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So... should I get SayWhat?™Single Use Adhesive Stencils, or Reusable Stencils?
...We can and do make both types, see below for the major differences.

We also produce vinyl stick on letters and graphics, click here for more info.

Reusable stencils generally require BRIDGES:
 
SayWhat?
SayWhat? masking stencils are entirely bridgeless
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To hold the letter centers and larger areas in, and create a product that can hold up to repeated use, bridges are required. These end up on your finished work and can be distracting- it's generally best go over them afterwards, though it can be difficult to blend them porperly.
As a rule, the more bridges, the sturdier the design, but we look at each custom project separately.
 

You can finish your project in one pass.. You save time, and the self adhesive feature reduces "bleed" under the stencil edge- your results look clean and polished. In fact, this is the same process used by professional signmakers.

Also, many decorative designs, which might normally need several overlays, can often be painted in one pass.

See our short video below for how the product works.

 

Font and design:
With reusable stencils, although in theory most fonts can be used, in practice the font choices are limited with reusable stencils. Also, there is typically a minimum letter height- it can vary with the font, but about 1" is the smallest we recommended.
Decorative designs generally need to be simplified somewhat because of the need for bridges

 
Almost any font can be used, at sizes down to 1/2" tall or less, and virtually any special character and decorative design can be created. There's literally millions of options.
Many complex decorative designs can be created using one overlay.

Application time and effort

With reusable stencils, If you have a small project, time is about the same, other than painting out bridges as outlined above. Though not required, it is generally a good idea to apply stencil adhesive for tighter adhesion to your surface. If you have a repeating pattern, it must be moved from place to place as you go.

 
For larger projects single use can be much faster. All text and graphics complete, pre-measured and spaced precisely to fit  your wall area. There's almost no limit to the length or height- we've created projects over 300 ft. long and letters 60 inches tall.. . Apply and paint- that's it. We can even cut curves, shadows, arches- just about any shape you can imagine. If you have a large area, we can cut complete layouts with single use stencils, this is usually cost prohibitive with reusable stencils
Reusable stencils generally run somewhat more than single use, but if you are doing a lot of repeats it can be less expensive per copy.
Reusable stencils won't last forever, and we can't guarantee any particular number of uses, but with care you should be able to get dozens if not hundreds of uses from one.
 
For a single project SayWhat? is usually more cost effective than a reusable version. And in most cases extra copies are up to 50% or  more off the first copy price, so even with 2 or 3 repeats the cost can be comparable. For larger projects you need to factor in your time savings.
Stick on vinyl letters...

Another option for quality looking text and graphics is to have the design cut out of self adhesive colored vinyl, which you then stick on to your surface. This works quite well for certain situations- in fact, many commercial signs are made this way- and the application is fairly quick since you skip the painting step. We can make, and even suggest using vinyl stick on letters, but only where appropriate (feel free to ask).Here's a quick comparison
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Stick on Vinyl Letters and Graphics  compared to  
COLOR:
Limited choice of colors, most commonly bright primary tones. Most vinyl can have a plastic look which can detract from nicely finished furniture and walls.
  You can use any color you can produce with paint, plus the ability to do shading, half tones, embossing, antique or faux glazes, gold or other metal leaf, distressing, glass etching, automotive finishes,even make each letter a different color... an almost infinite number of possibilities.

SURFACES/LONGEVITY:
Stick on vinyl will only adhere to certain surfaces. It is designed to work best on very smooth or specially prepared finishes, such as glass, enameled masonite, foam or gatorboard, finished metals (aluminum, steel etc.) vinyl banner material, and the like. It sticks OK to regular wall paint and smooth or finished wood for interior use, however it would not hold up for outdoor use on these surfaces..
It won't stick to fabric, rough, or unfinished wood, stucco or other masonry,, or most other porous or highly textured surfaces. Most vinyl is rated 5-7 years indoors and 3-5 yrs outdoors Premium grade is availablle by request, please inqure.

 

Will work well on almost any clean, dry, surface, using suitable paints.

Ask if you have any doubt about your particular applications, we'll be glad to give you advice, and even send a free sample to try out if you'd like.

Painted letters will last indefinitely indoors, and 10+ years outdoors on clean, sound surfaces, using quality paint.

REMOVAL:
Although not something often mentioned, stick on vinyl will likely leave a difficult to remove sticky residue when you eventually want to remove it. It can't be painted or refinished over, it has to be peeled or buffed off.
  Our low tack adhesive will remove easily, and because it's applied for only a short time, problems are extremely rare. In most cases you can just paint over your work when you're ready for something else.
APPLICATION:
The big plus of stick on vinyl is speed of application. Smaller vinyl letters can be applied very quickly in many cases, especially on surfaces designed for their use (see surfaces above). However, larger letters can be difficult to position and apply, particularly over 3 inches or so.
 

Very easy to apply on almost any surface, placing the stencil mask takes no longer than applying letters. From there it can require just a few minutes to paint a solid color, to a couple of hours if you are doing more complex color schemes, it's pretty much up to you

We also have a NO FAULT replacement warranty if you have any problems.

COST:
Our cost for custom made designs is typically about 25% compared to single use stencils, multiple colors are additional   Design costs are comparable.
Just compare us to other companies that offer custom made vinyl letters, we're up to 1/2 the cost. We price per foot for any font and size we offer.
   
 
 
 
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