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Alternatives to tranfer tape?

Discussion in 'Airbrush accessories' started by Karl Becker, Nov 30, 2020.


  1. Karl Becker

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    I'm in the beginning stages of transferring stencils to a substrate for paint work. I've seen a few people on YT using clear contact paper to do this. My question is, how does the adhesive on contact paper compare to actual transfer tape? I know there are different grades of transfer tape, so lets assume we are talking about one with a mild tack. I'm looking for something that isn't going to pull fresh paint off.

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    Are you sure it's contact paper and not clear frisket or masking film? Even the stuff that's made for that that, can cause problems. Surface must be well prepaired. Paint must be 100% dry. Transfer paper/film must not be old as glue can come off the film and stick to the paint. And different brands also act different. I have two and they act differently. One does not like clean board but works great over paint the the other is the other way around.
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    I buy the adhesive shelf and drawer liner from the dollar store or walmart...
    I find it works better than the brand name transfer paper.
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    Thanks everyone!

    Yeah, the video I was watching, the guy was using actual contact paper, same brand we sell at work. I'll see if I can find the vid again. I know the adhesive on it is pretty strong, which is why I was asking. I don't own any transfer tape yet, so I don't have anything to compare it to at the moment. I was excited about the contact paper idea because I can get an 18" x 20' roll of it for under $10.
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    sometime the 'back to school' sales have clear contact 'book covering' - the glue isn't super strong so it may be useful
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    For the official record, I finally found the video. It was Bill Kennedy, and he was just using the contact paper as masking, not to transfer anything.

    My bad.
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