Laser Cut Spray Paint Stencils

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Introduction: Laser Cut Spray Paint Stencils

A laser cutter can conveniently be used to directly cut stencils in masking tape or pretty much any tape. This tape can then be stuck to your surface, spray painted, and removed. I used this stencil to personalise the bicycle i was building for my ladyfriend.

Step 1: Lay Out the Tape on Your Laser Cutter Bed and Set the Correct Focal Distance for Your Laser Cutter.


Step 2: Design Your Stencil, I Used Corel Draw and Used a Basic Font Suitable for Stenciling.

the thing about choosing a font is choosing something where the holes in the a's and b's and d's and o's and p's don't fall out. I used the BAUHAUS font for this bike.

also make sure to convert your font to an outline so you only cut the outline.

I've attached the illustrator and post script files.

Step 3: Cut Your Stencil. Typically Low Power Setting As Tape Is Thin. I Used Bear Tape for This Stencil.


Step 4: Carefully Orient Your Stencil to the Object You Are Painting.


Step 5: Press Your Stencil Close to the Object You Are Painting.


Step 6: I Use an Extra Sheet of Card to Prevent Overspray, and to Receive the Splotchy First Second or So of Spray From Cheap Spray Cans.


Step 7: Starting With Spray on Your Overspray Card, Move to Your Stencil Area Giving a Few Light Coats.


Step 8: Ta-da. Allow to Dry. I Used Rust-oleum. Works Great on a Lot of Surfaces and Is Cheap and Easy to Get.


Step 9: You Can See From This Detail That It Requires a Second Coat.


Step 10: After It Is Dry Carefully Peel Back the Stencil.


Step 11: Finish Peeling.


Step 12: Looks Cool Eh?


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    Aah I want a laser cutter (benn wantin to mod me laptop) i get so sick of laser cutter how-to's i mean, how many people have those? and they make all the postings.

    Yeah, who here if you have a laser cuter? More importantly tell us WHY you have one

    i don't know anybody that owns one, but there is one at the university for students to use.

     I know exactly what you mean!!! I always am so intrigued by this type of thing, but i don't have a laser cutter. :(

    Hey what kind of wheels are those on the bike? I can't tell if they're road tirex or mountain tires, but i am trying to find some new road tires and the green wheels look fantastic.

    that's a pretty great idea. Especially since you can export illustrator documents as CAD files which gives you a huge selection of fonts and what not to choose from

    Epilogs mount as printers -- you don't need to export anything. If it's set up correctly: print. That's the best thing about laser cutters (from Epilog -- YMMV for other brands). And don't worry -- they'll be cheap enough for everyone to have their own within a few years. Then we'll drool over SLS machines.

    From doing many stencils, yes, it is because there was too much paint. You needed two very light coats, like the guy above said. Co-signed.

    for a super clean look and a no worries edge to your text do as follows: between steps 5 and 6 spray a flat clear coat. any leakage will be unnoticeable. jump right into your stage 6. you will need to keep the tape as close as possible to avoid distorted looking edges. some may advise trying to match your original color of the bike to spray on first and then the desired text color.