Yellowbox Solutions of Yeovil was commissioned to supply the stencil for painting a repeat pattern onto a corkboard wall within the canteen at Preston Secondary School, as part of a complete refurbishment programme.
With the overall area measuring 2.6 metres high by seven metres long, Yellowbox decidedthat the conventional stencil method – the use of a bespoke stencil made from 190+ micron Mylar –while a hand-painted ‘step and repeat’ pattern would be both too time consuming on a wall of this size and give inconsistent results. Instead, the company produced a cut-stencil that could be applied to the entire wall, thus enabling it to be painted by the decorators in one fell swoop.
The company elected to use a self-adhesive stencil masking film, manufactured by ASLAN and supplied by Doro Tape UK, which is specifically designed for use on rough surfaces and was thus deemed ideal for this project.
Firstly, Yellowboxcreated a mock cork-board wall in its workshop and carried out a test and, having confirmed that the material was as easy to cut and weed as it initially seemed, it applied it to the wall, where it adhered very well, combining flexibility and ease of use with sufficient durability to prevent tearing during application.
The film was applied in a number of drops and once the entire wall was covered, the decorators moved in to add a coat of paint, which was left to dry overnight. A second coat was applied the following morning and after an hour of drying time, the stencil was removed cleanly. The final result was a great success. The finish was excellent and there was much less bleed than would be expected when using a standard stencil. Furthermore, the client was delighted with the result and agreed that it was by far and away the best solution.