Raised Stencil With Bondo!


I started playing around with raised bondo stencils because I dont care for wood appliques. I want a more authentic raised detail and something that wont come off over time.
I first tape the stencil to the surface.
I mix up my bondo (which can be bought at any Auto part store) with the hardener. Each can comes with a small tube.
Once it's mixed well, you have to work quickly. Start from the outside and work your way in. Being very careful not to lift the stencil.
Practice on sample boards like this to get a feel for when you should lift the stencil. Wait to long and it sticks to the stencil. It's all trial and error.
Lift straight up...
Before the bondo sets, I use a razor to remove the edges.
Sand with a fine sanding block to the as smooth as you like.
Painted and sealed!
Texture love!
Now I know many use other products but I've tried them and none can hold up like bondo. I love the look it gives.
Here's another bondo raised stencil.
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3 of 18 questions
  • Tobi Wyszomirski
    on Dec 31, 2018

    How about using plaster of Paris? I have a lot of it.

  • PATSY
    on Sep 22, 2019

    Can you sand the edges off once it dries?

  • LeeEllen Zahorsky
    on Sep 22, 2019

    are stencils deep enough to make the finished work raised? . looks like it could be a 1/8 or 1/4 inch.

    thanks in advance. Lee



    • Rebecca Surette
      on Sep 22, 2019

      The depth of the stencil doesn't really matter. You spread the Bondo as deep as you want the raised area. When you lift the stencil STRAIGHT UP, the Bondo is left in place to that depth.

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  • Rebecca Surette
    on Sep 22, 2019

    I am addicted to stenciling. This project is NOT helping! I'm sitting here eyeballing my living room furniture as we speak. Type. Whatever...

  • Dee
    on Oct 14, 2019

    lovittttttt!!!!!

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