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How do you use concrete paint stencils?

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Concrete paint stencils are used to give concrete surfaces a decorative pattern via paint, hardening powders or even embossing wet concrete. Stencils used for painting purposes are usually made of paper and feature a self-adhesive backing, notes the Concrete Network.

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Here is the process to use concrete paint stencils.

  1. Place the stencil on the concrete
  2. Position the edge of the stencil along the outside edge of the section of concrete to be painted. Press the stencil firmly into place. The glue on self-adhesive stencils is pressure activated. If using a large stencil roll for a concrete driveway, roll the stencil out from one end to the other. It may be pressed into place using a wide roller. Sweep the surface with a broom or clean rag to remove any dirt that interferes with paint adhesion.

  3. Paint the stencil pattern
  4. Paint over the stencil with a desired color of paint. Large areas may be painted with a paint roller or a paint sprayer. Allow the paint to dry and then apply a second coat. Allow this coat of paint to dry before removing the stencil by peeling it up.

  5. Protect and cure the paint
  6. Apply a coat of top sealer to protect the paint pattern and concrete. Allow the concrete surface to cure for 2 to 3 days before walking or driving on it.

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