Help diagnosing where my wall stenciling efforts went wrong? via /r/DIY


Help diagnosing where my wall stenciling efforts went wrong?

I bought a mylar wall stencil and stuck it up on my wall with painter's tape and started painting, using a nap roller at first and then a regular paintbrush when I thought that the paint wasn't transferring with the roller. The reason was because it was looking thin and smeary, like it wasn't sticking–like the first coat of nailpolish if you're doing your nails with a cheap, shitty nailpolish. After trying that a while, I peeled off the stencil to see how it looked and it had bled through everywhere and looked absolutely awful.

I did not paint the wall myself originally, so I can't know for sure what was done to it, but I know it is not textured, and there's leftover paint so I know it was painted using this:

https://preview.redd.it/nb3icfaz48w61.jpg?width=800&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=753f4d8c537e4601f7e45535ba8cf1cfc320c436

And the paint that I am using for the stencil is this:

https://preview.redd.it/qw89vnz158w61.jpg?width=800&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=f37d80933a4b0554aa22c649b821488e4790ce39

Any tips for what I should have done? I've seen suggestions of both "keep the stencil on and do multiple layers of paint, letting it dry each time" and "take the stencil off ASAP because that is what causes bleed" so, like, not sure which one is right there. I've also seen use a foam roller, or use a paintbrush, and I did try a paintbrush (not the foam roller though) and I just want to be really careful and do as much research as possible before trying again, after totally screwing it up last time…

Submitted April 29, 2021 at 09:57PM by PrayingSkeletonTime
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