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  • Thick paper, cardboard templates – what do you use?

    Posted by Pane Talev on January 26, 2022 at 9:08 am

    Good day folks,

    Thick paper, cardboard templates – what do you use to position/ install flat cut letters?

    When I have piece of flat card board lying around, this is not a problem, I just laser cut a template.

    At the moment I need to cut quite large template. Need ideas for material use/ sourcing please.

    Jeff replied 1 year, 9 months ago 9 Members · 16 Replies
  • 16 Replies
  • Martyn Heath

    January 26, 2022 at 10:21 am

    Hi pane, why not use a cheap indoor vinyl. This is what ive done in the past. Lay the vinyl onto the wall, insert letters, peel off

    • David Hammond

      January 26, 2022 at 10:29 am

      We’ve used paint mask in the past.

      It can be a bit problematic when it doesn’t stick as well as you’d like.

  • Pane Talev

    January 26, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Vinyl is to risky for me. Might take paint of the wall. Potentially another problem.

    Laser cut cardboard template is sexy. Just need to source flat cardboard or thicker paper.

    • Kevin Mahoney

      January 26, 2022 at 12:45 pm

      โ€œLaser cut cardboard template is sexy.โ€

      You need to get out more Pane

    • Pane Talev

      January 26, 2022 at 2:46 pm


  • Robert Lambie

    January 26, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    Use the plotter pen on the rear of the vinyl lamination carrying paper. i.e. the paper you bin. (recycle ๐Ÿ˜€)
    It is thicker than general paper and the silicon coating helps with moisture etc when working outside.

    The full paper template is great for templates where you use screws etc.
    For acrylic letters where you would glue or tape the letter in place, we baseline cut in stencil low tack vinyl or again in paper which is perf-cut.

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

    • Martyn Heath

      January 26, 2022 at 1:53 pm

      wow never seen the baseline method! 20 years in the game and still learning simple stuff

  • Mark Johnston

    January 26, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    And a new one on me also. nice one! ๐Ÿ‘

  • Pane Talev

    January 27, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    This is my template folks. Stays nice and flat. I have 4 lines of flat cuts. That is why I want 1 big piece of cardboard. I have done it Robertโ€™s way in the past, but this is better for me for this job

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by  Pane Talev.
  • Kevin Mahoney

    January 27, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Might be worth trying some corrugated packing roll Pane, smooth on one side & cheap enough

    • Pane Talev

      January 27, 2022 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks Kevin.

      That is what I had in mind. Just struggling to find suppliers locally.

  • Karen White

    January 30, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    i have always used a paper template and never had any problems.
    the baseline template is new to me! ๐Ÿ˜€

    pane, that is a pretty large space around your letters in your template?

    • Pane Talev

      February 1, 2022 at 2:58 pm

      @KarenWhite – Re: large space around my letters – that’s not intentional around my design. But between lines, that is the look / space wanted by the client / architect.

  • Simon Worrall

    January 31, 2022 at 1:04 am

    I use stencil vinyl or removable vinyl.

    Cut out the letters, smear Siroflex grip and grab glue with a squeegee over the opening the letter is going into, the thickness of the vinyl keeps it a good regular thickness of glue, press the letters in place, remove vinyl after a bit of drying time.

  • Pane Talev

    February 1, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    Wall on the left is structural wall paper. No vinyl other than high tack will apply on it. On the photo on the right, removable vinyl can be used, but I still prefer laser cut cardboard. (now that I have laser in-house)

  • Jeff

    February 8, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    i can see the attraction using a rigid board pane. but is this not a bit overkill, mate?
    could you not just laser brown paper?

    at the end of the day we use what we feel best with, so i am not knocking you in anyway, mate. ๐Ÿ‘

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