September 25, 2013

How To | Stencil on Textured Walls Part II

Are you tired of seeing my stenciled walls yet?  Ha!  If you missed my Entryway Reveal or Part I of this tutorial you should check them out!
  Today I am going to go over some cleaning tips I found to be helpful during this project and after.  It is important to keep the stencil as clean as possible!  First by using the dry brush method and letting as little paint bleed as possible you have met half the battle.  But what about the front?
Since this area was a large one, it took me a few days to complete it with several breaks in between.  After about 6-8 stencil placements I would start to notice some paint build up on the edges of the cutouts.  So after a break I tried to rub the build up off and I found that the paint just pulls right off!  Once I peeled the paint off of the mylar surface you could see the paint that had bled through.  To take this off I turned it over and attacked it with the scrubby party of my kitchen sponge and some soapy water.  The stencil comes with very clear directions {which I didn't read until... writing this post!!}

Here is what is stated in the Basic Stencil Instructions 
"Your stencil features an easy-to-clean, mylar surface.  To clean, remove all tape and allow the stencil to lie flat, if possible.  Spray with a cleaning agent, allow to soak for a few minutes, and use a nylon scrub brush to gently scrub the paint off the surface.  Clean both sides.  Stubborn areas can be further cleaned with a Scoth-Brite sponge or pad.  Thank care not to bend any pointy areas of the stencil back as you are cleaning."

If doing a large area, I would recommend cleaning your stencil a few times during the project.  After a while the stencil became heavy and was hard for me to manipulate.  
As I just disclosed I did not read the "clean up and care for your tools" until just a few moments ago so I missed this Stencil Cleaning Tip...

"For the best project results, clean your stencil often while working as paint or product starts to build up on the surface.  Pat dry and continue."

As you can tell my brush had quite a build up of paint, and this was after I rinsed it out a bit!  I did not clean my brush at all during the project.  When I was done for the day I would wrap my brush in plastic wrap, not clean it.  I would totally recommend following directions here and clean the brush!

Here is the proper way to clean the stencil brush:
"Clean stencil brushes immediately after use.  Do not allow paint to dry out in your brush.  Use dish detergent or Murphy's Oil Soap for best results.  Apply it to the brush and rub the brush out in a circular motion on a stencil brush scrubber until all the paint is removed."

Once I had brushed the brush with my cleaning tool and felt like I was never going to get it clean, I decided to soak my brush in diluted warm vinegar.  I obviously did not see this Brush Cleaning Tip:

"Avoid soaking your brushes as this can damage the ferrule over time, causing the metal to split or the glue to loosen.  Allow stencil brushes to dry completely before reusing."

After an overnight soak the brush came out fairly clean.  Clean enough to be used by a friend a few days later.


Once I was finished I took the time to touch up the areas that had bled or where paint had gotten on the back of the stencil.  I also took the time to straighten out some of the lines that were in the corners.  I would say it is really important to have the base wall color for touch up and you could spend the time to even a few of lines out.  When stenciling on textured walls it is near impossible to get a perfect straight line so there will be some wiggly lines here and there.  If you are like me you will start to touch up and then find yourself trying to fix every line... don't!  I promise, to everyone else it will look straight!

My Overall Review
I was very impressed with my Contempo Trellis Stencil from Royal Design Studio!  I was also very happy with my 2" All Over Stencil Brush.  I wish I would have also had the 3/4 Stencil Brush.  This would have been a great brush to get into the corners because I found my 2" brush to be a bit too big.  Royal Stencil Designs included several flyers of instructions and tips, and they also have a great how to page on there website.  I recommend you read them front and back before you begin!

All products mentioned and used were provided to me by Royal Stencil Design Studio.  All opinions are my own.


Vel Criste said...

Really, really want to try this Tiffany! Will do maybe next summer since we have so many projects still going on in the house currently. Great entry and will definitely pin for future resource!

Chelsea Veltri said...

Your entryway looks so chic and modern i love it! Where did u purchase the light in the entryway?

Chelsea Veltri said...

Your entryway looks so chic and modern i love it! Where did u purchase the light in the entryway?