Went out to the workshop Monday to paint the orange layer on the cabinet and immediately caught a whiff of paint odor. Past experience has taught me a couple of things about rattle can paint:
1) If it still stinks, it's too early to topcoat
2) Topcoating too soon often causes the top layer to wrinkle
Waiting is easier than starting over after screwing something up, so I decided to give it another day. Yesterday when I opened the door, the room smelled normal so I decided to paint.
Applying the second layer of stencils took FOREVER to align. After many hours, I finally had them positioned the way I wanted them. Guess who didn't think about how hard this would be without some sort of alignment key built into both layers of stencils (other than the images themselves)? Guess who was wrong?
If you ever make your own cabinet stencils, be sure to key them to one another somehow. I hear pinballpimp has a good system for this, but having never used his stuff I don't know what it is. I'll find out soon since my next project is an Old Chicago and I plan on using his stencil for that.
There were two spots on the right front where the Oracal pulled off a large and small hunk of black. Not sure why the black pulled off in those areas. It cleanly exposed the primer underneath. Maybe I pulled a tad too fast or too much upward in that area. I'm planning on feathering it out, masking off the yellow/orange graphic and touching it up.
Other than that, it turned out pretty well for a rookie homebrew stencil job imho.
On a safety note, if you are still using a disposable dust mask for sanding and/or painting, give serious thought to upgrading your personal protection. A dual cartridge respirator with organic vapor cartridges and a secondary particulate filter are my bare minimum go to. When I'm spraying clear or sanding something extra toxic, I get out the full face shield model and the tyvek suit. These filters were brand new and pure white at the start of work yesterday. The light orange is atomized enamel. I can almost guarantee that some of that would have snuck past the poor perimeter seal of a disposable mask and wound up in my lungs (not to mention the solvent vapors).
The organic vapor cartridges usually come with one or two pairs of particulate filters. I buy them in bulk so I'm not tempted to be stingy with them.