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Old 11-17-2010, 04:21 PM   #1
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Prevent bleeding through tape when painting


hello, I have been trying to paint a red stripe on the (textured) bathroom wall. I used blue painters tape only to have the paint bleed through. I then placed green frog tape about 3/8 of an inch down to fix the bleed through lines with NO success. Same thing. I know that red is an unforgiving color and I didnt want my stripe to end up being 4 inches wide. I had a thought...try electrical tape. It worked awesome!! No bleed through, nice straight lines. I did remove the tape as soon as I finished painting to minimize potential damage to the other paint on the wall.
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Prevent bleeding through tape when painting


did you moisten the frog tape?

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Prevent bleeding through tape when painting


Frogtape always does it for our customers.

If it didn't for you, the texture may be too rough for it to prevent all capillary bleeding.
* What ALWAYS helps is using just a TRACE of painter's-caulk wiped lightly at the tape-edge.
* Wipe visible amounts off with a clean/dry cloth. You'll be leaving just a teeny bit of caulk...if you can't see it...IT'S ENOUGH!
* Now your lines will be perfect.

A similiar technique is to use just the paint itself.
* Brush just a light haze of paint at the tape edges.
* There won't be enough paint to bleed...it'll dry too fast.
* This works 97% of the time.

The caulking-version is TOTALLY foolproof however, especailly if texture is a little heavier.
Also: Don't bring a load of paint onto a taped edge. Unload most of the paint AWAY from the edge, bringing only the brushed-out film to this edge.
When you have a bunch of paint at the tape, the capillary-pull is much stronger.

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