Here we have by request, a few signwriting videos of Arne painting a set of classic vehicle number plates or show plates.
These videos show Arne painting the first of three coats of enamel that are needed for each character.
Many of these plates are fitted to classic vehicles that have been lovingly restored to a very high standard, at least three coats of paint give the desired coverage of the white characters on the black background.
Signwriting tools seen in these videos
Note the very long sable or ox hair on the signwriting brushes, these long flexible hand-made brushes are the perfect tools for producing the desired straight edges and curves. These should be painted, theoretically, in one stroke. In order to achieve this, Arne rests his right hand firmly on a Mahlstick (also known as Maulstick). This is simply a stick with a soft leather or padded head at one end, these sticks are used by signwriters and artists alike.
Completed show plates fitted to an early 1950/51 80″ Land-Rover Series One, this model has the rarer ‘lights through the grill’ layout at the front, the more popular grill (1952-1958) has an ‘inverted T’ and the earlier (1948-1950) model has the ‘lights behind the grill’.
There are plenty of examples of all three grill types, shown here > link.
The camera is mounted in a better position than before, the hand is no longer obscuring the brushwork.
The camera lens was set to manual focus, preventing the autofocus issues visible in the earlier video sequence.