Step 2: Roll on Two Coats

rolling on the first stencil coat
Photo: Julian Wass
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To keep paint from bleeding under the stencil, use an almost dry roller. Load the roller until it absorbs most of the paint, and remove excess by rolling it over a folded paper towel several times; it's better to have too little paint than too much. Move to the stencil, rolling with light to medium pressure. Peel back a stencil corner to check that you're satisfied with the coverage.
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