Clean the glass or mirror
1. Clean the glass or mirror thoroughly to remove all grease, dust and fingerprints. Avoid cleaner solutions that advertise Finger print resistant, as these cleaners leave a film on the glass that hinders the etching process. Avoid finger prints on the glass where you are going to etch. Dry glass or mirror completely.
Selecting stencil design & applying to glass
2. Choose the design of your choice and carefully cut the stencil sheet and the frosted backing sheet together to avoid touching the back side of the stencil sheet.Measure carefully to determine where you will locate the stencil on the glass or mirror. Separate the blue stencil sheet from the frosted backing sheet. Put aside the frosted backing sheet to be used later. Place stencil sheet on the glass with the blue (tacky) side touching the glass. Secure stencil sheet temporarily to the glass with masking tape.
3. Using the wood stick enclosed, transfer the stencil from the sheet to the glass surface by rubbing firmly over the design with smooth, even strokes. Rub left and right, then up and down. Do not dig into the stencil. You will be able to see the stencil being transferred by the change in color from a dark blue to a lighter blue. Be careful when you rub near the edge of the stencil not to peel it back up by accident.
Remove top carrier sheet
4. When the entire stencil has been adhered, carefully remove some of the masking tape and slowly peel back the clear top sheet. See Photo A2. If the stencil has not been totally adhered to the glass, put the top sheet back down and re-rub area until all pieces are adhered.
Preparing the glass for etching
5. Apply a border of masking tape around the entire stencil overlapping the tape on the blue stencil by 1/16" to 1/8", being careful not to overlap the design.This overlap prevents the etching cream from contacting the glass and etching unwanted areas! If a very large area of glass needs to be protected, use strips of adhesive backed shelving vinyl. When all sides of the stencil have been taped, use the white frosted backing sheet to lightly rub over the entire stencil area. Check the stencil for small tears or holes by holding the project up to the light. If any holes appear, cover them with small pieces of tape. Be careful where you put the tape, because the stencil will tear if you try to remove it.
Applying the Armour Etch? cream
6. For best etching results we recommend that the room temperature, the etching cream temperature and the object you are etching be around 70 degrees F. Shake the ARMOUR ETCH Cream thoroughly. Work in a well lighted and well ventilated area near a water source. Wear plastic gloves and protective eye-wear. You must apply a thick layer of etching cream in order for the chemical to react properly on the glass or mirror. Thick enough so that you cannot see the design of the stencil through the Armour Etch Cream. Stay within taped area.
Removing etching cream & stencil
7. Allow ARMOUR ETCH Cream to remain on glass for one minute only.. No longer! Immediately wash off all the etching cream under lukewarm water. Some of the stencil will be removed during this rinse, but it?s OK. After all traces of the etching cream are washed away, remove all the remaining tape and stencil pieces. Clean the glass using window cleaner and dry completely.
2. Clean the glass you wish to etch. Avoid using cleaners that promote finger print resistant, as these cleaners leave a residue or film on the glass that will hinder the etching process.
3. To set up the guidelines on your glass, measure down from the top of the glass to where you would like the first line to start. Measure and mark in several spots along glass with a fine tip washable marker to create a straight line. Lay a strip of masking tape along the bottom edge of the marks and wipe away marker lines. Determine where the center point of your first line will be on the glass and mark on the tape.
4. Cut the stencil sheet into horizontal strips. This will make it easier to align the letters and rub them down. Using your reference guide from step 1, locate your center letter on a stencil strip and position accordingly at your center mark, lining up the bottom edge with the masking tape. Hold stencil strip in place making sure the letter you are transferring is fl at against the glass and aligned vertically.
5. Transfer the center letter onto the glass by carefully but firmly rubbing the letter down with the craft stick that comes in the stencil package. The stencil will change from dark blue to light blue when it releases from the transfer sheet. If the stencil is a little stubborn, rub a little harder until it releases. 6. Following your reference guide, apply the rest of your letters one by one, first to the left, then to the right, overlapping the blue edges of the stencil slightly so there are no spaces or gaps in between the stencil letters. See photo
6. When you approach a place where a space is needed, cut a piece of masking tape the size of a mid-width letter and tape in place, overlapping the blue stencil edges the same as you did for the letters. Fix any small gaps that may have happened with a sliver of masking tape or some art mask. Repeat the above steps for any additional lines of wording.
7. Once all your lettering is in place, carefully apply masking tape all around the outer edges of your completed words or phrases, overlapping the blue edges of the stencil. Take care not to cover any part of the open areas of the actual letters with tape. Continue applying masking tape or contact vinyl to all surrounding areas of glass. If you do not protect the surrounding glass, the etch cream can haze unprotected areas of glass during the rinsing process. Once completed, take the frosted backing sheet from stencil package and carefully rub over all stencil letters and tape to make sure they are secured to the glass.
8. Working quickly and safely, apply a thick layer of etch cream to entire stencil phrase with a craft brush, staying within the taped area. You should not be able to see stencil design through the cream. Leave etch cream on stencil approx ONE MINUTE. After one minute wash off all traces of etch cream under lukewarm, running water. Remove stencil and tape. Clean with glass cleaner and dry completely.