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How To Care For Them Correctly
When you have a business that requires you to signpost things quickly, easily, and without the expense, it can be a wise idea to invest in some stencils.
However, when it comes to industrial stencils, these are a bit different from the ones used in interior design or to help children create a pretty picture. As such, in order to prolong the life of these options, you and your team will need to know the steps involved to keep them in good shape for as long as possible.
So, here are some of the best ways that you can ensure your workplace stencils pass the test of time.
You needed to make a sign quickly, pull out a stencil and some waterproof spray paint, and make it on the wall. Now what? After use, gently clean the stencil with a soft brush and mild detergent or soap. Rinse thoroughly and allow the stencil to dry completely before storing.
However, if you are using waterproof paint, this is likely to be oil-based, which will not respond to being cleaned with water and soap. So, if your stencil is made of metal, you can clean it with a dry cloth. But, if it is made from a different material, it can be worth heading to a website that specializes in custom stencils for workplaces to assess the best way to clean the paint off.
Next, if you have a set of stencils, where do you keep them? Somewhere dry and covered ideally, as this will prevent rusting if they are metal, rotting if they are made of wood, and will help them to last longer. Store stencils flat or rolled, not folded, to avoid warping or creasing, and aim to keep them away from bright sunlight.
While this should not be seen as something to be taken too seriously, you should regularly inspect the stencils for any damages, like holes or tears, and repair or replace them if necessary. It is usually not worth repairing the stencils, as this can cause them to warp out of shape, potentially making them illegible.
Use The Right Techniques
To prolong the life of stencils, it is important to use appropriate techniques when stenciling, for example: using a stencil adhesive to keep the stencil in place, using appropriate paint, not overloading the stencil with paint, and using a brush or roller with the right density.
You should also try to use the right kind of paint with the right stencil material. For example, if the stencil is made of plastic, try to use water-based paint. If the stencil is made of metal, opt for oil-based, as this will make it easier to remove.
If you are using a hand stencil, always wear gloves and wear masks when appropriate to prevent an issue with inhalation and respiratory issues.
By following these guidelines, industrial stencils can be well-maintained and can have a long lifespan, allowing for multiple uses. This will save you time, money, and a lot of stress!
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