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Masking Stencil Information

How to use:

When painting a "Dry Spray" is recommended. While stencils are adhesive they do not form a water tight seal. Paint that is too watery will run under the stencil. Spraying should be done with a high percentage of air to paint so the paint dries instantly on contact with the paint surface.

Are masking stencils reusable?

Yes! If they are carefully removed from the piece they can be reused several times. If they have been reshaped with heat, they may not be reusable. They can be stored on almost any smooth/glossy surface. Wax paper is not recommended

Material

Masking stencils are adhesive backed translucent vinyl used to help you mask off a painting surface. While best used an airbrush, it's possible to achieve good results with spray paint or dry brushing as well. 

The translucent material helps you position the stencil more accurately on the painting surface. The masking stencil can be heated with a hairdryer to increase malleability on curved surfaces if needed.

Adhesive

The adhesive backing helps keep the stencil in position during the painting process, however supplementary tape may be used on the edges to help hold it on curved or angled surfaces. Note that it does no provide a liquid tight seal - if the paint is too runny when sprayed, it can seep under the tape line. 

The adhesive backing is low tack, but just like masking tape, there is always a risk of pulling up paint layers when used. Adhesion is strongest to a smooth gloss surface, and weakest to a matte surface with angles. 

Air Bubbles

Sometimes during the production Process, air can get trapped between the sheet and backing paper. This has to effect on the use of the masking stencil. 

Missing Elements

Sometimes small parts of a stencil can come detached from the backing sheet during the production process. These parts are just the fills from cutting out the shapes, and aren't used for the masking process. 

 

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