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« on: January 08, 2008 05:04:59 PM »

there's my first question and my other is how long do you let dry inbetween doing another stencil on the same shirt? i'm doing a 3 part stencil and i've never done one b/f. i know i'm crazy starting with a complicated stencil my first try...but i'm def. up for a challenge! also it looks like i'm going to need to iron the stencil on over the paint already on there, is that going to hurt it at all? any advice at all would be great! thanks
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2008 10:10:39 PM »

You should be able to iron the freezer paper down onto the dry paint.  I'm actually doing a multi-layer stencil right now and have already ironed it down over 2 different colors of paint and it's been fine.  Just make sure that your paint is ABSOLUTELY dry or else it'll take some of the paint with it.  I accidentally did that on a stencil a while back.  However, if you're ever going for a vintage/distressed look, purposely ironing freezer paper over not quite dry paint and peeling it up while it's still hot is a good way to achieve that.
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2008 10:16:37 PM »

do i have to let the paint completely dry before i peel off the first stencil? or do i do it when its wet?
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2008 10:33:45 PM »

It's better to wait till it's dry before peeling it off, mostly because there's less chance you'll smudge or drop the stencil back on top of the shirt and get paint where you don't want it.  That being said...............I almost never wait till it's all the way dry before I take it off.  The waiting is too much for me!!! Grin  Just be really careful!  I do always wait till it's completely dry before I pick off the islands, though.  Usually cause I have to pry those up with my exacto and I don't want to take a chance on smudging the still-wet paint.

ETA:  I just realized that the subject line of your thread was a separate question.  Oooops!!  Eh, it's late.  What can I say?
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2008 10:42:33 PM »

its ok- i still gotcha ta answer it right? persistence pays off! lol thanx for the advice, i plan on making some tshirts in the next few days. btw, should i wash them b/f i stencil on them or wait to wash?
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2008 11:53:45 PM »

It's ideal to wash them beforehand in order to remove any sizing in the fibers.  Again, I confess I don't always do it.  I have lots of shirts that I've stenciled for my kids; some washed beforehand and some not.  Over several months of wear, there's been no real appreciable difference in their appearance.  One really important note, though.  I think it says it on the fabric medium bottle, but if it doesn't, you're not supposed to wash the stenciled shirt for AT LEAST 7 days after heat setting it.  This is one rule I follow religiously.  On the couple of occasions that it happened accidentally, a good amount of the paint washed off. 
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2008 12:09:52 AM »

I almost never let it dry completely before taking the stencil off, but it's definitely best to do so. At least wait until it's somewhat dry before peeling it off. The one exception would be if you're using any kind of dimensional paint. You know, puffy paint, the kind that is usually squeezed out of the bottle to write with? I've used it in stencil a couple times, and it can have a somewhat neat effect, but if you let it dry before removing the stencil, it will sometimes peel some of the paint off the shirt or leave a funky edge.
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