Parking Lot Striping Business - Making your own Stencils
In this article I want to cover making your own parking lot striping & handicap stencils out of what is called LDP or Low Density Polyethelene. This will be a short article because making your own parking lot stencils is very simple and very economical. You first need to locate sheets of LDP or Low Density Polyethelene. Look in the yellow pages under "plastics" or "commercial plastics". You should find some companies that sell plastics in sheets, rolls, etc.. GE Polymer Shapes is probably the most popular. A 4 x 8 sheet should run around $20. The material will look like the plastic lid on a Maxwell House Coffee Can. Sort of clear but also a little milky. You can see through it a little.
Once you have purchased the LDP sheet you will simply take it to an existing marking like a handicap logo, lay the LDP over the marking and trace it out with an indelible marker. Then take it home and score around the outline with an exacto knife, pierce a corner and peel the piece out. If you have cut deep enough the piece will peel right out. You can create any stencil using this method. The stencils will be almost indestructable because of the strength of LDP. The only stencils you may want to consider buying are one with small letters or lots of letters. One last tip - parking lot markings that have just been put down and inspected are the best to use because there is a better chance of them being compliant with current code.
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