- Paint the entire underlying area where you plan to apply a Magic Systems® product. This will serve as the "grout" or "mortar" for your bricks, stones, blocks, or slate. There is no need to paint if using only the stucco.
- Carefully apply the stencil to the area to be covered. Make certain that the stencil is straight, level, and properly overlapped to avoid uneven lines or unsightly gaps between the rows of bricks or blocks. Once you are happy with the lines, smooth over the stencil to make certain it makes full contact (no bubbles beneath) with the underlying area. You want to avoid getting the compound underneath the stencil.
- Mix your compound using the powder, water, and a little glue. (This is also a good time to add any paint if you are changing the overall color of the compound.) The consistency should resemble a granular frosting or mayonnaise. If it is too runny it will just drip down; if too thick it will be difficult to spread. Add moisture slowly a little at a time.
- Spread the compound over the stencil to a thickness of about 1/8" to 1/4" depending on scale and the look you wish to achieve. Make sure you have a piece of stencil sticking up out from under the compound so that you can remove it later.
- Allow the compound to set-up or dry partially. DO NOT allow it to dry completely!
- Slowly remove the stencil. Be careful not to pull too quickly or at odd angles so as not to remove too much compound (and your bricks or stones, etc.).
- Allow the Magic Systems® to dry completely. Depending on humidity, it should take a few hours (anywhere from 6 to 24 hours).
- After the compound is dry you may add additional treatments such as dry-brushing, stippling, stains, whatever combination to achieve the look you like.
- That's it! Step back and admire your masterpiece!
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