The Craftmaster Paints guide to Lining

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The Craftmaster Paints guide to Lining

Basically there are three main methods for Lining your engine. The Beugler Lining Tool, Finesse Lining Tape, and Freestyle with either a synthetic or sable lining brush. Before we look at that theres a major factor to get right....

The Paint

Firstly you’ll want to make sure you are using the correct type of paint for lining. This will differ quite substantially from an ordinary spraying paint, or brushing Coach Enamel. The aim with lining paint is to do the job in one coat and to this end specialist paints for the purpose will be very high in pigment content. A standard paint for brushing will be a mix of tint (colour) and resin (which is clear and gives the paint its characteristics such as flow, levelling, etc). A good quality lining paint will have exceedingly little resin, this is to help the paint cover and because your using it over such small areas that its brushing and flowing characteristics are not required to work nearly so well.

You will find (and this is universal to pretty much all paints) that some colours will cover much better than others. Lighter Blues, Whites and most Greens will cover well. However darker colour will struggle the darker they become as the tints used to make them become more transparent. They still work fairly well though. The worst undoubtedly are Yellows and Oranges (and some very Bright Reds) this is due to the restrictions on the use of Lead Chromate in the paint and means that they can be very ‘wishy washy’. Most Yellows will struggle to cover on very dark surfaces (such as black) and may require two coats.

I would recommend our own Craftmaster Signwriting & Lining Enamel which is available in 125ml and 250ml tins. There is a large range of colours and if you wish (and are willing to take 500ml) we can make any colour you wish

Lining Tools

The only one I have had reports on is the Lining Pen made by Beugler, an American company. There are other makes but I haven’t heard of anybody using them so I cannot comment on how good they are. The Beugler to my understanding is an excellent tool but does struggle on corners, though I suspect someone on this forum may be able to explain a way of cornering effectively with it. You can purchase a variety of wheels to fit to the front for different width lines, although you are perhaps best served by purchasing a pre packed set. Prices seem to vary a bit. The UK distributer is contactable via the following website or check Ebay there are often some bargains on new and used Beuglers.


There are two ways of doing the job using tape. At this point it is very important to note that you should avoid using paper masking tape, if you do use – get it off quickly do not leave it on the paintwork for long or it will bond and remove or damage the paintwork

The first method of lining with tape is the trickiest. Using a role of low tack tape (we at Craftmaster supply our own Craftmaster 14 Low Tack in ¼” ½” and 1”). Mask out the area you want to line by laying down two lines of tape equal distance apart. This won’t be easy and corners will be a problem which is why option 2 is much easier. I would suggest it’s the easiest way to do the lining overall

Finesse Lining Tapes are option 2. They come in 46ft (12.6M) rolls. They work by having the tape prespaced on the roll. You place the tape on the area that you wish to line and peel off the backing. This will leave two lines of tape with a gap in the middle (or more if you’re using a double or triple tape). You paint in the gap and the pull the tape off as soon as the paint has gone tacky. If you leave it until the paint is dry you risk chipping the line when you pull off the tape. Again please note that it doesn’t turn corners so this will have to be done with a brush

Finesse is available in many sizes, the best guide is the our Craftmaster one (link below) its isolates those most relevant to modellers as it strips away the less useful tapes (there are over 40)

The only downside with the tape is that it can be very evident that tape has been used. It usually leaves a ridge (the paint will be thicker than a standard brush stroke) and if done correctly will leave razor sharp lines. This needn’t be a problem but if you are aiming for a very traditional look to your engine I would suggest giving it a good rub down and a varnish afterwards, this should lessen the effects noticeable

The Traditional Way – Free Hand

This is the hardest way but perhaps the most rewarding method of lining. Much practice will be required unless you are one of those lucky gifted types who can just ‘do it’.

The first thing to look at is brushes. I would recommend a beginner starts with a synthetic brush. Synthetic brushes don’t hold the paint as well as a sable brush and are usually a little shorter making them a little easier to manoeuvre.

At Craftmaster we sell Pro Arte Long Bristle Lining Brushes as our synthetic option. Prices range from £3.95 for the smallest to £9.95 for the largest.

Sable brushes are made of natural hair and so the paint ‘sticks’ to them better allowing them to hold more paint. This means less refilling of the brush between strokes and makes for smoother lines and you’re not stopping and starting so often.

We keep two types of sable lining brush a Long Bristle One (Ox Hair) and one in Quill (much shorter but a sable mix). All are fairly cheap prices start at £2.10 for the thinnest and go up to £8.30 for the largest

I won’t go into instructions into how to use the brushes you will ideally need to be shown rather than read a written instruction. The other option is a practical course which we are currently looking at running sometime in 2012

Corners – For Tape & Tools

For turning the corners that tape and Begulers won’t I’d suggest a Chisel Writer (the same as you’ll use with the tape for applying the paint ideally). A No.4 is the most common and use either Synthetic or Sable depending on preference

I hope this brief guide has been useful and if I can be of any further assistance please get in touch with me at Craftmaster on 01954 231 308 or

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