Print sticker to mask for painting?

biker for life

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I was wondering if anybody here has some experience with using stickers to mask of an area during painting. I want to paint my gastank in two colors, where one color would be a 'had-written' name. Straight lines can be masked easily, but for more fine work and complex shapes, I was thinking of having the name printed as a sticker and use that to mask of the area. Will it cope with the paints?

I'm using a 1k color coat in a spray can, followed by a 2K clear coat.


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Vinyl works great for that, I did my side covers and a couple of helmets that way. You just want to make sure they aren't super sticky so they don't leave a residue and aren't too hard to remove.


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I used a vinyl cut decal (cut with heavy duty masking material) to mask my XS points cover for a light sandblasting.

Paint would be no problem - I think it's done all the time. Just make sure whoever is cutting the material for you knows what you're using it for.



Nick Ol' Eye
There is specific paint mask vinyl made for this. It is low rack so it is easily removable without damaging the substrate. I have a roll of paint mask in stock, if you have a design ready I can cut it for you as well.

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I am thinking of doing this same kind of thing once I am ready to start painting. My sister has a machine called a Cricut that will print pretty much any image uploaded in the right format, SVG I think. I am going to have her print out a few designs on the vinyl sheets and use them as the stencil.

I'll post the success, or failure, of this once I have tested it out.


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You don't want to "print" decals/stickers, you want to use a die cut vinyl as mentioned. I've been using oracle 651 for it's less tacky adhesive if it's a decal being used as a mask that will be removed after paint or powder coating. It the decal is to remain under a clear coat I would use an Oracal 751 or 651. Paint mask is available, but more expensive than vinyl.

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