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Basic Modello Installation


Please read and follow these instructions carefully to ensure optimum results with your Modello application Store your Modello in a cool, dry place prior to use. Exposure to excessive heat and humidity can adversely affect your Modello’s performance. 

Basic Application


Your Modello design consists of 3 separate layers. The precut Decorative Masking Pattern comes sandwiched between a backing of a white, opaque, waxed Release Paper and a top layer of a translucent Transfer Paper. The Transfer Paper stabilizes the cut design and it must remain in place until the Modello is securely burnished onto the surface. Feel free to make any necessary registration or “leveling” lines or marks on the Modello Transfer Paper.


Step 1 Once you determine the placement of the Modello on your surface, you will need to affix it to the surface with a tape “hinge”. Be sure that the tape will hold the Modello securely in place.


Important: Use a squeegee (or substitute a trowel or taping knife) to now re-burnish the transfer paper to the Modello by using a very hard pressure. The transfer paper may have loosened slightly since its application and re-burnishing it will help the backing release paper release more cleanly. 


Step 2 Flip the Modello back (with the tape hinge still in place) and begin to pull the release paper off starting from the hinged edge. Always pull the release paper off at a 180-degree angle-straight back against itself for the cleanest release. If some of the Modello pattern wants to stick to the release paper as you pull it, simply press the release paper back onto the adhesive pattern firmly with your fingers and resume pulling.



Step 3 After the release paper is removed, begin affixing the exposed adhesive of the Modello to the surface by burnishing with your hand or squeegee from the taped edge, pressing from the center out towards the edges. Roll the Modello down onto the surface as you go, continually burnishing it to the surface as it rolls onto it to keep it smooth and flat.





Step 4 Re-burnish the entire area with the squeegee to ensure a tight, secure bond between the Modello pattern and the background surface. 



Step 5 To remove the transfer paper, begin at one corner or edge and slowly pull the transfer paper back at a 180-degree angle to the surface. You want to pull slowly and at this extreme angle to ensure that the Modello pattern stays on the surface and does not pull off with the Transfer Paper. If the Modello wants to pull away from the surface with the transfer paper, try burnishing an area again right before you pull the paper away.  Keeping your fingertips flat against the retreating transfer paper and using a firm pressure will also help to keep the Modello in place. Hint: As you remove the Transfer Paper, fold the paper back onto itself to hide the adhesive and keep your grip closer to the removal area.


Step 6 Burnishing the design in place is the key to creating a clean print. Carefully burnish the exposed Modello again prior to applying your decorative medium. Lay the squeegee down parallel to the surface and smooth from the center out. For textured surfaces, you may want to lay the waxed Release Paper back over the exposed Modello and burnish on top of it. This will help prevent you from catching “an edge”.



Step 7 You are now ready to paint, gild, stain or emboss your Modello Pattern. 

See our Modello Methods area on the www.modellodesigns.com website for many tips and ideas.







Removing the Modello

After your creative application medium has dried, you will need to remove the adhesive Modello pattern from the surface. This should be done as soon as your medium has dried sufficiently enough so that you do not risk disturbing the design.


Pull the pattern away from the surface, again and always at a 180-degree angle. 


Depending on the pattern, there may be smaller areas that will also have to be removed (weeded). Use the weeding tool to carefully just catch an edge of the remaining design and lift it away from the surface. Take care NOT to dig your Weeding Tool into the background surface. If you do not have a weeding tool, a push pin is a good substitute.  




Handling Sticky Situations


Modello patterns are cut from adhesive vinyl masking materials. The very nature of vinyl and adhesive materials dictates that they should be used as soon as possible after receipt (within 2 weeks, depending on environmental conditions) for optimal results.


As with tape, the adhesive material will begin to break down once it is exposed and applied to a surface. Do not leave your Modello patterns on your surface any longer than you need to for drying and easy removal-generally not more that 24 hours.


In hot or humid conditions, you may find that the Modello will not release as easily from the Release Paper. Simply roll the Modello up loosely and place in a refrigerator for 10 minutes or more. This will “calm down” the adhesive slightly and allow it to release from the paper more easily.


If you find that the Transfer Paper does not release easily from the Modello once it has been burnished to the surface, try wetting it first with a damp sponge or rag. The water will seep through the paper enough to loosen the adhesive on the Transfer Paper without harming the Modello or the surface below.



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