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Anyone know where I can find paint stencils for detailing my bike?

Old 01-24-08, 09:53 AM
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Anyone know where I can find paint stencils for detailing my bike?

I have a 2005 Kona Major Jake that I love to ride but the graphics dont really do anything for me. It has black stays against red main tubes and a black carbon fork. am thinking of doing some detail painting on the red to tie in the black ends. Some kind of cool flames, pinstriping, or tribal may be what I am after. The problem is that I have no skills. Does anyone know where I can find some pre-made stencils for such a project?
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Maybe?
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Hmmm.....thanks! I will check these out.
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Craft stores and bookshops often have sourcebooks of stencils or papercutting patterns.
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Use Google or Live image search to find the design that you want.
Resize it to fit where you want it.
Print it out.
Trace it to painter's tape.
Cut it out with an X-Acto knife.
Stick your stencil on your bike and paint.

I can't draw to save my life. This is a similar process from what I use for tracing applique stencils to fabric in my sewing projects.
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
Use Google or Live image search to find the design that you want.
Resize it to fit where you want it.
Print it out.
Trace it to painter's tape.
Cut it out with an X-Acto knife.
Stick your stencil on your bike and paint.

I can't draw to save my life. This is a similar process from what I use for tracing applique stencils to fabric in my sewing projects.
Good idea. Thanks
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Old 01-24-08, 12:16 PM
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Many public libraries carry books of copyright-free artwork. Much of the artwork is sillouette that would be appropriate for stenciling. Check with the reference librarian at your public library; if none is available, ask him/her to assist you with an inter-library loan. Put your tax dollars to work. You'll likely find it to be a really nice service.

Common software programs also contain stock artwork. E.g., Microsoft Office and Microsoft Works, although the entire artwork package is not necessarily transfered at installation. Most office supply stores also carry collections of copyright free artwork for minimal cost. Don't forget to check the discount section.
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Stencils may not give you the look you are looking for expecially for fine details

Check around town, there may be someone who wants to practice their pinstriping chops and will do your bike inexpensively.

Or, get a book on doing pinstriping from the bookstore or library. And buy the supplies at a car parts store and an art store. Skills can be developed.
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If you want actual pinstripes, then there are pinstripe tapes available in car stores, and on eBay, you can get 1/8 inch reflective colored pinstripes.
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Thanks all. Lots of good ideas.
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You can also get some of that printable self-adhesive paper. Find the design you want, print it out, cut it out with an x-acto, and stick it on. The only thing to be careful about is how stick the paper is - after all, you want to peel it off without leaving a residue!
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Originally Posted by jeff-o View Post
You can also get some of that printable self-adhesive paper. Find the design you want, print it out, cut it out with an x-acto, and stick it on. The only thing to be careful about is how stick the paper is - after all, you want to peel it off without leaving a residue!
The adhesive on label paper is too strong to use for stencilling. You'll get a nice clean stencil, but you'll never get all the paper and residue off your frame without ruining the new paint work.
Do any companies make a printable stencil paper with a milder adhesive? (I fine tune automated labelling systems at work so I see a lot of different papers and adhesives, but I've never seen one that's designed for stencil/peel-off work. It would be great if there is such a thing.)
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take any design to a sign shop that does vinyl. Most cities have a place called FastSigns, but any sign shop will work

A digital version is best, but they should be able to scan

They will put your design in any color and any dimension. It will be just a sticker on transfer paper, but is easier and looks better than paint. Probably easier to remove than paint if you don't like it but is very durable if you keep it.
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Try a hobby shop, they usually have a bunch of good stuff for painting a detailing various "hobby things." I think a bike would fall under that category.
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