How to Make a Paint Stencil for a Bicycle Frame


There are several different methods for making stencils to use to paint designs onto a bicycle frame, but one way involves using frisket film. Frisket film is used in painting and air brushing and is a clear flexible plastic film with a light sticky backing, making it perfect for bike stencil application.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Felt pen, fine point
  • Tape
  • Frisket film sheets
  • Craft knife
  • Draw the design you want to make a stencil for on a sheet of paper. Use a pencil at first, then retrace later with a black pen. Wrap the paper onto the bike frame to make sure the size and shape is correct.

  • Tape the paper with the design to your workspace or light box. Lay a sheet of frisket film onto the design. Trace the design on the frisket film with a fine point felt pen. Remove the film and store the paper with the original design in a safe place for later.

  • Lay the frisket film out on a surface you can cut on. Cut out your design making a negative space stencil to use for painting. Peel the backing on the frisket film when ready to use and apply to the bicycle frame. Paint, then remove.

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