How to use adhesive backed stencils – application example (video)

Watch this demonstration of an adhesive backed stencil being used on this trash can.

The adhesive backing makes it a great one-time or few-time use stencil for almost any surface.

If you need a more permanent, longer lasting stencil, try one of these materials with an aerosol spray adhesive.

How to use adhesive backed stencils whether for industrial use or personal use

  1. Prep surface – remove any artifacts, clean if needed
  2. Peel backing off stencil
  3. Apply stencil, working on any air bubbles and ensuring the edges are adhered all the way to avoid over spray
  4. Paint a thin coat. If any missing areas, paint another thin coat. (In the video, you can see I went too thick in spots which resulted in some minor bleeding)
  5. Peel off stencil
  6. Admire results.


How many applications does the adhesive last?

It depends on how dirty the surface is – a clean surface will let the stencil stay tacky for much longer. A dirty surface will pick up a lot of debris, resulting in less tackiness each application.

In general, they will be at least a little tacky for 1 to 3 applications. A perfectly clean substrate will help the stencil stay tacky longer.

What applications are adhesive stencils best for?

  • One time use stencil applications
  • Applications where speed and efficiency is most important – an adhesive stencil, with a nice border around the cut outs, will be the quickest way to Peel, Apply, Paint with no masking, increasing a production lines output
  • Surfaces that are slightly uneven – the adhesive can help the stencil stick to the surface, avoiding overspray
  • Logos with small details – the thinner stencil material (5mi) allows for a little bit more detail than our most versatile 10mil


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