1. PREP THE WOOD: The most important step when stenciling on rough wood is to sand your wood first. We sand our wood surfaces using 220 grit sand paper. If it’s a high-kind-of-energy day then I will sand by hand, otherwise I use an orbital sander (as you can see from the photo the orbital sander is used often!). After you are done sanding, wipe away any debris with a dry cloth.
  2. WARM THE WOOD: Before applying your stencil, warm up the wood surface with your heat gun. The trick here is not to make the surface too hot, but just right. 
  3. APPLY THE STENCIL: Firmly apply the reusable or vinyl stencil to the wood. The warmth of the wood will help to warm the adhesive and help the stencil stick a bit better to the wood. We also like to use a squeegee (or old credit card) to help apply pressure to the stencil and ensure there are no air bubbles for the Diablos Touch GEL to sneak under.
  4. APPLY THE GEL: After the stencil is firmly applied, you are ready to add the Diablos Touch GEL. Apply a thin layer of Diablos Touch GEL onto the stencil. Use a squeegee to make sure your GEL is pushed through all the mesh openings. Remove the stencil and allow Diablos Touch GEL to absorb/dry for about two minutes. While the GEL is drying you can wash your reusable stencil. Diablos Touch GEL doesn’t break them down any faster or differently than any other ink, paint, chalk or etch cream. 
  5. BURN Use a heat gun to reveal the magic burn and watch your design come to life! We recommend this heat gun that is at least 1000W. Burn until all the red GEL transforms to dark brown. See the Link Below for the Heat gun that we recommend

Diablos Touch was formulated to minimize leaks under stencils so that even the least artistic person can wood burn beautiful designs on wood. This patent-pending GEL works perfectly with reusable or vinyl stencils on a wide variety of wood types and surfaces. Here are a few of my tips when using Diablos Touch  GEL on rough wood.


As an avid crafter and wood working enthusiast with NO artistic abilities, using stencils with Diablos Touch GEL is my go-to for fun and easy DIY craft projects.

Most of the surfaces we use in our shop are various types of salvaged or reclaimed wood, which means uneven or rough surfaces. Sometimes the stencils have a little trouble sticking to these types of textured surfaces, but no worries! Here are a couple tips and tricks that we use in our shop when using Diablos Touch GEL on rough wood and I hope they help you as well.

Practice first on scrap pieces of wood.

Use a tacky glue to adhere the edges to the project.

The Best is to sand to a fine touch.





Here are a few Items that we use and you might find helpful

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