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
- Prep surface – remove any artifacts, clean if needed
- Peel backing off stencil
- Apply stencil, working on any air bubbles and ensuring the edges are adhered all the way to avoid over spray
- 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)
- Peel off stencil
- 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