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« on: February 14, 2008 08:38:03 PM »

One of my friend bought/donated an OLPC (laptop.org) and doesn't really enjoy the green color. So after joking around a bit he agreed to have the inside stenciled in pink with Hello kitty's if I would find a stencil end a way to do it properly. Finding the stencil is not a problem since I'm pretty good with illustration tools but my question is what kind of material should I use for the stencil. We are planning on using spray paint and I would like to minimize the under spray.   Huh
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2008 07:51:10 AM »

i've never tried this before (on a laptop) but i have a suggestion:  maybe try contact paper.  that should minimize the underspray but as i've never used it for stenciling, idk if it will cut easily.  i have a feeling it will come off of the laptop quite easily but i guess you can test a small spot first.

i have used spray paint for stenciling before, and i just used some thin cardboard (recycling an empty mac and cheese box) and i sprayed in 3 layers and didn't get much underspray at all, so maybe you want to give that a shot.

i hope this helps!  i would love to see pics when you get this done!  i've never seen a stenciled hello kitty comp before *^_^*
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2008 07:16:20 AM »

Sign transfer tape works pretty well as a stencil. It's a low tack tape used in the sign industry to pick up and apply vinyl graphics. It leaves nice clean lines and you could apply it and cut it right on your substrate. The stencils only good for one use though. This is what it looks like. (pic borrowed from web) It comes in every size you could possibly want.



If you have a local sign shop nearby you could ask them to sell ya a little if you don't want to get a whole roll as it can be a little pricey.

The nice thing about it is that it's adhesive backed and you won't have to worry about it moving while painting. You can also use it to tape up the areas you don't want to get over spray.
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2008 06:48:02 AM »

Thanks for all the great advice Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2008 06:18:46 PM »

http://www.instructables.com/id/Spray-paint-stencil-for-laptop/ Wink
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