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P.O. Box 200 / 500 Wilcox Road
Salkum, WA 98582

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Phone: 1.800.775.0797
Fax: 1.360.985.2996

We've been in business for over 41 years.
Etch-O-Matic is a Trademark of
Martronics Corp.
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Tips & Time-Saving Solutions

The following Tips & Time-Saving Solutions have been compiled from years of artwork inquires.

Some of the most asked questions include:

  • Special Computer Software Needed
  • Best Fonts & Sizes
  • Help with Developing Stencils
No Special
Computer Software Needed

You can quickly make your artwork or text copy on any computer, with your existing software.

Print your artwork or text copy in Black & White Settings - Best Quality - dark black is best for your transparency.

Time-Saving Hint: Hold your transparency up to the light to make sure you don't see any light through the dark black type areas.


Font Tips

NO Color - NO Grayscale - NO Half Tones

Keep your font with consistent DARK lines.


Note: If you are sending us your artwork, we can accept these formats:



Time-Saving Hint: The smallest font for making good stencils is


Stencil Making Tips

We have included two video tutorials - although - for editing purposes - the developing process is filmed quicker than normal.

The videos are quick-loading - How To Make a Stencil & How To Mark Knives (which shows stencil making).

For the developing process, follow these steps - repeating if necessary.

  • Exposure Time is 2 Minutes.
  • Developer - Go over your stencil in the developing solution, counter-clockwise, then clock-wise with the white sponge.
  • Make sure to do this process for 1 Minute on BOTH SIDES of the Stencil.
  • Rinse with warm water until not slimy - pat dry with a paper towel or hair dryer.
  • Hold up to the light to see if it's completely see-through.
  • Repeat if Necessary.

Save your Developer - it's Reusable!

Time-Saving Hint: You will begin to FEEL the MESH on BOTH SIDES of the Stencil With Your Fingertips as it develops.

Video Tutorial
How To Make Dura-Film Stencils



How To Mark Knives in Seconds