A Little Trick I Never Would Have Known....

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Blog entry by FunnelStudio posted 10-14-2009 04:26 AM 1765 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So a year or so ago, I learned a little tip on an install at work. I’m not sure how known this is, but thought I would pass it along.

We were installing a signage system for HSBC bank and had to paint an orange square behind everything. We taped the box off, and were told to put some matte white paint down first to prevent bleed-through at the edges. We brushed on some white at the tape line, then painted the orange, and had crisp, straight lines when we peeled off the tape.

I recently painted the inside of some drawers on a desk I’m working on, and wanted to keep the end-grain of my multi-ply free of paint. So I put down blue tape and used a razor blade to shave of the overhang close to the edge.

With the tape

Now, when I began thinking about this whole “paint the tape line first” thing, I realized you just put down a base coat that you will never see to close any open gaps between the tape and the wall (in this case, drawer). We were told to use matte white, because that was the color of the wall. Since I was planning on a clear laquer, I went out and bought a small can of MinWax Clear Satin Acrylic Poly. I choose this because of the fast drying time, though really anything clear, such as shellac or laquer, would have worked.

I brushed on a decent layer of clear at the tape line, let it dry, then brushed on the color. After all of my coats were dry, I removed the tape, and the edge turned out clean, with paint only where I wanted it. A little bit of the MinWax bled through, but since I would be laquering it, I was not at all concerned.

After the tape

I believe that this tip only really applies to paint though, as stain would end up bleeding through the grain under the tape, and won’t penetrate whatever you use as a basecoat. But if you ever end up painting something, be it drawers or stripes on a wall, just match your basecoat on the tape with the finished color you are painting on top of.

Sometimes having a job you hate ends up helping you out!


-- -Shaun M. Baer,

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#1 posted 10-14-2009 04:31 AM

Thanks for the tip Shaun

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#2 posted 10-14-2009 06:06 AM

Thanks. I’ve always had the worst luck with paint bleeding under tape. The surface was probably too rough. Scraping paint, another use for razor blades.

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#3 posted 10-14-2009 08:03 AM

Thanks for the tip.


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#4 posted 10-14-2009 01:44 PM

Good tip, thanks.

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#5 posted 10-14-2009 01:54 PM

took me a bit ,
but i get it ,
seal of the edge of the tape with the wall color ,
then the new color doesn’t bleed under !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 10-14-2009 02:12 PM

even easier if you cut over sized parts, then paint, re-cut and assemble

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 10-14-2009 05:53 PM

That’s true Roman, although I have had problems with chipping that still need to be touched up. I did wish i did this for a few of the boxes, they were 6” wide and 12” deep, and my dumb hands barely fit inside with a brush.

-- -Shaun M. Baer,

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