How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

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How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby bubba » Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:38 am

So you have an idea for a image you want on the side of something but you can't find a stencil(s) for what you want/need, well make your own.

For our craft project today you will need:

-A roll of wide masking tape, wider the better.
-A sheet of transparency film or a roll of wax paper
-A box sharp razer blades, yes a box don't buy just one
-An inkjet printer
-the artwork you want to use as a stencil in digital form, ie something you can print.
-Q-tips / cotton swabs

First get the tape and the transparency film out. If your using wax paper you have to cut out a piece into an 8.5x11 sheet first.
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Now cover the film or paper with the tape lengthwise, making sure to over lap each strip by a 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Then on one end width wise run a strip that wrap the leading edge of the film/wax paper. This will keep the tape from peeling off in the printing phase.
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Now at your printer, load the taped up film/wax paper like you would a piece of photo paper with the taped up edge in the direction of the feed.
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Print out the image you want, in my case I'm making some CD cases for my kids.
TIP: don't forget to tell the printer to use draft mode, otherwise you have to forever for the ink to dry or the ink get every were. You see this in the next few images, I forgot :oops:
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Now that you have the image printed, you can peel it off the film/wax paper. Do this in the same direction to put the tape on. This way when you pull the tape up your pulling up the next strip of tape, other wise due to the way it over laps if you went the opposite direction you would only pull up one strip of tape.

Once you have it off the film/paper put it on your project where you want it. Take care to keep from getting creases or wrinkles.
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With the SHARP blade cut out the parts you want to paint. If your going to do multiple colors then cut out the whole stencil and back mask the different colors. If you only cut one color at a time when you paint the first color you would loose the lines of the others.
TIP: use only new SHARP blades, dull blades will tear the tape. You also have to press harder to cut the tape, press to hard you will cut/groove the surface you're painting. This is bad, the grooves will show up in layers of paint to follow.
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Once you have all the stencil cut, rub all the edges to make sure they will not allow the paint to bleed under.
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Then paint, always do this in a well ventilated area. So no painting in the closet.
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The paint is still drying so I will edit this here in a bit after the paint has dried.
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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby vicaphit » Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:02 am

Great How-To! I tried this with regular paper instead of the tape, and it always bleeds through.

Kudos to you sir.
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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby dicecca112 » Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:24 am

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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby bubba » Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:44 am

sniff.. you're going to make me cry, my first sticky :lol: :mrgreen:
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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby DMB2000uk » Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:51 am

This is a great guide, thanks bubba.

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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby skier » Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:09 am

way to put to the web what very few people knew how to do(me not being one, as i only freehanded the VOLKL logo on my case with masking tape) =D>
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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby Alathald » Tue Dec 18, 2007 4:49 pm

I've always used a similar method but instead of tape, I just picked up some adhesive spray from an arts and crafts store like Michaels, just print your design on something thick like card stock or a transparency if you want a permanent stencil, cut it out, spray the back with adhesive spray, stick it on, and spray paint it. It's a good deal less hassle. Great guide all the same and congrats on the sticky =D>
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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby vicaphit » Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:17 am

Do you clean off the sticky mess with alcohol afterwards? That sticky mess would really bother me.
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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby Alathald » Wed Dec 19, 2007 3:43 pm

If you spray the adhesive on the paper first and let it dry, it's really only tacky enough to prevent under spray and peels off quite easily without residue.
Masking tape, on the other hand, isn't sticky by nature but is a lot more work. Whatever works for you though...
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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby Alathald » Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:10 am

Here's some more great paint tricks: http://airbrushtricks.com

I saw this guy over at instructables (he's been posting some great vids) and I was very impressed. Anyone thinking about painting their case should check him out as he gives a lot of great advice for free.
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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby bubba » Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:22 am

Airbrush masking is cool, I have used it in the past for spaying stuff on paper. When it comes to plastic and metal I go this route, its cheaper LOL, and sticks better of many layers of colors.

when it warms up I'm planing on a how to on how you can make a carbon fiber look on plexi, Been doing it on RC car bodies for years. But have to wait for it to warm up, wife gets a little grumpy when I paint in the house :lol:
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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby PCFlip » Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:12 pm

nice guide, umm the paint should be dry after a month has gone by lol can you post some final pics please. ^_^

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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby bubba » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:12 am

LOL forgot... I don't have a close up shot, I'll try and find where my kids threw them. These were stocking stuffers for my kids, the little snots just threw'em to the side :? Oh well, guess thats what I get for being cheap.
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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby PCFlip » Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:42 pm

being cheap??? I thought this took more thought and more heart them what most people get other people, its sad how materialistic Christmas has become. :( I think you did a great job on those.

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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby vicaphit » Mon Feb 11, 2008 3:15 pm

Wow, those are some crisp lines on that stencil!

Hell, if your kids don't want them, I will take them off your hands!

Are those CD cases?
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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby bubba » Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:59 pm

Yes, they are aluminum cases that I got in my junk mail at work. They had a big CD size sticker of a penny on them before I took it off.
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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby vicaphit » Mon Feb 11, 2008 6:08 pm

From tacky to awesome. Nice work bubba.
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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby PCFlip » Mon Feb 11, 2008 6:12 pm

huh its probably how much it cost them to make those things lol but I admit at first I thought you painted one to be a penny before I read your post lol.

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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby vicaphit » Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:31 pm

I actually saw some CD cases just like the ones you made in walmart, maybe they saw this post! Different design, but black paint on silver cases.
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Re: How To: Paint Mask or Stencil

Postby kappage » Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:49 am

Bubba Great idea problem When i did it just like you did the spray paint seeped through the Tape but not in the desired fashion... As in part of it is and other parts arent i might go around the edges with Electrical tape or soemthing i dont know..

And also Head up for anyone else who is doing this, DONT use gaffa tape ( or duck tape) because it will peel off the paint real Easy...

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