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Project:How stencils work
Project Started:1/16/2006Project Status:Sold

Goal of Project:
I show with pictures how to use the vinyl stencils I sell.
Stencilling a Stargate mini. Thanks to Omar for letting me use his mini to restore! This was the same machine I scanned before redrawing the art to make these stencils.
This is the machine I am stencilling. Cabinet prep is CRITICAL! This cabinet was completely sanded, spray primed with Bulls-Eye 123 then sprayed red with 3 coats of Duke Red Ralph Lauren paint. Really can't stress enough how important it is that your paint job be as smooth as possible. The smoother the cabinet, the crisper the lines you will end up with as you will see later on...
Here are the primary things you will need: Newspaper, Painters tape, Stencils, Razor/xacto, Squeegee or Credit Card, Paint, and a Paper towel.
First step is to put the stencil in position. Small stencils like this one you can tape up while the came is vertical.. larger ones I recommend setting the cab on it's side. Careful measurement is important here.. Use a tape measure to measure known cuts in the stencil (peel back some of the paper mask to see lines). Take your time lining things up, and then tape the stencil to the cab. Make a hinge with tape about halfway up.
Roll down the stencil to the hinge you made, now, peel back the backing and cut it off with the xacto knife exposing the sticky side of the stencil.
Now, just as if you were installing sideart, using a side to side motion with your paper towel slowly stick the stencil down to the cabinet. A nice smooth motion will put it on with no bubbles.
Now the top half is stuck so you don't need the tape any more.. Lift the bottom of the stencil up and repeat the process on the other half until the whole thing is stuck in position. Use your squeegee or credit card to press everything down.
Now, carefully peel away the top masking material, leaving the stencil itself behind.. If an area of the stencil lifts with it, use your squeegee to put pressure on it to stick. Use the newspaper and tape to cover any edges that are exposed, cover anything you don't want paint on :)
Most multicolor stencils have some kind of registration block.. These are left on the machine between colors as subsequent colors have an empty box in that same place to help you with positioning them. When the entire cab is done, these just peel off. Just remember to leave them on!
Using a very light spray from 12 inches away, paint the color. In this case, Rust Oleum satin black. Many light coats will have a much nicer appearance than one heavy one and also reduce runs.
Allow the paint some time to set up and then carefully peel away the stencil material.. It will release very easily.
Closeup of how crisp the lines are.. notice, no bleeding.
Another closeup.. Some games had factory underspray, to do this, simply lift an edge here and there and you can easily recreate that look.
Here's with the second layer of yellow painted.. works just like the first,using the two registration boxes to line things up.
Multiple colors both crisp. The final step will be a coat of Minwax Polycrylic water based urethane.
spriggy - 1/15/2006 10:28:47 PM
Lovely work /b!
Omar - 1/16/2006 1:48:20 PM
Now that is a super nice job! You should put out "how to" videos and sell them.
[email protected] - 1/31/2006 4:12:06 PM
Where are you located. Great work!!!
Mike - 2/24/2006 8:40:35 PM
Where did you get the vinyl stencils from?
Brian - 2/25/2006 4:45:18 PM
I make and sell these stencils.
[email protected] - 3/14/2006 1:43:36 PM
I am going to redo the side art on my stargate upright. I love your work and will be buying your stencils. A couple questions: 1 - What color yellow did you use? 2 - Did you use spray cans, airbrush or other? 3 - Did you fade the red color? It looks darker at the bottom and orangish at the top, and is that the way they came? Thanks. John Gregory
Brian - 3/14/2006 7:41:08 PM
Hi.. the red looks like that because of the camera flash.. it's a very even red color all the way top to bottom. Called 'Duke Red' from Ralph Lauren. The yellow is a krylon spray can, Sunburst Yellow and the black is Rust Oleum Satin Black. All finished with a coat of semi gloss Minwax water based polyurethane.
John - 10/9/2006 10:50:25 AM
How does one by a stencil from you or can you buy just the stencil material from you
[email protected] - 2/8/2007 12:34:40 AM
Your stencils are amazing. I will stencil my mspac. You are a true arcade innovator! My compliments!
ar - 2/28/2007 11:24:22 PM
Jeff Adams [email protected] - 6/7/2007 7:39:12 PM
How can I buy a stargate stencil set from you.
Michael Lenardon - 7/7/2007 3:06:45 AM
These Stencils are super nice to work with. The key to sucess it prep work. I used several coats of primer ahead of time with sanding and then spayed the sides using Krylon Red (4 cans) to achive a near perfect base coat. The stencils are of the exact tac needed and look super. Michael
chris Fowler - 11/13/2007 12:03:12 AM
Just curious isn`t the 'Duke Red' from Ralph Lauren a latex based paint?I know you can spray the oils over it but what about the Minwax water based polyurethane doesn`t this cause problems putting it over the oils from the stencils?
brian - 11/22/2007 10:48:46 PM
Yea, duke red is typical indoor wall paint. Oil and latex paints can coat one another just fine.. The key to the final finish is using a water based clear that adheres well to both.

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