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    Default Bleeding under the Masking

    Hi everyone, hoping you can help me!

    I've only painted a few walls of my house, but am planning on doing more soon. One thing that bothered me about the initial work that I did was that the paint always seemed to be uneven around the masking on the skirting board.

    Paint seemed to find it's way under the tape even though it was pressed down firmly.

    Am I perhaps using too much paint on the brush? Painting in the wrong direction?

    Any help would be appreciated as I'd like to get it right this time!

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    Try using the more expensive blue tape, I believe it works better than plain old masking tape, although I've never had trouble with standard masking tape in my linited experience.
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    Wife and I are painting at the moment. She uses tape, I struggle freehand but am convinced that with patience (which I lack) and practice you should be able to do it freehand. Only use the blue tape as suggested.
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    As already stated, use the blue plastic tape, it is far better than the cream paper tape but if the surface is porous or uneven, you will still get paint creeping under the tape where it is not stuck down really well.
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    The green coloured 3M brand tape is best at preventing bleed through. It's about $10 a roll at bunnings.

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    The painters tape suggested above are designed to be removed more easily and in one piece after painting completion.. Especially if left in the sun externally..
    In no way do they have a firmer bond to the surface to stop paint creeping under the paint..
    If anything the opposite is true and they don't stick down as firm as masking tape.
    If you are getting paint creeping under your tape that has been applied correctly
    it is more likely that you are applying more paint than you should be and pushing the paint under the tape with your brush..

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I have been using Green 3M tape. I'll look at using the blue tape next time, and also pay more attention to how much paint I'm loading the brush with and also paint away from the tape.

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