(Topic ID: 29471)

Home Hack - Making my own stencils

By Mk1Mod0

7 years ago

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    #1 7 years ago

    Sure, I could buy a set for my 6M$M, but where's the fun in that? The sides are pretty awful, the front is so-so and the back panel and backbox support were replaced completely. Being as I plan to keep this game awhile, I will fix it as I see fit and I want the paint to look factory fresh. (If I were in the market, I would take the repro paint job over a scratched up cab any day. But that's me and opinions vary.) So my options are to either buy a set for $100 plus shipping or make a set. I choose to make a set. Tracing and cutting is way to low tech for me, plus I'm lazy. So here's how it goes. I start with a decent photo of the cab portion to be painted via a 10MP digital SLR.


    #2 7 years ago

    Next, I clean it up using AdobePSE 8.0 with a Bamboo draw pad. Looks kinda like this.


    #3 7 years ago

    Next, I use a piece of freeware called Inkscape to turn it into a scalable png and trace it out to a line drawing. Like so:


    #4 7 years ago

    Next, I have a product from an online sign shop I use called 'Oramask 813 Spray Mask.' http://www.signwarehouse.com/p-VOR813-2410-STMSKB.html The idea is that my sign cutting software at work will size the png, and direct the cutter to slice and dice the mask film. The end result should be that I will get great computer cut stencils for a fraction of the price (minus my labor) that will give me a nice looking cab. Once I confirm that the stencils are good, I'll sand/fill/sand/fill/sand and then paint. Results to be posted. OK, purists, you can beat me if you want, but it's my machine!

    #5 7 years ago

    I know I'm stating the obvious here, but if you're doing all the cutting just from that inkscape line drawing...

    How are you going to stencil the color separations? lol.

    #6 7 years ago

    That's just to show the process to this point. There will be one with just the red cut outs and one for the blue. Easily done from this point.

    #7 7 years ago

    Well done mate, please post pics right to the finish

    #8 7 years ago
    Quoted from Mk1Mod0:

    That's just to show the process to this point. There will be one with just the red cut outs and one for the blue. Easily done from this point.

    Just making sure.

    #9 7 years ago

    Front(red) and front(blue)

    frontred.png frontblue.png

    #10 7 years ago

    I see nothing wrong with what you are doing. Espescially if it is a machine that you plan to keep. It will look much more presentable in you home with a fresh paint job. Some people would rather have it original, but if I were buying the machine from you, I would rather have it after you put a new paint job on the cabinet. Can't wait to see some before and after photos.

    #11 7 years ago

    Will you be using vinyl for the stencil?

    #12 7 years ago
    Quoted from jrrdw:

    Will you be using vinyl for the stencil?

    PVC, according to the link in his description.

    #13 7 years ago

    You could simplify the first few steps by using Adobe Illustrator to trace vector lines instead of using photoshop and 'Inkscape'

    #14 7 years ago

    "freeware called Inkscape" is a pretty far cry from Adobe Illustrator, which is 500 bucks if you don't already have access to it or a discount.

    #15 7 years ago

    Cool hope this ends up good

    #16 7 years ago

    Yeah...if I could get AI I probably would. Can't really justify that expense. Even with it, I doubt it is smart enough to figure this mess out...


    #17 7 years ago

    The story I got from the gent I bought it from was that it had been in a frat house at one point. You would not believe the hacks in the electronics. Not to mention this mess of a box. Surprisingly, the P/F is an 8.5 and the B/G is a 10. Not too bad a deal.

    2 weeks later
    #18 7 years ago

    FINALLY got the side art done. The head art should take no time at all in comparison. Now all I have left to do is get the paint color matched, cut out the stencils and paint away.


    1 week later
    #19 7 years ago

    No turning back now...

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    #20 7 years ago

    First white coat. One more then my stencils get the ultimate test.


    #21 7 years ago

    Nice dude. Man, it's crazy to see woodgrain on a pin like that. It took me a second to figure out what the heck part of the pin it actually was.

    #22 7 years ago

    great progress. i'm assuming you painted the backbox and cab indoors, and brought them outside for pics?? hopefully?

    #23 7 years ago

    Not really a hack , looks like you're doing it the proper way . Nice work.

    #24 7 years ago

    Every time i use the Inkscape trace feature, I always get lines that are actually two lines/curves with black filled in between. Makes it so hard to edit. it looks like your traces are the same. Does that give problems with the vinyl cutter? Does it cut both lines with spaghetti inbetween? Is there any way to force it to a single line/curve at the transition from one color to the next?

    I just did the stencil art for a Gameplan Sharpshooter. It was fairly simple and I just hand traced it in CorelDraw over the photos and sent it off to be cut and backed by Gamestencils.com. Worked great. Autotracing attempts on it were terrible because there was so much overspray and speckling on the original artwork.

    #25 7 years ago

    After you make the line drawing in Inkscape, fill in (with black) the part(s) you want the vinyl cutter to remove. That will make it run the outline of a shape instead of cutting "both sides" of a line. I had the same trouble until I looked at other clip art that came with the cutter and figured out the difference.

    #26 7 years ago

    Meanwhile, on the other side of the garage...


    1 week later
    #28 7 years ago

    Finally got the weax to cooperate. First, a final coat of white.


    #29 7 years ago

    Next, apply the red paint stencils...

    IMG_4151.JPG IMG_4152.JPG IMG_4150.JPG

    #31 7 years ago

    Aaaaaaaand peel...

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    #33 7 years ago

    Did you mean to paint your fence?

    #34 7 years ago

    That is awesome! Nice work Mk1. Can't wait to see it finished.

    #35 7 years ago

    All I can think about is the fence! Cab looks nice though.

    #36 7 years ago

    I use the fence to adjust the gun. Makes it kinda festive, no?

    #37 7 years ago

    "always look on the bright side of life"

    #38 7 years ago

    this is over awesome , great job

    #39 7 years ago

    Okay. Good weax again, on with the show. First, the stencils for the blue paint. Kinda weird to apply blue film then REMOVE the parts where the blue paint goes...

    IMG_4170.JPG IMG_4173.JPG

    #40 7 years ago

    Add paint, spray, peel and voila!!


    #41 7 years ago

    A little touch-up, some clear coat and re-install all the hardware! Then it's on to the P/F...


    #42 7 years ago

    Nice job on the cab.

    Like the graffiti ghetto fence too,bloods and crips

    #43 7 years ago

    Really great job!

    #44 7 years ago

    Sweet! You got some mad skills Mk1

    #45 7 years ago

    That looks absolutely amazing...

    #46 7 years ago

    Looks fantastic! now go paint your fence.

    #47 7 years ago


    I haven't got up the nerve to try restoring a cabinet, yet.

    #48 7 years ago

    That's FAR from a hack - brilliant job!!! Outstanding work.

    #50 7 years ago

    Cudos. Nice work my friend.

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