Basic Modello® Vinyl Wall Stencil Application
You will need: Modello® stencil, Squeegee and Weeding Tool (both included with your order-yeah!), Painter’s Tape, Measuring Tape, Level, Scissors or Craft Knife, Large Sponge and Water. The Modello® stencil used here is EasPan147A from our Wall Panels Stencils Collection.
All Modello® stencils consist of three layers:
- The protective Backing Paper which protects the adhesive side of the stencil
- The cut vinyul stencil pattern
- The translucent Transfer Tape that is applied after production to hold the pattern together as it is transferred to your surface
Important Steps BEFORE You Install Your Modello® Stencil Pattern
Lay your Modello® down on a hard surface, such as a large tabletop.
Use the Squeegee to burnish BOTH sides of the Modello® stencil really well. This will ensure that Transfer Tape is stuck securely to the vinyl stencil so that the Backing Paper comes off cleanly and easily.
To make the installation even easier you can “pre-release” the Backing Paper after burnishing. Here’s how….
With the Backing Paper side up, carefully peel the Backing Paper back from the Modello® stencil at a 180-degree angle. Do this slowly so you can see that the vinyl stencil is staying stuck to the Transfer Tape.
Peel the stencil back halfway and then smooth it back down lightly. Then peel back the other half and smooth it back down.
Place and Level
Measure for placement of your Modello® stencil. For this project we centered the stencil pattern on the wall.
Put the Modello® stencil in place, securing it with a couple of pieces of painter's tape.
Double check your measurements and use a bubble level to make sure that the pattern is level.
Once it’s in place, run a large piece of Painter’s Tape across the middle of the pattern. Extend the tape out on each side enough to make sure that it will stay secure during the stencil installation process.
Modello® Stencil Installation
Remove the small pieces of tape and allow the top half of the pattern to fall down.
Peel up the Backing Paper carefully from the stencil. Use scissors or a craft knife to cut the Backing Paper away.
Smooth the exposed Modello® stencil from the tape line up onto your surface using the flat of your hand and a sweeping motion as slowly you roll the stencil onto the surface.
Use the squeegee to burnish and secure the stencil in place.
Remove the center tape line and now pull the stencil up from the bottom.
Peel the Backing Paper away completely. Note: This can be done in smaller, more manageable sections if you are working alone.
Smooth the stencil down on to the wall with the same sweeping hand technique. Burnish the whole stencil onto the surface again with the squeegee.
Remove the Transfer Tape
For large Modello® stencils you will find it easier to remove the Transfer Tape if you moisten it. Wetting the paper Transfer Tape slightly will help the adhesive release easier.
Wet the sponge and wring it out well. You don’t want dripping water, just a dampened sponge.
Run the sponge over the surface of the Transfer Tape, beginning at the top. You will see the tape begin to wrinkle and pull away from the vinyl stencil slightly.
While it's still damp, begin to peel the Transfer Tape from the top down. For large Modello® stencils we recommend just working on one section at a time.
PRO TIP: We find it’s easiest to always pull the tape towards yourself and use the flat parts of your hands to push the vinyl stencil to the wall as you pull the Transfer Tape away.
Pull the Transfer Tape off slowly and watch to be sure that there are no smaller vinyl elements coming with it. If there are simply push or burnish them back in place as you continue to pull the tape.
Fold or cut the excess Transfer Tape away as you go and always pull the tape off in one main direction.
When the Transfer Tape removal is complete, burnish the vinyl stencil on the wall one last time. Now you are ready to decorate!
See how we used this wall panel stencil to create an Easy Gilded Design with Modello Vinyl Wall Stencils.