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I have been using copy paper for my hand cut stencils but it does not stay flat after paint has hit it, so I lose the hard edge .
What is a cheap inexpensive paper that will stay flat
I'm in australia so something local would be handy
thanks
scott
 
check officeworks or your local newsagent, they have thin board that might do the trick. Spotlight also sell mylar if you want a stencil that you are going to use often.
I've got a piece of galv on my easel so if I'm painting on paper / board I just use rare earth magnets to hold the board and stencils .
 
Your spraying way too wet if it distorts your paper stencils. If you used Mylar stencils it would run like crazy. But yes, see if you can get some thin card or vellum paper.
 
One thing you can try is some low tack spray on the back of the stencil. It cleans off easy if any of it sticks on your work.
 
Mylar works awesome but in a pinch, Card Stock is sold at most office supply stores. It will last you a few uses. Mylar is best for longevity though.
 
As Bodyworx said, Mylar is the best material for creating stencils.
I make paper ones for single use, but if I need to make a more permanent one, I"ll go get a sheet of Mylar.
Card stock, while being heavier and more durable stuff than paper, is ok, but if it needs to be accurately cut, can cause some problems in this regard.
 
splasha is right. Mylar has a MUCH cleaner and sharp edge than any card stock i have used but i don't generally use them for more than a basic outline for proportions. I use Card Stock a lot but a sheet of mylar is about 4-5$ and i save that for precise stuff i need to stencil.
 
Another option is to cut a piece of the stencil out close to the edge of the stencil and use masking tape to hold it down, similar to the low tack option.
Along with the other advice here!!
 
I buy the dividers that go in your school folders, Not the paper ones but you can get 10 plastic ones for a dollar at Kmart.
The other one thats good to use is the old suspension folders for bottom draws and filing cabinets, usually that dark green colour.
They have that metal strip along the top.
They stand up pretty well and are very cheap.
Not the cream manilla folders from school.
 
Mylar works awesome but in a pinch, Card Stock is sold at most office supply stores. It will last you a few uses. Mylar is best for longevity though.

Back in my sign-writing days when we had to do repeated non custom signs, ie, fire exit info on doors and such, we used simple card stock for stencils, we would coat these on both sides with "button polish" which is a methylated spirit based varnish, because it is spirit based, it can stand up to water or oil based paints, it can be cleaned with minimal risk of damage and will last for ages as well as not warp, just an idea if you'd like to use your stencils several times.
 
Back in my sign-writing days when we had to do repeated non custom signs, ie, fire exit info on doors and such, we used simple card stock for stencils, we would coat these on both sides with "button polish" which is a methylated spirit based varnish, because it is spirit based, it can stand up to water or oil based paints, it can be cleaned with minimal risk of damage and will last for ages as well as not warp, just an idea if you'd like to use your stencils several times.
WOW! Button Polish! Im not even sure where id find that but that would be excellent. Card Stock is WAY cheaper and i love making stencils.
 
WOW! Button Polish! Im not even sure where id find that but that would be excellent. Card Stock is WAY cheaper and i love making stencils.

You could probably find it at a specialist decorators suppliers, we still use to treat and seal water stains/damage before applying latex emulsion paints, it stops the stains coming through the finish, it also seals pen and permanent marker spots to stop those coming through household wood fishes, pretty versatile stuff, it's also used for sealing knots in pine wood before priming to stop resin seapage, for that reason we refer to it as "knotting" sometimes also referred to as shellac.
 
Card from frozen food packaging seems to work well in a pinch. I guess it's made to withstand getting wet. I have some simple shapes and curves that I've been using for two years now, wiped the paint off before it properly dried and good to use again another time. High pressures might get a bit of paint bounce though on the printed side, or paint pooling? But I've used it at lower pressures (20 or below) just fine. Probably no better than ordinary card, but the only thing I had handy one time, and it worked out pretty well.
 
@Bodyworx if you can't find the spirit varnish ready to use, you can make your own very simply all you need is methylated spirits which I'm sure you already have and then you can buy shellac flakes and dissolve these overnight in your spirits, I should warn you that the stuff is highly flammable in its liquid state, for this reason it is difficult to ship and certainly wouldn't be allowed these days on an aircraft.

It is commonly used for finishing furniture, we used it years ago for finishing sapelle doors.
 
@Bodyworx if you can't find the spirit varnish ready to use, you can make your own very simply all you need is methylated spirits which I'm sure you already have and then you can buy shellac flakes and dissolve these overnight in your spirits, I should warn you that the stuff is highly flammable in its liquid state, for this reason it is difficult to ship and certainly wouldn't be allowed these days on an aircraft.

It is commonly used for finishing furniture, we used it years ago for finishing sapelle doors.
Used it years ago (70's) It leaves a slightly yellowy finish is that the stuff ?
 
I buy the dividers that go in your school folders, Not the paper ones but you can get 10 plastic ones for a dollar at Kmart.
The other one thats good to use is the old suspension folders for bottom draws and filing cabinets, usually that dark green colour.
They have that metal strip along the top.
They stand up pretty well and are very cheap.
Not the cream manilla folders from school.

Going to the big smoke tomorrow will go to one of these "kmart" places
cheers fly
 
If you're still toying with the paper/cardstock option, you might also consider coating it with something like Micador "Crystal Clear" liquid acrylic.
Gives an exceptional smooth surface [ if you follow the instructions on the can exactly ] and is easy clean - washes in water!
can't say about solvent resistant because I haven't tried it out with any, but I reckon you might be fairly safe with it.
 
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