.. in the end it's your ride.. do what makes you happy..
  24. TexasDart
    Joined: Oct 11, 2007
    Posts: 853


    I think the pinstripe version of the car show above got a little too busy on up the hood.
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  25. TonyVan
    Joined: Oct 15, 2008
    Posts: 119

    from Vancouver

    Pinstripes don't have to be contrasting and swirly. I'm a big advocate for teardrops - stretched down a body line, you can get a nice effect and avoid the 'Gipsy Caravan' look. The only pics I could find are these that show an accent around the hood vent on the F1, and the barely-noticeable 2 color teardrops on the '41 trunk. IMG_2828.JPG IMG_2621s.jpg
    I say 'do it', but think outside of the box a little.
  26. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 3,315

    from red oak

    My car in my avatar is pinstriped. When done right, it adds a little more of a custom look to the car.
  27. barlow1952
    Joined: Sep 21, 2014
    Posts: 74


    maybe do a little photo shop on it or draw up some on paper first still hard to tell without really being on the object ,but it might give you some idea of which way to go just my opinion just a small amount around the door handles cause it looks as you r leaving them on either way do what you want your car
  28. missysdad1
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,694


    I wish every car guy could read this quote...especially those who are contemplating irreversible acts like chopping the top, etc. It is pure hot rod/custom car gold!
  29. 07streak
    Joined: May 3, 2011
    Posts: 18

    from okc

    I would say strip it but my dad is a striper so I think everything should be striped........
  30. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 3,751


    IMHO this car screams for the old saying...."Less is More"
    Yes on the pinstripes..and I am with Beaner on the not to much or fancy.
    Good luck !

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