How to make a paint stencil for a bicycle frame
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There are several different methods for making stencils to use to paint designs onto a bicycle frame, but one way involves using frisket film. Frisket film is used in painting and airbrushing and is a clear flexible plastic film with a light sticky backing, making it perfect for bike stencil application.
Draw the design you want to make a stencil for on a sheet of paper. Use a pencil at first, then retrace later with a black pen. Wrap the paper onto the bike frame to make sure the size and shape is correct.
- There are several different methods for making stencils to use to paint designs onto a bicycle frame, but one way involves using frisket film.
- Wrap the paper onto the bike frame to make sure the size and shape is correct.
Tape the paper with the design to your workspace or light box. Lay a sheet of frisket film onto the design. Trace the design on the frisket film with a fine point felt pen. Remove the film and store the paper with the original design in a safe place for later.
Lay the frisket film out on a surface you can cut on. Cut out your design making a negative space stencil to use for painting. Peel the backing on the frisket film when ready to use and apply to the bicycle frame. Paint, then remove.
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