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About 6 weeks or so ago someone answered my question on how to stain without staining the contrasting trim wood. Their suggestion was to tape off the trim and coat with clear epoxy then tape off the epoxied trim and stain the remaining wood. Well, it works excellent except for one thing. I cannot seal the tape edges good enough to prevent bleed through. I even used a dime to press down the tape edges several times. It isn't a big problem but I thought if I used a different tape it might help. I used auto painters tape as it was the only tape I could find in the 1/8"-1/4" width range that allowed reasonable curves. The problem is it is not real sticky which is not surprising as it is made for removing from metal without disturbing the recently sprayed paint.
If you are not tired of reading by now I do have a question - Is there a stickier tape that would seal better on wood and still allow reasonable curves down to around 1-1/2" radius or so ??
Thank you,
Randy

That may well have been my response.

Wood is porous and dye will bleed. The green Frog tape is the best I've found so far.

If you have the patience you can mask off the surrounding area of a light colored stripe and coat the stripe with clear shellac. Then remove the tape and mask one edge of the stripe and sand away any shellac which bled into the darker wood. Dye that side and repeat the process for the other side. The shellac will keep the dye from bleeding into the stripe, mostly. Any dye on the stripe can be sanded off masking the edges with metal rulers.

That's the process for this boat. The dark wood was dyed.

This is more palatable when you're being paid to do it! Not a task for anyone with ADD.

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