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Help with Masking

Following some of the tips/advice I’ve seen here on the forums I purchased a couple rolls of Oramask. Sanded my piece of wood, stained, applied the Oramask, and carved it. I did 3 different colors so used masking tape to mask off the sections that would be different colors. I ran into a small issue, though, when removing the masking tape to move to the next section, in that it kept peeling up the Oramask from the small parts of letters. Any tips to prevent this? Or perhaps a different way of doing it?

Are you using blue painters tape? That’s what I use and have not had a problem

I used regular beige masking tape. I’ll give the painters tape a shot. Thanks!

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What type of stain (water or oil based) are you applying to the wood before you put the Oramask on?
Oramask 813 is for water based paints
Oramask 810 is for oil based paints

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Oil based Minwax stain. I used Oramask 813s. It held perfectly through the carving. I used plain old masking tape to block off areas that I would paint a different color. It was when I peeled the masking tape off the oramask to go to the next color that I had the issue with it picking up small pieces (inside the “o”, etc).

I’ve never tried Oramask over stain, I have only used it over paint. But since you’re using Oil based Minwax maybe you could try the Oramask 810 next time. The solvents in the stain may be loosening up the bond between the Oramask and substrate.
Russell

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I did put a coat of polycrylic over the stain and let it dry before applying the Oramask, if that makes a difference. I do happen to have a little 810, so I’ll give that and blue painter’s tape a shot.

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Putting the polycrylic over the stain and letting it dry should be good. Hopefully the 810 will work for you

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