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Old 09-05-2017, 04:59 PM
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Default Paint Bleeding into Grain

I am looking for some insight into the best solution to fixing the problem of paint bleeding into the grain. I make a lot of V-Carved plaques and signs, and I typically paint the carved portions to help enhance them. One problem I have found is that sometimes the paint will bleed through the open grain. So, I end up with a lot of little "fingers" of paint stretching through the grain from the borders of my design. This issue varies from different species of wood. Poplar seems to be the worst so far, while cherry and walnut dont really show it at all. I can pretty much eliminate this issue by sealing the carved portions before applying the paint. I have been using a sanding sealer, but was wondering if anyone has any experience with this and what they have found to solve this problem. I have read that shellac works well.

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Old 09-05-2017, 09:04 PM
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Adam, I was having similar issues on some vcarved projects. Folks here on the forum turned me on to a product called Oramask. Its a plastic film you place on your project to cover it completely. Then you do the carving, paint or stain the area and remove the mask. It has worked vey well for me. It is important to get the mask down securely. I use a roller to go over it before I do any carving. Hope that helps.
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Old 09-05-2017, 11:22 PM
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Adam, another option is to spray 2-3 coats of rattle can shellac into the v-carving to seal the wood. You can then paint or stain as you normally would. You can find Zinsser spray shellac at the big box stores for a few bucks.

Here’s a little coat rack I did a few years ago. Borg pine, no bleeding.
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Old 09-05-2017, 11:50 PM
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The best way to deal with this is to not use paint at all. I have been using Marsch Stencil Ink. It comes in a spray can just like paint and comes in many colors. I bought a whole bunch of different colors online. It was recommended for this exact purpose on another forum and I was amazed when I tried it that the bleeding problem was eliminated. I still spray a coat of laquer on to seal the edges of the masking material but the stencil ink works great and dries and sands better than paint. Here is a link to where I bought it.

http://www.eagleamerica.com/product/...05/sign_making
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Old 09-07-2017, 03:31 PM
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Awesome! Those are some great ideas. I will try both the shellac and the Stencil Ink.
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