Three Tips for Stenciling

Using a high-quality stencil is only part of the equation when it comes to getting a great result. You also need to use proper techniques and have the right equipment.

Even the best custom made stencils can produce poor results if you don’t know the best practices for using them. Whether you are using stencils as traffic markers on a road or parking lot or are putting a logo on your business, you want to make sure that the final result is clear, easy to read and will last. Getting high-quality spray paint stencils is a great first step, but there’s more you need to do in order to ensure that you get the best results from your stenciling projects. Here are a few tips to consider:

Use multiple coats of paint. Using one thick coat of paint with pavement stencils to create handicapped parking spaces, mark lanes or handle other traffic signs might seem like an easy way to go. However, it will not give you the best results. Applying one thick coat of paint often leaves an uneven result, and it can wear off easily over time. A better option is to use multiple thin coats of paint, ensuring an even finish. To make sure that the stencil lasts, wait for the first coat of paint to fully dry before applying the second coat.

Keep your stencil steady: One of the biggest problems when using a stencil is keeping it in place. Stencils that move while painting is taking place will result in a blurry or unreadable result. Using a heavy stencil material that is sturdy will help remedy this problem. Another tip is to use tacky, double-sided tape to affix your stencil to the object being painted. You’ll want to make sure you have a stencil made from the right material so that the tape won’t rip it when it is removed.

Use a stenciling brush: Using regular paint brushes might not give you the quality coverage that you need when doing stenciling. Specially-made stencil brushes have short, stiff bristles that help in keeping paint from getting under your stencil. This allows your design to have crispness and clarity.

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