In the past I have documented a number of restos which included cab repaints. While I certainly prefer the original patina at times it may be so dilapidated or emasculated by poor touch ups that a repaint is necessary. That was the case with this Skyline. The cab front was fairly typical of the cab condition.
My preferred stencil approach is to avoid adhesive stencils because generally they do not allow the spray bleed as per the original manufacturing process. Now that process used metal re-usable stencils but of course without the home equipment that for most of us is not available. I have therefore typically used mdf board for the stencils after first taking a graphics trace , transferring the trace to the mdf then cutting the stencil with a jigsaw-I use a fine tooth metal blade as it provides a nice fine cut and importantly does not rip the reverse side of the mdf. This is important as each re-usable stencil is used for both sides of the cab (except the fronts of course).
I wanted to specifically cover my approach to Skyline because the graphics include multiple continuous blue vertical and horizontal borders. For these borders my traditional mdf approach was not possible so I decided to fabricate blue border stencils using moulding from the local hardware store. All up the mdf for the red and non border blues and the moulding cost about $70. This compares to purchase of a retail stencil kit which with exchange rate and shipping would for me cost somewhere towards $A450.
These are pics covering some of the process:
-initial tsf of trace to mdf
-after jigsaw cutout and registration check with original graphics
-registration check for backbox blue horizontal borders
-cab base coat
Unfortunately I did not take a pic of the webbing application prior to graphics application but will appear in finished pics.
Once the stencils have been fabricated and before removing cab paint I double check each stencil registration with the original cab graphics.Then cab paint is removed and structural/cosmetic cab issues addressed. The paint on this machine comprises white primer, base coat, webbing, red panels, blue border verticals and blue border horizontals. Examination of the original paint indicated the factory had sprayed the vertical and horizontal borders separately.
These are the spray guns I use:
-a high volume low pressure gravity feed gun (inexpensive) for the base coat
-a high pressure touch up gun (inexpensive) for the primer, webbing and general graphics
-a Badger Anmthem 155 airbrush (not an el-cheapo) for the fine work; in this case the blue borders
These are the stencils after use:
-backbox front and red squares
-backbox blue vertical and horizontal borders
-cab front and red squares
-cab front blue vertical and horizontal borders
-cab sides blue vertical and horizontal borders
These are the finished pics:
Overall I am happy with result and hope the process is of value to other pinsiders. I will post further pics when the complete resto is finished.