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  • Template for Foamex Letters

    Posted by David Stevenson on April 29, 2024 at 3:14 pm

    Hi, so what’s everyone using to make templates for sticking to a wall when applying foam letters etc using double sided tape? We’re currently using Metamark stencil material but have just had a job that the paint was so bad on the wall that I removed the majority of it along with the template! We’ve a job coming up in an accountants and would prefer not having a repeat performance of the paint getting removed. As a side not this really has only been an issue on one job, the other you might lose a flake or 2 but it’s never an issue like this one’s been.

    Thanks

    Pane Talev replied 4 weeks, 1 day ago 5 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Paul Stenning

    Member
    April 29, 2024 at 3:49 pm

    We’ve always used paper or self adhesive (Mac Mask etc.) in the past but we’ve recently started using B Flute, something with a bit more rigidity is very easy to use, but needs to be cut on a flatbed

  • RobertLambie

    Administrator
    April 29, 2024 at 10:08 pm

    For acrylic, of foamex type letters where you would glue or tape the letter in place, we use, what I call a “Baseline Template”. in stencil low tack vinyl

    * Top – Template in paper.
    * Bottom – Baseline template in low-tack vinyl or paper.

    The attached picture is not “just right” but is the only one I have a picture handy of.
    Basically, you use a low-tack stencil vinyl. but only cut the baseline of the letters.
    sometimes, with difficult letters or fonts, we will use bits of template for the tops of the letters also. but that’s mainly for letters with curved bases.

    In the attached picture, the entire template is cut in one go. so all the lines are pre-spaced.
    applied in one go and the application tape removed.

    Alternatively, you could use the paper that is waste, from your laminator and reuse it to create a template.
    The paper is thicker than normal paper, so it does not tear just as easily and is a bit more stable to tape into place.
    If you set your vinyl plotter to perforation cutting, it will plot hundreds or thousands of little cuts through the paper and once finished, you will be able to push through the letters leaving a stencil version of the letters removed from the paper letting you use it to position your lettering.

    A full paper template is great for templates where you use screws etc. But obviously won’t work in this instance.

  • Craig Thompson

    Member
    April 30, 2024 at 12:15 pm

    We are luck enough to ahve a laser and laser cut templates out of free issue cardboard that has sheets wrapped in from suppliers, even better when it’s free 👍

  • Pane Talev

    Member
    May 1, 2024 at 1:19 pm

    I prefer them templates from cardboard. When I have in stock I use cardboard.

    Recently, I have quite a lot of backing paper from a Image Perfect Low Energy Vinyl that has quite thick backing paper. This backing paper works really well for me.

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