I've been stencilling for a week with latex paint on a stencil. The paint
is getting thicker and thicker making the result look poor. I tried soaking
the stencil in varsol overnight and then lightly scrubbing with a sponge, no
dice. Tried soaking in TSP overnight and scrubbing, it still doesn't come
off. I'm having a difficult time locating another stencil or I would just
go buy another one and be done with it.
Does anyone have any advice? thanks
Paint brush cleaner. You can get it at most paint sources. It may damage the
stencil but give it a try. I would test it for different application times to
see what is the minimum exposure to the chemicals to get down to the stencil
without allowing it to attack the stencil material.
Household ammonia does a VERY good job on cleaning up hardened latex paint.
Soak the stencil for a few minutes than then use one of those plasted
sponges with plastic "grit" on one side to remove the paint. If there are
severl layers, repeat form the "soak" operation.
Ammonia works as well or better than most commercial latex cleanup stuff.
Thanks everyone. I bought some Goof Off 2 from Home Depot. Instead of
scrubbing with a cloth or sponge, I just rubbed it with my hands in thick
rubber gloves. Since there are some narrow areas in the stencil that I
didn't want to damage, this was the safest way. There's about 15 stencils
worth of paint on it, so it'll take time.
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