Even though it seems simple as you just need to remove the broken glass and fit in the new one, the process is much more complicated. Top Tip: If you plan on making multiple ornaments, consider making the template from cardstock or cardboard, or even make the template out of the same thin plywood material. That contributed to the paint bleeding behind the pattern and making more work. The spray would not have been strong enough to hold the stencil around a corner or over moulding and that is where most of the bleeding occurred. To prevent bowing and sagging over the years, windows that exceed 4 square feet in total dimension need to have as much stability as possible. Generally, it makes sense to do business with one company who has control over all three aspects of the business. One is that the wall doesn’t rust, hence will not require the extra attention. I attached a few extra pieces of tape to the stencil and, in some cases, held the stencil down until the paint had dried.
As I mentioned earlier, I had a few other projects that I was tending to while I worked on this stencil project. I didn’t want to bend the shape of the stencil and therefore needed to be very careful and gentle while washing. Once the paint became softer, I took a small cloth and began to wash the stencil using a small amount of dish soap. As I began to stencil, I quickly realized that I would need to apply multiple coats of paint in order to achieve the dark espresso brown color I wanted. In order to achieve the dark espresso color, I needed five coats of paint. In order to reconstitute the paint so as to wash it off, I needed to allow the stencil to soak in the bathtub for awhile. Once I had washed enough of the paint off, (I did not get the stencil entirely clean) I had to determine where I was going to hang the stencil to dry.
I needed to clean the stencil more often and that, too, would slow my progress. Per the manufacturer’s suggestion, there are two ways in which to clean the stencil. There are plenty of chips to do this and you will be sorry if you don’t. If you are thinking about stenciling a hallway, I hope that my experience was helpful and will help you avoid a few pitfalls. I was displeased with a few of the stencils that had become a bit misshapen due to the fact that the stencil had moved and was crushed against a door jam. Due to the cramped space that I was working in, I’m not certain if this problem could have been avoided. When the stencil needed to be cleaned, I simply left it taped to the wall where I had been working and allowed it to dry. Working before the paint could dry thoroughly, I took a cotton ball with a dab of fingernail polish remover and wiped the stencil mark away.
If you apply the polish remover quickly and gently, it shouldn’t remove the base coat paint, which in my case is the bright white wall. Then, I would remove the stencil from the wall, place it on the counter and slowly begin peeling off the dried paint. Once the stencil was completely dried, I was ready to begin stenciling anew, but not until I had cleaned the bathroom and the floor where I had washed the stencil. Plus the outer layer of glass can be NEAT glass that uses the sun’s UV rays to loosen dirt so they can be cleaned with just a spray of water. Click thumbnail to view full-size To secure the stencil to the wall surface, I could have used a spray adhesive. Click thumbnail to view full-size As the hours past and I could begin to see my progress, I felt better. Within minutes I was done and could begin stenciling again. Because of my paint choice there was some bleeding, as you will see a bit later. I tried both so that I could compare the two methods and provide you with a bit of insight.