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How to make the front of your amplifier have a custom stencil paint job.

Step 1: Deciding on a pattern

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This is the first and probably most crucial step, you want something that is cool, original and not too hard to spray. At first I wanted the picture of Hugh Laurie as House but this proved too difficult to cut out because there was so much detail and it ended up being impossible to cut with my less-than-stanley knife. I've attached some other examples I was considering, but I ended up going with the stormtrooper!
 
ilpug4 years ago
this inspired me.... gotta go make an instructable of my idea.
the z0diak5 years ago
it says he used two stencils, though this is possible with one. stencils are a hobby of mine, and the way i do it is by splitting open a cereal box and taping the desired design on, so that it's taught, and cutting out the black parts. or white parts. or whatever parts you want to end up on whatever you spraypaint.
eww star wars... nice amp though!
Looks groovy. ;)
Bradlez926 years ago
wait im fuzzy on how you sprayed on the cut out stencils if youve just sprayed the whole thing it white. did you first cut out the stencils and srpay that in black, then placed the outline stencil over what you just sprayed in white?
I think he cut out two stencils, and sprayed the second time with black paint. So he had a stencil of the shape of the helmet, and a stencil with the details
ummm...where did you get your stencils?!?!?!?! and if you made them, HOW??? im so confuzed!!!
chances are he photshopped
Bradlez926 years ago
thats a pretty good photo shop of house! howd ya do it?
Van Halen7 years ago
Nice amp! I wish I had a marshall.
WHERE DID U SOURCE UR stencils from
pmac938 years ago
Hey good job on the stormtrooper. If you used brush paint you wouldn't have to take apart the whole thing....just an idea that i will probably try
bcgm3 pmac938 years ago
I liked the stormtrooper a lot, too -- I used it in conjunction with screen printing techniques from this Instructable and this one, too. Here it is after a little addition I made in the Photoshop phase:
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lp_man (author)  pmac938 years ago
It would be very difficult to do that because of the grille cloth material its really difficult to hold the stencil down, the paint would probably get caught under the ends of it and make a mess. Just a caution :)
jongscx lp_man8 years ago
if you used a balled-up rag and blotted the paint onto the surface, it MAY work Also, you can make multiple fake amp fronts with different stencils on each one and be able to swap them out. Your speaker would need to have a lip on it, so you could use the stretchy fabric and sew elastic around the edges. That, or possibly velcro around the edges.
bluerebel938 years ago
Great thinkin
otakutheiii8 years ago
Nice design, although I would recommend a x-acto instead of a stanley knife.
Sgt.Waffles8 years ago
Killer!