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    Paint, airbrush, making stencils

    We all want our stuff to look good...

    I am not happy with the vinyl stickers that I have been using for decals on my frames.

    I am thinking about getting an inexpensive electronic cutting machine like the silhouette-cameo and using it to make stencils for painting on lettering and other effects.
    Silhouette America - My country

    Is anyone using one a similar machine and/or have advice for making stencils to create effects with paint and/or airbrushing?

    My thinking is that the paint will allow for a smoother and better graphic presentation with more options for interesting and effects.

    I am tooling up for the effort and as such would love advice on setup, various brands of HVLP sprayers, air brush setups, safety equipment, and just about anything related to painting. Rody at Groovy has some good info on is blog and I have also been looking around some other places as I prepare for this aspect of frame building.

    The first project will be pretty basic but down the road I have an idea a rather complex paint job with a nature motif.

    If you have thoughts or photos please share.
    Mark Farnsworth, Raleigh, NC
    http://farnsworthbikes.com

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    Mark,

    there is some good info out there, you need to mine it a bit though.

    Here are a few threads of interest:

    Setting up a paint booth

    Question on painting frames- paint specific questions.

    Vinyl plotter recommendations

    With paint equipment, you get what you pay for.

    HVLP guns...the three I'd stick with are Devilbiss, Sata, and Iwata with a gravity feed, .8mm tip, and 4-8 oz cup size. You will typically find these under the "touch up" category in most automotive lines. Here's my favorite in it's current iteration:

    Devilbiss: SRi Pro Compliant Smart / Spot Repair Gravity Feed Spray Gun

    Additionally, you'll want a nice airbrush for detailed stencil work, love my Iwata HP-C Plus brush as a general do it all.

    http://www.iwata-medea.com/products/...lus/hp-c-plus/

    Read the above stuff and hit me back here with more focused questions.

    rody
    As requested by the MTBR gods, I am the voice of Groovy Cycleworks, check it out... http://www.groovycycleworks.com

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