The vehicle or equipment surface must be cleaned of dirt, grease, dust, and loose paint prior to application.
Place the symbol on a flat surface, face up. Cover one point of the symbol with a small piece of masking
tape, rubbing the tape down firmly onto the symbol.
Hold the symbol by the tape, in one hand. Begin separation of the protective paper liner from the adhesive
side of the symbol.
Place the symbol on a flat surface, face down. Carefully continue pulling the paper liner from one point of
the symbol past the horizontal base of the point. Fold the liner as it is freed from the symbol.
Position the symbol on the equipment surface. Apply the exposed symbol tip to the surface while holding
the rest of the symbol taut and slightly away from the surface. Apply the exposed portion of the symbol while rolling and
pressing the material to remove wrinkles and air bubbles.
Continue removing the paper liner as stated in (3) and (4) above, rolling and pressing the unapplied portion
of the symbol to the surface until the entire marking is applied.
Roll the entire marking again, with particular attention to the edges, to insure firm and complete adhesion.
Remove the premask tape on the face of the symbol by pulling carefully on the masking tape piece (applied
in (1) above), folding the premask tape back against itself. Carefully pull back to the opposite edge of the symbol. With
this operation, the protective premask tape will tear. The remaining pieces may be removed by pulling them, folded back,
from the center of the symbol to the remaining symbol points. Roll the marking again with particular attention to the
Any remaining small air bubbles may be punctured with a pin and the air may be worked out with a finger.
Section IV. POUNCING
6-11. DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE
When it is necessary to make a quantity of the same legends, signs, identification marks, or designs, and a stencil
legend is not already available, work can be speeded up by a process known as pouncing. Pouncing is the term applied
to the use of a perforated pattern in transferring the outline of the legend, sign, or design to be painted to the painting
Pouncing should also be used when more accurate lettering and designs are desired than can be attained by
stenciling letters individually, and particularly when working over larger areas.
The following equipment and materials are needed to prepare a pouncing pattern:
Thin, durable paper (large enough to cover the lettering or design).
A pouncing wheel.