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Oil based paints seem to become brittle after years of wear. Will acrylic latex paint deteriorate like this?
A laser stencil is simply a stencil design that has been cut by a laser beam. Laser stencils are typically on slightly thinner mylar than other stencils. They are still very durable but a little more care needs to be taken when cleaning or handling the stencil.
Yes, you may use colored pencils. It would be time consuming compared to applying paint. Also, the shading and color variation effects produced with pencils is quite different than that of stencil paints. But if that is your preference, yes, certainly you can use pencils.
Simply peel away what you can and then the rest of the border can be removed by mixing liquid fabric softener with hot water (about one cup fabric softener to a gallon of hot water). Just mix up the fabric softener and water, take a sponge and thoroughly saturate it with the solution and "wash" the area of border that didn't come off. Wait a few minutes and then take a scraper and remove.
Yes you can. However, the color will not be as bold if the wood has been stained. Stencil cremes work best on unfinished or painted wood.
Yes. You have two choices to do this. First would be to wash the surface then sand and then clean the sanding dust off. You then apply your latex paint over the oil based paint. That process works for both interior and exterior applications. Your other option is to wash the surface and then apply a coat of a bonding primer and then topcoat.
No. The particles of acrylic latex paint fuse together to form a film that remains flexible over the life of the paint. This film has the ability to expand and contract with the surface, which helps give the paint superior durability.
The sizes we provide for you are the actual size of the stencil design.
Every stencil we sell will come with stenciling tips and instructions. In addition to tips and instructions, our custom lettering stencils also come with a practice stencil. If you ever have any questions please give us a call at 317-598-0029 and we will be happy to help you in any way we can.
Absolutely, we love to show your finished projects in our gallery. Just send us a picture of your project, and include your name, city, state, and which of our stencils you used for the project. As long as the color and contrast are clear, we should be able to display the picture on our gallery.
We recommend combining equal parts of our Apple Barrel Acrylic paint with DecoArt's Candle Painting Medium. The candle medium will allow the acrylic paint to adhere to the candle without running or separating.
There is no minimum order amount.
How you clean a stencil, depends largely upon what type of paint you are using and what material the stencil is made from. If you are using acrylic paint and typical mylar stencils (plastic), try dabbing or wiping gently with a baby wipe, soaking in warm sudsy water, or nail polish remover (acetone type). Some professionals have suggested an overnight soak in Simple Green found at your hardware store or Wal-Mart. If you are still having difficulty, try rubbing alcohol. If you are using stencil cremes, simply take a paper towel or other soft cloth and gently wipe the stencil clean. Baby wipes also work great. An overnight soaking in Simple Green might help as well. One of the best ways to keep your stencil cleaning easy, is to never allow the stencil to sit for long period covered with dried stencil paint. As soon as you begin to see a little build up around the edges, or before you pack the stencil away, give the stencil a thorough but gentle cleaning.
We use a quilter's marking pen. It has a disappearing purple ink and it disappears in approximately 48 hours, giving you plenty of time to complete your project. These pens also work great on walls.
We recommend a product called "Sticky Out" by Elmers. Apply a light coat on the affected area, wait ten minutes and wipe it off.