Step one: Clean the glass or mirror
Clean the glass or mirror in order to remove grease, dust, and all finger prints. Dry the glass or mirror thoroughly.
Step two: Measure to determine location
Carefully measure the stencil design as well as the glass or mirror with a ruler to determine where you will locate the stencil on your project. Do not assume the stencil design is centered on the stencil vinyl.
Step three: Remove waxed backing sheet
Turn the PEEL?N?ETCH stencil over so the waxed backing sheet is facing up. Slowly peel off the entire backing sheet by pulling the sheet back onto itself at approximately 180 degree angle.
Step four: Applying the stencil
Hold the stencil in your hands and turn it over so the exposed adhesive side is now facing down. Bend up the two sides of the stencil so that the center is bowed down. Use your measurement marks to align the stencil as you bring it closer to the glass before actually touching it to the glass surface. When you apply the stencil to your project, make sure the bowed center part of the stencil touches first. Once the center touches the surface, use the palm of your hand to smooth out the stencil to the left and then to the right.
Step five: Removing the top carrier sheet
After the stencil has been completely adhered, carefully peel back the top carrier sheet to remove it. As with the backing sheet, pull the top sheet back on to itself at a 180 degree angle to avoid pulling up pieces of the stencil. If some stencil pieces do pull up, simply use the top sheet to press down these areas until they are re-adhered to the surface.
Step six: Peeling out the design
On the opposite side of the instructions is a black and white diagram of the stencil design. Using this diagram as a guide, remove all the small stencil sections shown in white. Use the point of your hobby knife, tweezer, or a pin to remove the stencil pieces. Take your time, pay close attention to what you are doing! After you remove all the stencil pieces from areas to be etched, place the waxed backing sheet over the top of the stencil. With the palm of your of your hand, a roller, burnisher, or credit card, press firmly in a back & forth, up & down motion to adhere the stencil to the surface of your project. Use masking tape or Contact vinyl to completely cover and protect all the surrounding exposed areas of glass. Make sure you overlap the vinyl or tape onto the stencil material to prevent the etching cream from seeping underneath.
Step seven: Apply etching cream
Be sure that all exposed glass or mirror is completely clean. The glass, room temperature, and the Armour Etch? Cream must be over 65 degrees. Apply a thick layer of etching cream with a soft bristle brush. The etching cream should be applied thick enough so the design is not visible. Allow the etching cream to remain on the glass about 5 minutes. While waiting, use your brush to re-distribute the etching cream by re-brushing the cream in different directions to insure proper coverage and eliminate air pockets.
Step eight: Wash off etching cream
Using a medium pressure water source, wash off all the remaining etching cream working from top to bottom. Work quickly but safely! Avoid splashing, wear eye protection and gloves.
Step nine: Remove stencil
Once the rinsing and drying is done you can start removing the vinyl masking. Most larger pieces will come off pretty easy. If you have trouble with all those smaller pieces, use window cleaner, a plastic dish scrubber.