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#1 User is offline   Stewart 

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 12:13 AM

Alright, before I even start, I apologize for the crappy pictures. Hopefully you can make them out though.

Supplies Needed

- 3M painters tape.
- Xacto Knife
- Pen
- Slick surface cutting tray (something that you can peel the tape on and off, without it sticking like hell. For mine, I use an old Subway tray.)

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Step 1

Make sure your tray is clean. Peel off a strip of tape and stick it on your tray. I tend to make sure the center of the tape is secure, but leave the edges loose so when I am ready to peel, it's easy to get. Depending on the size of your stencil, you may have to overlap a couple pieces of tape. In my case, I used two.

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Step 2

Now, take your pen and trace the outline of your stencil. I traced a "digi" stencil.

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Step 3

Now that you have your stencil traced onto your tape, take out your Xacto and cut along your trace lines. When you cut, make sure you connect each slice, this will save you trouble in the end. Cut as accurate and straight as you can. You are applying this to your gear after all.


Step 4

You have your stencil cut around the trace lines. Excellent! Taking the edge of your tape, carefully peel the excess tape off from around your stencil. If you connected each slice, the tape should peel away easily leaving your stencil on the cutting tray.

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Here is my finished product. I will leave the stencil on the tray and repeat the process until I have no room left. Then, when you paint your marker, or whatever else, you can just pack your tray along with you, pick whatever stencils you want for that color, and apply. Then repeat the process for each new color.

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It isn't as time consuming as you may think. Once you get on a roll, it goes pretty quick. I hope this helps someone out there.

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 12:22 AM

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Very simple, clean and neat, to the point. I like. Step up from the Xacto knife and find a fixed cutting utencil/fixed platform for straighter cutting lines, and you've got yourself a little stencil studio.

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 12:23 AM

looks like it works pretty well! Good luck painting, and you have to show pics of the finished result.
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Posted 18 July 2008 - 12:29 AM

Heh, local Subway was tossing them. They were deemed unsanitary by the health inspector. I figured I could put it to use on something.

Thanks Sparta :D
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Posted 18 July 2008 - 05:24 AM

Looks like it should work. If your painting a marker I would like to see finished product. I wonder if the paint will bleed under tape edges?
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Posted 18 July 2008 - 10:20 AM

I don't know if I'm necro but I figured this would help.

Yes sometimes the paint will bleed. But if you take your time prepping the surface and applying the tape it won't do it.

Also once you cut it out and you are going for the two or more tone camo look you can use the cut out parts to leave a pattern the same color as the last coat of paint you just applied.

The way I did mine is I sprayed down my hopper in OD green, everything in OD. Then layed down the cut outs and sprayed everything in brown.

You then leave the painted over stencils on until the final coat is sprayed and dried. It will mess you up if you peel it before the final coat dries.

Then I applied more stencils and sprayed it all down in Tan. I then peeled it all off after it dried. I was left with my own interpretation of a digital pattern. It works too :P

I used spray paint. I know it peels but I had an answer for that. Clear coat. I sprayed a Krylon Matte Fixative over it all at least twice. It's Latex so it rubberizes the paint better and seals the camo onto the hopper or surface. You have to puncture through the latex clear coat to get to the paint and scratch it.

Hope it helps those that are just starting to paint their markers and may not be so educated on what to do.

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 11:49 AM

Yeah, just be sure to apply your tape good. I haven't had any bleeding issues yet.
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Posted 18 July 2008 - 02:59 PM

Brilliant! I'm doing mine this way next time!
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Posted 18 July 2008 - 03:58 PM

Addition: Use a ruler while you trace and cut - This ensures nice straight edges :D
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Posted 03 February 2009 - 12:14 PM

nice job!! :dodgy: you should do some for woodland or multi cam ones
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Posted 05 February 2009 - 01:39 PM

Glad you found it useful. I'll think about doing some other camo types. Basically same thing, instead of the digi pattern, switch it up.
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Posted 06 February 2009 - 12:11 AM

I've had to do similar things in a pinch. What I found works best is to use 3" blue tape and layer the the tape 3-4 times so that one cut of digi equils 3-4 cuts.

And to make a harmless pitch, S.O. will soon be caring paint kits and vinyl stencils in digital shapes. They will both be sold separately and as a completed kit. Keep and eye out for them.


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Posted 06 February 2009 - 12:01 PM

Never thought of stacking the tape to make more than one. Goes to show how creative I am, :)

Nice input

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 03:31 PM

Thats a good idea. :)
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