October 29, 2019

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  1. Asanders says:

    Thank you! I am painting a large door hanger and and my first stripe bled through my painters’s tape so I searched the internet and found your article. Needless to say it works. Thanks so much for your help.

  2. nimrah says:

    Hi.. I want to paint wood blocks . . But I don’t want to add any base color..I mean I need bare wood to peak through the paint lines.. how should I protect the paint to bleed??? Plz reply

    • Danica says:

      I’d try this – tape the blocks, then apply a coat of clear Polycrylic over the tape edge, and then paint. Hopefully that works for you!

  3. saderman says:

    This is awesome! And, what if you’re not painting a project, but a wall, and you’re using the painters tape to protect a second surface?

  4. Tnaprice says:

    How long did you let the paint dry after you painted over the painters tape before you progressed to your stripe color?

  5. hello says:

    A perfect line for the painting. This was my problem with my previous painting. Thanks for sharing such tips. Really helpful.

  6. Missberry says:

    Please help! How do I clean up my lines because I didn’t do that very important step 🤦🏽‍♀️

  7. Missberry says:

    Ok so I didn’t brush the base coat so my finished look isn’t perfect. Do you have a way to fix that??

    • Danica says:

      Hi Shay! If you have the time and patience, you can go back over your lines free hand and clean them up with a small brush. Otherwise, starting fresh just where your paint bled and repainting/taping will fix the issue.

  8. hursley says:

    I’m working on a kind of abstract piece to surprise my wife with a piece of art to decorate our home with. We had our <a href="">hardwood floor resurfaced</a> this last summer and ever since then, she’s been wanting to decorate with more and more art pieces. I thought it would be cool to get one thing done by hand but I had trouble with paint bleeding. I hope your tips prove effective and helpful.

  9. ramis says:

    I’m working on a car model project and I need to create black stripes on it. My first attempt resulted in horrible bleeding which led me to google a solution, which led me to your page.I can’t wait to give this a try.

  10. eslingers says:

    This is good to know! I paint barn quilts and this will save me a ton of time in touch ups! Thank you!

  11. betty says:

    Great to know!

  12. Biggrizzly says:

    Would you use non latex paint for this? Could you have the reverse effect between the base coat and what is on the tape?

    • Danica says:

      I believe you can use any type of paint for this technique. Could you clarify what you mean by reverse effect?

  13. Snteh says:

    When you cover the tape with the base coat, how long do you wait before applying the cover coat? Do you let it dry completely?

  14. Tamara says:

    Mind. Blown. I didn’t know this. Came across this post while researching using painters tape to make patterns in my wall but have been hesitant to take on the project due to the bleeding. This has been immensely helpful. Thanks!

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