Figure 6-5. Lettering Method
6-5. HAND SIGN PAINTING
Identify the area to be marked and clean it of dirt, grease, and base paint. Using chalk, draw parallel lines the
width of the desired letters and numbers, as shown in figure 6-5.
Using the techniques described above, draw letters and numbers, with chalk, between parallel lines in preparation
Paint the letters and numbers using the proper paint brush and paint.
Allow the paint to dry before touching. The time for drying is dependent upon the kind of paint used, the
temperature, and the thickness of the paint film. Protect the markings from dust and dirt until dry.
Once thoroughly dry, use a cloth and rub off the chalk guidelines.
Section II. STENCIL AND PAINT MAKING
Stencils enable untrained personnel to apply lettering and designs to materiel quickly and efficiently. A stencil is a paper
or metal pattern which has the letters or design cutout, so that when the stencil is held in position over a surface and paint
is applied to the cutout portions, the lettering or design will be accurately reproduced. When a large number of signs,
identification marks, or designs are to be reproduced, time is saved by using a stencil.
6-7. STENCILING TECHNIQUES
This method of painting requires the use of gummed-back (pressure-sensitive) paper stencils.
Paper stencils are available as individual letters, numerals, and legends of various sizes.
The surface to which the marking is to be applied must have all oil, dirt, and grease removed and must be
dry to prevent contamination of the stencil adhesive and the marking paint. Use liquid detergent cleaner, MILD-16791,
Type I, or another approved cleaning solution for this purpose.