Putting together a 1916 Speedster and I want to add my racing #144 on the radiator like I see in the old pictures. How did they do it back then? How did they get it so clearly applied to all those fins? Some of those racers are awesome looking. I want to do it the same way it was done then.
Hoping to do it in white. Any help/history lesson appreciated
I taped off the number and painted with the same body paint. Urethane with a paint gun. I believe I did three coats.
David, Try posing the question on the Northwest Vintage Speedster site.
I would suspect they used a brush and not too thick paint. Paint can inhibit cooling.
David, it helps if you have a graphics program or know someone with a program (like Photoshop) where you can create large numbers in a font that you like. My racer is numbered 55 and I created a number 5 that pretty well filled a piece of legal sized paper. After printing two of them I placed each paper under a piece of clear plastic (from the stationary section of dept stores) and cut out the black portion of the letter leaving me with a plastic stencil. With the radiator off it's easy to position the stencils where you want them and then spray the numbers. Depending on the radiator type you may have to spray several times - angling the spray left, right, fore and aft each time in order to get complete coverage so that the numbers will show up good. It's best to do this off the car as the excess paint can drip off and not run down the backside.
wow, thanks Garnet. thats exactly what I'll do! that looks great