Things I Learned:
-It's a good idea to tape over serial numbers. Very important so the aholes from LOGSU don't complain to their WEPS. I also used pinstripe tape to tape over the numbering inside the rail slots (T12, R8, L14, B10 etc...) After the initial dip, I removed (ALL) the tape before rinsing the part off.
-Make sure after taping all the edges, you mark the correct side up, as well as the correct stencil for the correct part. DO NOT LET IT GET WET UNTIL READY!
Dipping And Prep
-Make sure you have all day to do this. Do NOT try and attempt it two hours before the movie. It will not happen. Have all the stuff you need, because it sucks when you run out of something and your trip to the store will be longer and include more than what you needed.
-Practice on something you don't need to be perfect. Though funny and tacticool, your wife's favorite shoes are not a good candidate.
-When spraying the stencil sheet with the activator, not enough will cause the sheet to "resist" the parts and make smooth adhesion difficult. Too much activator will cause the stencil sheet to slide right off the part, as well as little bubbles. There's a fine line, and unfortunately one that will have to be learned.
-This is probably the most important part of all: I felt REALLY confident I could get a part in "one roll/dip". That means, I thought all it would take is one masterful dip performed by me. I'm a competent guy, no problem. Bullcrap! There's a reason why the pros get paid to do this. They've done so many, that they know how to do it, how much activator to use, how long to wait, how to dip so no bubbles appear, how to roll it correctly, etc... There are parts I wished that I took the time to tape one side, dip, let dry, then tape the other side and dip. If you have an item that is at least three sided or roundish, do yourself a favor and tape one side, dip, dry, then tape and dip the other. Yeah it may kinda come out in one dip, but you will know. And it will mock you. Take the time, don't rush, and do it right.
When I go home, I will try and dip more parts. I will also take pics of the parts I did (mangled) before redipping.
All in all, this was fun to do, and gratifying when I saw my stuff in Desert Digi. If you don't have the time, equipment, don't feel competent, and just have an excess of money, by all means, send it to the pros. If you're a do-it-yourselfer, a cheapskate, or you're just bored and have $130 burning a hole in your pocket, give it a shot.
I hope this helps.
Disclaimer: Do NOT hold the alcohol soaked rag up to your face and breathe it in. I was being facetious.