One-color pinstripes, two-color pinstripes, diamond plate and carbon fiber striping, reflective roll striping and nonskid roll striping are some types of truck pinstriping. Owners can also choose mirror striping in chrome or gold to accent their vehicles.
Some owners choose custom pinstriping graphics for their trucks. Options include barbed wire, chain link, Chevrolet bow ties and flames, among others. Owners can also find gridworks patterns in 7/8-inch, 4-inch or 5 7/8-inch sizes. Other owners choose larger graphics for their pinstripes, such as shark fins, hawks or meteors. Pinstripes come in a variety of colors to coordinate with truck body colors.
Pinstriping enhances a truck's curves with colors complementary to the body colors. Artists apply a very thin line of enamel or urethane paint to trucks or other vehicles with a sword-shaped brush to create custom pinstripes. Auto body mechanics use thin vinyl tape to create pinstripes. The mechanics adhere the vinyl tape directly to a truck's painted surfaces in desired designs.
Lyle Fisk, Von Dutch and Ed Roth are among the pioneers of modern pinstriping, but many pinstriping technologies remain unchanged from the 1950s. Mack produces many popular pinstriping brushes, but some artists have created their own brushes to make more complicated, unique pinstriping designs.