After completing this gorgeous stenciled accent wall…I needed to figure out how to clean adhesive off a stencil.
I had a very filthy stencil coated with layers of spray adhesive. Maybe you’re better than I, and cleaned-up your stencil immediately after your project, and it wasn’t such a mess. Although, if you’re reading this post that probably isn’t the case, and you may-like me, have left your stencil for some time without cleaning it.
At first, I tried pealing it off. That proved to be a long task that would likely take all the skin off my finger tips. Thankfully, my genius husband had a light bulb moment one day, and suggested trying the good ole garage staple, WD-40®. At that point I had figured if I couldn’t get the adhesive off (so far not so much), then the stencil was worthless anyway. So, why not give it a try!?! I quickly went to the garage and gathered my supplies…
Complete Supply List:
- Disposable plastic, old sheet, etc. to protect surrounding area.
- Disposable Gloves, and any protective wear you want or WD-40® recommends.
- Disposable towels, thicker ones are better to allow you to scrub with.
- Scraping tool such as a dull paint scraper, plastic scraper, etc. **Using a scraper will scratch your stencil, so if you care then only use a towel.
- Liquid dish soap
- Area to wash off your stencil preferably nearby, and outdoors.
Here’s the sad, adhesive coated stencil, and my previous removal attempts…
Step 1: Do a spot test to make sure this won’t damage your stencil.
Step 2: Spray WD-40® generously over all the adhesive (follow can’s rules for usage), and let it soak-in for 5-10 minutes.
Step 3: Gently scrape off the loosened adhesive from the entire stencil.
Just do a quick once-over.
Step 4: REPEAT application to areas as needed.
Step 5: Wipe off with your disposable towel and/or scrape (carefully) as necessary.
Step 6: Wash your stencil with soap and water.
Step 7: Repeat if needed. Otherwise, enjoy the beauty of your clean stencil! And plan that next stencil project today!
I hope you enjoyed this tip to clean adhesive off a stencil. If you have a great cleaning tip please share with us in a comment below.