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Painting may seem like the easiest part of the construction project, but many people over look all of the proper preparation steps. Missing some of these steps could end up making your final product look bad, but missing these steps could end up giving you lung cancer and give your children brain tumors, and many more horrifying diseases. Think I’m full of BS? Look up ‘Renovate Right’ there is a whole book and movie on the health problems paint dust can do to children and adults alike. Here are some easy and may seem obvious steps to maintain quality and safety.

Goggles offer eye protection that is a level up from the glasses since they fit tightly against your Face mask. Safety goggles can be a bit more cumbersome to wear and have the tendency to fog up if you’re sweating or the humidity is high.

But if the problem is not severe, and you would rather try to do it yourself, here are a few tips on how to get rid of the mold. First, you will want to turn off your ventilation systems, because these can spread the mold spores throughout the house. Make sure that the room is still well ventilated so that you can breathe well, though. Next, you will need to get some protective gear so that the mold will not affect your health.

As a side note, if you want to do lead free soldering then of course you will use lead-free solder instead. The process for lead-free soldering is exactly the same, except that the temperature of your soldering iron needs to be higher. You can use the same gel flux as for normal tin-lead soldering. In general, I recommend that you stay with tin-lead soldering unless you specifically need to do lead-free soldering for a project.

Take the gel flux syringe and apply the flux to all the pads, all the way around the chip. Put on a reasonably good amount of flux. The chip is now ready for soldering.

Well, on to the spray painting of the stencil. First, you want to secure your stencil to the object to be painted and cover all exposed areas outside of the stencil with newspaper. If you don’t use an adhesive on the back of the stencil as described above, then tape down all the outside edges so that your stencil will not move during the entire process of painting.

You may want to consider doing some major repairs on your basement. Aside from the necessary repair of pipe leaks, and cracked floors and walls, you can also do some foundation repair, insulation installation, and other things. This will help prevent regrowth of mold.

And Voila! It’s finished. How was that for your first spray paint stencil project? As you can tell using spray paints adds a few challenges but there are some benefits too. As you experiment with stencils using spray paints or brushes or sponges you will find out what method works best for you. So, always try new things and have fun stenciling!