How do I make a stencil or paint template?

Hoe maak ik een stencil of verfsjabloon? - Snijlab

If you want to make a paint stencil or paint stencil, laser cutting is a quick and easy way to do it. The stencil is cut out very neatly and can often be reused. But how do you make a stencil and which material do you choose? Read on for our step-by-step plan.

1. Draw a picture

When creating a laser drawing for stencils, pay attention to the following points:

  • Connect loose parts with 'bridges', choose a stencil font for text
  • Convert thick lines and overlapping shapes to outlines
  • Draw a frame around your design, this is the outer edge of your stencil. Allow enough space for this, which works fine if you use the template.

Would you like a more detailed explanation of how to make a drawing? Then check out our extensive tutorial.

2. Create an account or log in & upload your drawing

3. Choose the material

PETG or polyester is generally the most suitable material for a stencil. Polyester is thin, flexible and impact resistant. The material is transparent, making it easy to position on the surface. In addition, the material is water-resistant, making it easy to clean and often reusable.

Corrugated cardboard is less robust and is offered as an alternative if, for example, a stencil is only used once. The material is slightly cheaper and less harmful to the environment than polyester. A disadvantage of corrugated cardboard is that the plates are somewhat lighter and have a less even surface, which means that the paint can sometimes get underneath.

MDF is suitable for many applications. MDF is comparable to corrugated cardboard in terms of costs. The biggest difference is that a sheet of MDF is a lot heavier, is not flexible and does not dent as quickly.

4. Order your stencil

Read more about ordering in the drawing rules

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