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How do I prepare a wood piece or plywood paneling for stenciling?
For unfinished wood: Apply a base stain or clean wood sealer and allow adequate time to dry. After stenciling, wait 2-3 days and apply waterbase varnish to finish. Test a small section before applying the finish coat. Choose waterbase finishes; oil-base polyurethane can yellow the surface.
For pre-finished paneling: Wash to remove wax or dirt. If applying a glaze for a pickled look, test the color in an inconspicuous place. IF paneling has a glossy finish, paint may not adhere to it. In that case, paint paneling with a bonder/primer such as BIN or KILZ. After stenciling, roll on one or two coats of waterbase varnish for maximum scrubbability. Be sure not to layer water and oil based paints together.
How can I stencil out only one part of a design of a single layer stencil without getting the paint into adjacent areas?
When you wish to use only one part of a design, tape over the cutout areas near it with stencil tape. Sometimes this is done to stencil part of the design with one color and other parts with another color. If you then want to include the areas you masked out, remove the tape, tape over the areas you previously stenciled with the first color, and stencil the next areas with the second color.
How do I prepare a wood piece or plywood paneling for stenciling?
For unfinished wood: Apply a base stain or clean wood sealer and allow adequate time to dry. After stenciling, wait 2-3 days and apply waterbase varnish to finish. Test a small section before applying the finish coat. Choose waterbase finishes; oil-base polyurethane can yellow the surface.
For pre-finished paneling: Wash to remove wax or dirt. If applying a glaze for a pickled look, test the color in an inconspicuous place. IF paneling has a glossy finish, paint may not adhere to it. In that case, paint paneling with a bonder/primer such as BIN or KILZ. After stenciling, roll on one or two coats of waterbase varnish for maximum scrubbability. Be sure not to layer water and oil based paints together.
How do I prepare a painted wall for stenciling?
If the existing paint is in good condition and is the color you want, be sure the wall is clean and free of dust and grease. If the paint looks tired or you want to change the color, paint the wall with either latex or oil-base paint in an eggshell or matte finish. Two coats usually are required for an even finish. Flat paint is a fine surface for stenciling; if you are planning to glaze the wall before stenciling, use satin or semi-gloss paint.
How do you stencil on rough textured walls?
Textured walls can be stenciled and faux finished. Choose a more open, flowing design and test the design on a small area before you tackle the entire room.
Do I have to remove wallpaper on my walls before stenciling?
There's no need to remove wallpaper before stenciling. Check to see that the paper is secure on the wall and that all seams are glued. Repair as needed. Paint over wallpaper with a flat or satin finish oil-base paint or primer specifically designed for covering wallpaper. Don't layer oil based products over water based. Apply at least two coats. A faux finish can visually distract the eye from seams or uneven elements in a papered wall.
You can stencil directly onto matte finished wallpaper to add dimension to a room. The stenciling should be light enough to let the background color and texture show through. Be sure the surface is free of dirt, dust and grease.
How do you clean stencil brushes?
1. Dip tips of bristles into brush cleaner. To activate cleaner, dip brush in water. Never soak a stencil brush in water.
2. Work the brush on the scrubber in the lid of the brush cleaner. Add more water if needed to make a foam lather. Rinse clean with running water. Blot brush on a towel to remove as much water as possible.
3. On larger brushes, loop a rubber band around bristle tips and roll it to the ends of the bristles to keep bristles from splaying. Place brushes on their sides to dry. When dry, store flat or on the handle ends with bristles up. Brushes must be completely dry before re-use.
How do you clean and store a stencil so it can be used in the future?
After cleaning with water or Murphy's Oil soap, store stencils flat in the package they came in or in large envelopes or file folders. Tape a copy of a paper proof to the package, envelope or folder for easy identification.
How can I repair a torn stencil?
If you tear a stencil, repair it by applying a small amount of transparent tape to both sides of the tear. Use a utility knife to cut away tape from inside the cutout areas of the design.
What is one color stenciling and how do I create this look?
One color stenciling is not just for beginners, it is quite popular in today's home fashions as a monochromatic or serene trend. The bonus for the beginner is that this type of stenciling is easy to do, yet achieves a decorator look. While many stencils are made for one color stenciling (one overlay), any stencil can be used. When there are multiple overlays, simply use the same color with each.
One Color Stenciling with a Brush: Stencil with a light circular stroke. Swirl paint on the entire cut out area or around the outer edges of the design. Add more pressure to your brush, not more paint, continuing with a clockwise, then counter-clockwise, motion.
One Color Stenciling with a Roller: A foam roller is an excellent tool for stenciling large areas with an overall coverage. With the stencil taped securely in place, roll back and forth, applying even pressure. Roll in several directions, distributing color to the edges of the stencil.
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