PW Stencils

N2PPN

New member
Hi,
My name is Rich and I am starting up a PW company in the NYC metro area. I saw a video of someone using a stencil (metal I believe) on some concrete that when PW'd looked like the name had been spray painted on to the concrete. I thought it was a great advertising "gimmick" and if done tastefully, could bring in business.... it could be used on dirty trucks, (instead of the finger scrawling of "wash me" usually seen in NYC on the back of many straight trucks) and on driveways and sidewalks as a demo-calling card.

Does anyone know of a metal stencil company that makes these, as every company I call seems to want to charge an arm and a leg for design, tooling, set-up and wants me to order more than the one or two I would need, or has a size limit on the material they can provide.

I have my own art department and can do all the design work for the stencil myself and may just be forced to make my own. On that note, if anyone has made their own, what material did you use? duct sheet metal, brass sheeting, or a plastic or vinyl product ( I suspect old linoleum could be used for a start, easy to cut and lays flat on the surface, don't know about how long it might last though)

I'll keep the posts updated, and if I find a good inexpensive source of this type of stencil, I'll post it and share the knowledge.

Rich
rmepowerwashing.com
 

GraffBuster

New member
Hi, Rich, and welcome to PWI. I think if you do a search just on this Forum, there are a bunch of posts about stencils as an advertising "hook."
From what little I know about them, they are generally cut from steel, both for durability and to keep the "mask" from moving when hit by the spray stream.
Maybe the custom ones are a tad pricey, but I don't have a plasma cutter for making my own, and I doubt if I could do as good a job as the guys who produce them commercially.
Great for flatwork, not so good on vertical surfaces. Your comment about "wash me" scrawled in the dirt on trucks had me thinking of ways to stick one on a truck or trailer body with magnets, but there's probably too much aluminum goin' on these days for that to work real well. :(
 

N2PPN

New member
Maybe an old silicone drain mat and an x-acto blade?? Oh and don't forget the willing partner to hold the thing up while you blast the truck side :)
 

N2PPN

New member
Just ordered my Stencils

Just ordered my Stencils from Marc.
Can't wait to put 'em to use!!!

Rich
rmepowerwashing.com
 

The Cleaner

Vetran Washer 30 Years Plus
Hi,
My name is Rich and I am starting up a PW company in the NYC metro area. I saw a video of someone using a stencil (metal I believe) on some concrete that when PW'd looked like the name had been spray painted on to the concrete. I thought it was a great advertising "gimmick" and if done tastefully, could bring in business.... it could be used on dirty trucks, (instead of the finger scrawling of "wash me" usually seen in NYC on the back of many straight trucks) and on driveways and sidewalks as a demo-calling card.

Does anyone know of a metal stencil company that makes these, as every company I call seems to want to charge an arm and a leg for design, tooling, set-up and wants me to order more than the one or two I would need, or has a size limit on the material they can provide.

I have my own art department and can do all the design work for the stencil myself and may just be forced to make my own. On that note, if anyone has made their own, what material did you use? duct sheet metal, brass sheeting, or a plastic or vinyl product ( I suspect old linoleum could be used for a start, easy to cut and lays flat on the surface, don't know about how long it might last though)

I'll keep the posts updated, and if I find a good inexpensive source of this type of stencil, I'll post it and share the knowledge.

Rich
rmepowerwashing.com

Contact Marc @
http://www.powerwashstencils.com/
 
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