Because stencils can be used on almost
any surface, we can only offer some tips for painting
or finishing your stencil on the most common surfaces.
Generally, these techniques apply to most applications.
If you come up with a new one, we would love to hear about
Adhering Stencil to surface being painted.
We suggest in almost all cases using a Repositional stencil
adhesive spray to give you the best results for your project.
Hold can about 8 inches away from the back of the stencil
and spray (waving can back and forth) enough to cover
most of the stencil sheet. Allow one minute for the spray
to set up and dry on the stencil before sticking to surface.
You may want to press down on the stencil in various sections
to make sure it is properly stuck to the surface you are
painting or marking. Please practice first!
TIP 1: If you are using your custom lettering stencil on
a painted surface, make sure the surface has completely
dry (if the surface has been recently painted.) You may
also want to stick the stencil to a piece of fabric or
cardboard to lessen the tack level. Once you have used
the stencil a couple of times you will have a better feel
for how much spray adhesive to apply based on your surface
and painting technique.
TIP 2: If you are using your custom lettering stencil on
outdoor surfaces, concrete floors or other high traffic
areas, we suggest using a little more spray adhesive and
using it more often. If the surface is porous or dirty
the tack level will need to be greater. In this case you
will want to make sure the stencil is securely stuck to
the surface as different sprays, marking inks and rollers
can produce different results. Please practice first!
Always ask yourself, what paint will you be using?
Every paint has specific instructions on how to use
it, what surfaces it can be used on, drying time and clean
up. Please carefully read these instructions and if possible,
practice using this paint on the type of surface you will
- If using spray paint, do not hold the can too close
to the stencil. Paint can build up on the edges and run
underneath the stencil. Practice holding the can 8-10
inches or more away from the stencil and gently waving
the spray side to side. We have found this technique gives
the most control over how much paint is applied an allows
a gradual build up of color.
- If using liquid paint and a roller, we suggest high-density
foam rollers. These high-density foam rollers are designed
to apply less paint and not “load” on the
paint like a traditional nap roller would. Remember, if
you are painting a surface and want to COVER it with paint,
use a nap roller. If you adding paint through a stencil,
use a high-density foam roller.
- If using dry-solid stencil paint (like our Spill Proof®
brand) you will need a stencil brush. There are separate
instructions that come with dry-solid stencil paints that
should be followed. These include wiping away the skin
coating on the surface of the paint, wiping off excess
paint and drying time for various surfaces.
- If using marking inks and ink rollers, please follow
the instructions on the ink or ink roller package.
- Using ink pads. Using Ink pads with our high-density
foam rollers is a great way to control how much ink and
color you apply to a surface. Roll the foam roller several
times across the ink pad and then roll onto a paper towel
to determine how much ink the roller contains. Begin stencil
rolling and use a softer touch to apply less ink initially.
You can lift the stencil and gauge how dark the color
is. You can always go back over the stencil a second time
pressing harder on the roller to make letters darker.
High density foam rollers are ideal for these applications
and allow for great control of inks, paints and stains.