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I just ordered some stencils - I have never stenciled before. Our walls have a rough "orange peel" finish.

Anything special I should consider or watch out for?

Thanks,

Jennifer
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Jennifer,

Be sure not to use too much paint on your brush or it will leak under the sides of the stencil and ruin the clean line. It is a good idea to blot your brush on a paper towel before touching the wall. You may have to build up several layers to get the color intensity you want, but it will give a better look. Also, it is better to use a "stippling" motion, rather than a "scrubbing" motion when applying the paint to the wall. Especially with a rough finish, I think stippling will give better coverage.

Mo.
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Also, it is better to use a "stippling" motion, rather than a "scrubbing" motion

Althought I know what "scrubbing" means, I am lost on what a "stippling" motion might be :-(

Thanks for the advice!

Jennifer
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Althought I know what "scrubbing" means, I am lost on what a "stippling" motion might be :-(

Stippling would be holding the brush at right-angles to the wall (or the surface to be stencilled) and tapping the end of the brush on the stencil opening to apply the paint -- i.e. an up and down motion as opposed to the normal back and forth motion used in painting. You will notice that stencilling brushes are round with a flat end -- the better to stipple with.

Hope that's clear!
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