Tile Stencils are trending for most DIYers, and are a perfect money-saving alternative to the popular but expensive cement tiles. Tile stencil can be done right over on your old and faded floor tiles or on your old linoleums.
Stenciling is also fun and exciting. It brings out your natural artist skill inside you!
- Sand the whole tile surface with 3M 120 grit sandpaper.
- Apply a good cleaning agent to the tile surface such as a degreaser or a product that strips stubborn dirt.
- Clean the surface thoroughly with a wet rag and remove any hairs, dirt, dust, etc.
- Use a painters’ tape on all your baseboard, cabinet corners, bathtubs, or any edges that join the floor tile.
- Repair any cracks and holes, then allow any paint at least 24 hours to dry before you proceed.
- You can now paint with Seal Krete as a base color in 2-3 thin coats observing 30 minutes drying time in between coats. Light colors are recommended.
Obtain a piece of cardboard, paper, or something similar, and practice your stencil idea. You want to make sure you like the way it looks before you commit to an entire project. Seal Krete paint of any dark color is recommended for this project. It is more durable and water resistant.
- Apply thin coats
Do not overload your brush; apply 2-3 light coatings to obtain an opaque finish
Use painters’ tape to mark off the area you are going to stencil. Use painters tape to hold your stencil in place as you go. You can use a spray adhesive on the back of your stencil.
For corners, you can use a stencil brush or a sponge
For larger projects, a big paint roller brush will be more efficient. A word of caution: while loading the brush up with as much paint as possible is tempting, this will produce poor results. You need to ‘empty’ the brush by first rolling it on a cardboard paper and ensure the brush looks almost dry
For a solid finish, make sure you have applied an even coating of paint over your stencil. For a shaded effect, you can apply uneven coatings to create ‘dimension’ Occasionally, check your work by peeling a portion of the pattern to make sure you are on the right track.
Use the roller for larger surfaces and the stencil brush for smaller surfaces. Don’t be tempted to rush. Start close to the center and work your way toward the edges.
For a clean finish, be aware of the edges. Wait for the paint to dry on one pattern before working on the next pattern or skip one tile while drying to speed up the process and reduce messes. Drying will take around 10 minutes per coat
Keep the base coat on hand to repair any errors
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Bathroom users will never notice small errors. Don’t expect any perfection. Once the lines appear straight your handiwork should be great. Take a walk and come back and inspect for errors
Maintain a damp paper towel nearby to clean up small messes. For larger messes, await at least 10 minutes for drying and paint over the errors
You want your project to last long. Protect it by applying a Seal-Krete 365001 Clear laminate. As a reminder, paint needs to ‘set’ for at least 72 hours before applying the sealer. Apply at least 4 coats of the clear sealer using the same roller used for the base coat. Let each coat dry for 24 hours before reapplying. You will notice a ‘whitish’ color after each application. It will become clear once it dries.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and now you can try it for yourself!
This article is an excerpt taken from The Remington Avenue website.