A technique to prevent bleed through is to paint the
edges of the tape with clear. That will seal the edge
and if clear bleeds through it will not be noticable.
--- mikemac610 <mikemac610@...
> I just finished painting mine yesterday with the
> DesignMaster paint mentioned here.
> (burgundy) I used quarter inch vinyl tape to follow
> a gentle curve. Then I masked with blue
> painter's tape attached to newspaper to cover larger
> areas. The paint works great, but
> heed the advice of really pressing down the edges.
> It will bleed. I was really careful and
> still had to repaint (both sides) to cover several
> quarter inch bleed spots. I also noticed
> that when painting both sails with a continuous
> design the paint color (same can of well
> mixed paint) was slightly different on the two
> sails. Perhaps they came from different
> bolts, or maybe the front and back of the fabric
> have a slightly different texture. A
> sweeping curve changed color slightly when moving
> from the jib to the main sail. Not a
> big deal, but annoying.
> Also, be careful not to stretch the vinyl tape as it
> will lift. When covering with newspaper
> be extremely careful to cover even the tiniest gaps
> in the paper. I taped all the overlapping
> edges and still had a tiny leak away from the main
> design. I immediately botted the tiny
> spot with paint thinner which removed most of it.
> If I had it to do again, I'd paint many light coats,
> allowing each to dry before the next coat.
> It dries quickly. If the paint appears "wet" it will
> bleed. I tried allowing the first coat to dry
> to seal the edges, but the solvent was strong enough
> to allow later coats that were a little
> heavier to bleed. It all worked out pretty well, but
> they're not as sharp edged as I'd like.
> --- In SolingOneMeter@yahoogroups.com, "nhnc27959"
> <abeachbum@...> wrote:
> > Some members have great looking sails with stripes
> or other graphics.
> > What do you use to paint them on?
> > I'm afraid to use iron on transfers. The material
> looks like it would
> > melt. It also doesn't look like it would take dye.
> > Sewing stripes on might change the performance of
> the sails?
> > Any advicw would be appreciated
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