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what material to make a stencil?

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by netsol, Oct 21, 2020.

  1. netsol

    netsol Active Member

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    i promised a good friend i would make a couple stencils, he is striping and marking his parking lot.
    a tennant's customers are out of control so we want "no parking" and "15 minute parking" stencils
    & like many things, although i can talk about the topic forever, i have never actually done it.

    what material should i use?
     
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  2. CanuckSigns

    CanuckSigns Very Active Member

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    What equipment do you have at your disposal? That will narrow it down.
     
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  3. WYLDGFI

    WYLDGFI Merchant Member

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    want something quick and cheap? you can use 2 or 3mm PVC in a pinch.
     
  4. netsol

    netsol Active Member

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    gerber 4b
    gerber tempo 600 (24" graphtec by another name"
    (3) roland 54" machines
     
  5. WYLDGFI

    WYLDGFI Merchant Member

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    Oh...so no cnc. Thought you had one. Sorry about that...
     
  6. netsol

    netsol Active Member

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    yes

    i thought we would do from a roll of material
    i never thought of using the cnc

    i pictured something punched for the 15" roland
     
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    Souldar New Member

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    Low density polyethylene (LDPE) is a good choice and fairly inexpensive. You can reuse it a lot. But you will need a CNC to cut it
     
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  9. jimbug72

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    If they want to reuse them best bet is to outsource to someone with a CNC. If it's a REALLY good friend you could cut the stencil in vinyl, lay it on a substrate like LDPE or PVC mentioned above, then use a handheld router or jigsaw or something.
    Not sure what would be best if you're just doing multiple single use vinyl stencils. I've never applied vinyl to pavement before.
     
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