Stenciling is an ideal choice to mark product identification or information requires a clear and permanent mark to meet coding needs. Industrial stencils can be used in your factory or business. Stencils are fabricated from oil board or metal and can be cut with cutting machines. Popular materials for industrial application include oil board, Mylar, brass or magnesium. There are 3 primary methods for applying inks and paints. Stencils offer the opportunity to mark almost any substrate.
Types of stencils:
The standard stencils are interlocking or separate plate stencils.
Interlocking stencils are a fast and effective way to mark a variety of items and substrates.
They can be used in combination with other stencils that have the same size characters. These stencils can be reused multiple times over.
Separate plate stencils work the same as interlocking stencils however they do not interlock.
Bespoke stencilsare special custom stencils which are commonly used for logos brands and marketing. They are versatile and reusable. They are useful when marking many items with the same text.
There are 3 commonly used methods for using stencils for industrial purposes:
Spraying paint on a stencil is possible the quickest way to stencil. It requires a lot of control.
It can be applied controlled manner by using an airbrush or a paint sprayer which will allow you to control the flow of paint and pressure.
Using a stencil by Brushing paint is not as fast as spraying method. However, it is a very controlled method. It is recommended to use minimal paint and work it into the tip of the brush before you paint through the stencil.
This is suited to stenciling nonshiny surface. It is a good idea to invest in an ink roller kit for industrial use. It is recommended to use minimal paint before using the stencil with the roller to achieve best results.
How to use a stencil:
The first thing to do is hold the stencil firmly in place. Masking or painters tape can be used to do this. An adhesive can also be used which can be removed easily without leaving any residue or damaging your stenciling surface.
The next step is to apply paint to the stencil. This is an easy process. There are many types of equipment that can be used to create a crisp stenciled finished product.
Types of stenciling ink
There are different types of inks that include water-based inks, dye-based inks and pigment inks.
Manufacture dye-based and pigment inks which are weatherproof and waterproof which are suitable for marking any surface
Non –hazardous water-based inks offering enhanced adhesion on plastics and ultra-fast drying inks. These inks are available in a range of colors.
Industrial stenciling ink has to be formatted to meet quality control standards. High-quality inks should be permanent, waterproof, light-resistant and fast drying.
You can find out more about specialty inks such as stenciling ink at https://www.needham-ink.com/speciality-inks/stencilling-inks/ . Needham Ink manufactures a range of standard stenciling inks, which are suitable for stenciling onto most substrates.