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Product Details

  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; 1st edition (August 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760327491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760327494
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Airbrush.com, September 2007

“It's the best piece of information that I've read. It's a soft cover, magazine-sized tome and it beats the heck out of the more expensive reading material I've perused.”



Auto Art Magazine, July 2007

“Two thumbs up. Great book, well done.”

IronWorks, December 2007

“Is packed with many color images and step-by-step instruction.”

TotalKitCar.com, Oct. 26, 2007

“Illustrated with color photography throughout, ‘How to Pinstripe’ is the perfect source for beginners and experts alike.”



Cruzin’ Magazine, Sept.-Oct. 2007

“I had no how-to books to instruct me. I needed Alan Johnson’s new book, How to Pinstripe. Johnson is a veteran striper who will tell you what you need to know.”

From the Back Cover

Even before the heyday of Von Dutch, Tommy the Greek, Dean Jeffries, and Big Daddy Roth, the ultimate (and often most economical) way to personalize your car or motorcycle was to lay some wicked lines on top of your paintwork. Done with a steady hand and an eye for style, pinstripes are the enamel cherry atop a steel sundae.

In How to Pinstripe, acclaimed veteran striper Alan Johnson teaches you everything you need to know to get started, further your mastery of the form, and understand how a good design comes together. In addition to a primer on the history and evolution of pinstriping, Johnson explains every step of the pinstriping process, from choosing paint and brushes that suit your style and abilities, to preparing surfaces, experimenting with symmetrical and asymmetrical designs, striping freehand, and even using patterns. In addition to stressing the importance of finding your own style and having fun with the hobby, Johnson explains the basics of color theory and unique considerations for antique and classic cars, hot rods and customs, and motorcycles. For more advanced pinstripers, there’s even tried-and-true advice on apprenticing and working car shows.

Completely illustrated with step-by-step color photography throughout, How to Pinstripe is a comprehensive source for stone-cold beginners and salty veterans alike.


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Customer Reviews

Great pictures balanced with an abundance of knowledge.
Gavilan Custom Acordeones
The rest of the book pages 76 to 156 is really just a picture coverage of the authors work and business ideas.
aotoole
If you are looking to learn how to pinstripe, pick this book up and go from there.
David Kummerow

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. thomas on January 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
I already have several books about pinstriping, and I don't know why, I was not attracted to that book, when finally, I decided to ask Santa to get it for me..
Maaaaaaaaaaaan... it is in my opinion the best book so far, for people who are willing to actually pinstripe... other books will probably show more pictures, but way less explanations, here..?? how to, why, how, where, every thing is covered, in a "friendly" style... if you're into pinstriping, but still have some questions..?? this is an excellent book, I really have no regret at all... ok.. I have ONE regret.. as a beginner-pinstriper, I should have bought that book first... Thanks Al for sharing so much...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By aotoole on November 29, 2011
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I purchased this book a couple of weeks ago and found it extremely disappointing. As the title suggests, I was expecting a 'how-to' manual, covering techniques , materials etc. Not so.
There are 158 pages. 7 pages are devoted to paint choice and colour choice. ( only 2 pages of text however when images are removed - 2 pages show a colour wheel and other pictures make up the rest. )
One page discusses tools ( ie . brushes ) and a one page table lists the common brushes followed by 3 pages of pictures showing the authors kit.
4 pages cover preparation and 19 pages cover design. This section is mostly pictures rather than text. Much of it just showing finished designs rather than ny explanation of what is needed to achieve the finished product.
18 pages then cover brush technique, in my opinion the heart of the book and the most useful section of the book. This is followed by nine pages showing some explanation , and pictures, of pin-striping straight lines. A useful section but richer on photos than on explanation or technique.

The rest of the book pages 76 to 156 is really just a picture coverage of the authors work and business ideas. Being generous there are only about 40 useful pages in the book and that amount to just about 20 pages of text.

I wouldn't recommend it to others but I am not aware of any alternative good manuals on the subject to offer as an alternative
Gerard
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gavilan Custom Acordeones on January 2, 2009
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I found this book for be worth the purchase price. It is a good resource for beginning stripers. It covers the basics well and gives solid advice for striping at shows and high value cars. Great pictures balanced with an abundance of knowledge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HankJr on June 8, 2010
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This is a great book for getting a well rounded knowledge of pinstriping. Great for beginners like me. The book answered all my questions and more. The author has been in the industry for over 30 years and knows all the tips and tricks. Also well organized. Covers equipment(brushes/paint), how to handle the brush, practice exercises, mixing the paint, building designs, and plenty of examples. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in learning pinstriping.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dennis L. Carman on June 29, 2009
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The How To Pinstripe (Motorbooks Workshop)is a good book in my opinion. Nice details, picture illistrations and would be great for anyone interested in pinstriping.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul on August 8, 2009
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This is a great book about beginning pinstriping. It teaches you how to learn to pinstripe by practicing 10 basic strokes, 1000 times each.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark H Dilling on January 22, 2013
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I would have liked artistic direction about how to get your designs, maybe a little more technique and nothing about insurance or how to go to shows, set up tents, etc.
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