What is the purpose of an aluminum stencil?
An aluminum stencil has changed the way companies and individuals have approached painting jobs. If you have ever had to use a stencil made of lesser material, like cardboard, you will know the frustration that is often associated with using them. The lines that are produced from using a subpar stencil are often jagged and unprofessional. Also, a lot of stencils are too thin and flimsy to produce decent results. There is no reason to continue using these types of stencils. Especially, when you have other materials that are stronger and easier to use. Materials, like aluminum, have created an easy way to use stencils.
With the introduction of CNC machines, stencils are now created out of strong material, such as aluminum and plastic. Aluminum stencils have changed the stencil landscape. They fix the problems that are associated with lesser materials and less precise cutting. Using an aluminum stencil has many benefits over its predecessors. Some of these benefits are, an easier to clean surface, a thicker and sturdier material, and a rolled edge.
The surface on these aluminum stencils are easier to clean. It is important to not let paint build up on these stencils. The more paint that builds up on these stencils will take away the benefits of a rolled edge and create an uneven spray line. The dried paint can take away the crisp, clean lines that are supposed to come from a durable aluminum stencil.
Aluminum stencils are thicker and more durable than many other stencil materials. Aluminum stencils from Capitol Barricade are made from thermalized .080” thick flat stock. It is important to keep the stencils flat so that they lay flush on the surface you are spraying. Even though the material is thick and durable, care should still be taken to prevent the stencils from bending and losing their flat shape.
The rolled edge is an essential addition to a stencil. These rolled edges prevent overspray. The last thing you want when painting for another company is a poor finish. Without this rolled edge, there is a greater chance of having thick paint globs left behind. Having this rolled edge is key to having an excellent finished stencil. If you are using the stencil for a professional job, then it will be important for you to have a clean paint symbol. Essentially, aluminum stencils have changed the working world. Everything from crafts to parking lot signs, aluminum stencils are the way to go to get a professional look.
What Can You Use a Stencil For?
These stencils are excellent in many situations. An aluminum stencil can be used for any painting job that you may have. If you are looking to put symbols in a parking lot, such as arrows and handicap signs, those can be created to your specifications, even parking lot symbols can have customization. For example, you own a business in a certain state and want the handicap signs within the outline of the state. These stencils can be created by a CNC machine so that you get that custom look.
Capitol Barricade keeps numerous stencils in stock for numbers, letters, and common parking lot stencils. Not only can we customize parking lot stencils, we can create whatever you want. If you want your brand in a stencil for the work that you do, then we can make that happen. We can make custom stencils of all types and sizes. Some of these examples are:
- Hopscotch layouts
- Company logos
- Custom words to company logos
- Custom parking lot symbols
Creating these custom stencils does not take that long. We typically will ship within 3-5 business days. This means that you can order exactly what you want, it will be cut and shipped within that time period. Whether you want to use a stencil for your company or you have a brand for your ranch you want to stencil on your equipment, it can all be finished and in your hands in a matter of days.
Why not add some excitement to your companies parking lot and get a custom stencil. It will look great and attract a lot of attention. Getting these stencils is not only for aesthetic pleasure but for practical reasons. Imagine a parking lot without the typical signs you are used to seeing, like arrows, pedestrian paths, and specialized parking for certain individuals. Without these essential signs, confusion will prevail and cause your patients, clients, or customers to have a frustrating experience. Essentially, this is a great way to promote your business and have your clients coming back again and again.
Why Would You Use an Aluminum Stencil Over Plastic
When you have to choose between an aluminum and a plastic stencil, there are certain things that you should realize. Most of the plastic stencils you will find are great but there are some drawbacks to plastic stencils. The positives that come from plastic is that they are light and easy to store. The plastics will also be easy to clean. Plastic will also be extremely durable. Most likely the plastic stencils will not bend, but they will be more prone to breaking. However, even with the drawbacks of using plastic, they are still an excellent choice for any of your stencil needs.
On the other hand, aluminum is a great alternative to using a plastic stencil. Aluminum is durable and if cleaned can last for a really long time. It is also easy to clean, which is important for longevity. One downside to aluminum is that it can bend, if proper care is not taken. If you are aware of your stencils and how they are stored, you should be fine. Placing cardboard or foam in between the stencils can ensure that your forms will not bend.
There is an additional benefit that you will get over using plastic, which is the rolled edge that aluminum will have. As discussed earlier, this rolled edge will prevent any overspray. Drive Aluminum said this concerning aluminum, “Aluminum is naturally corrosion resistant, which helps maintain… structure and increase lifespan. Aluminum is approximately one-third the weight of steel, meaning parts can be made thicker and stronger while still reducing weight.” There are many benefits that come from using aluminum for any of your stencil needs.
Overall, either stencil material is going to be leaps and bounds ahead of materials from the past. Not only that, but the way that these stencils are created allow for clean and concise painted images. Another reason aluminum may be desired over plastic is for it being used as decor. A lot of people like the look of the raw metal stencil hanging on the wall. It adds a rustic look to any home or office building. These stencils can also be painted with your company’s colors to add a unique look. Whether you want to hang a metal stencil in your home or have your brand made to hang on a company wall, there is an option for you.
If you want to create a custom stencil or need something that is generic, then call us. We can help you choose the stencil material that is best for your situation.