Use stencil vinyl for high impact signage and complex patterns.
Painted signs offer a truly traditional feel. Achieve accuracy and complexity using stencil Vinyl (aka paint mask).
We discuss here the benefits of using stencil vinyl and offer ‘how to’ guidance on working with it.
A painted sign has a traditional feel.
It is hard to date a painted sign and they offer a sophisticated professional look.
Before the invention of CNC and laser technology signage would have been painstakingly created by hand.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if all signs were still made like this? Well, it’s a lovely thought but not practical. The art of freehand signwriting is a niche skill and in most cases prohibitively expensive.
Masking vinyl so much more convenient. It ensures accuracy yet the result retains the “look and feel” of a traditional hand-painted sign.
There are so many wonderful paint colours to choose from. This part of the design is exciting and options are boundless.
A painted sign will have great longevity providing the paint quality is good and applied to a well-prepared surface.
Complexity and Accuracy
Be it lettering or complex graphic patterns, stencil vinyl allows the production of highly complex graphics. The plotter cuts from information received in a digital vector file. Designs can therefore be easily repeated, edited and scaled.
Stencils are prepared by hand once the plotter has cut the design the intricate design.
Many exciting textured finishes and brush effects can be achieved when using paint. Stencil vinyl has been used in the example below to re-create old signage during a refurbishment of an industrial building in central London. The lettering is a replica of the original signage that would have existed in this old industrial building.
Signs for non-flat Surfaces and brickwork
Choose paint for non-flat surfaces such as bare or painted brick work or concrete.
Concrete is porous and retains moisture making it not suitable surface for applying vinyl. Vinyl will not adhere to bare brick work which is textured or dusty and not be suitable for vinyl applications.
How to use stencil vinyl?
We would recommend following this method for the best results.
- Firstly ensure your surfaces are clean and dry as advised by the paint supplier. Any freshly painted surface should be left to completely dry out for a minimum of 3 days to ensure the vinyl will stick.
- Next position and apply your stencil vinyl onto the chosen surface. See video that illustrates installing vinyl to wall.
- For best results paint a base coat that matches the existing wall colour, this helps to give a crisp edge and avoid any paint bleed.
- Once the base coat is fully dry apply your contrasting colour in one or if necessary 2 coats depending on the paint.
- Lastly slowly and carefully remove and discarding the stencil vinyl when the paint is absolutely dry.
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