Painting & staining strategies

Hi all,
Still a newbie at all of this, but Ive been really enjoying working with my CNC. Ive struggled though with painting/staining. One of the projects Im trying to make is a mini basketball court tray. I put down some stencil film, carved (got good lines with a v-bit) but when I try and paint the appropriate sections, the paint tends to bleed. The lines carve well in the wood, but the paint makes it look sloppy. Any strategies for this that I can learn? Type of paint? Stain the wood once everything else is finished or stain the wood before carving? Any help is appreciated!
Luke

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So you’ve found spray paint to work well? I just had bleeding into the wood that was very frustrating

use a clear coat before painting, to prevent bleeding

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So stain, clear coat, cut, then spray paint?

What I do is:
Stain
Clear Coat
Mask
Carve
Spray clear coat the carve area to seal the grain vessels ( I usually do 3-4 light coats from various angles giving each coat a few minutes to dry) Oh and I use Water Based Poly for both clear coat applications, usually wipe on type for the first application before… .
Then after that’s dry I’ll Spay Paint
Then let it dry
Then peel the masking

I never get bleeding into the grain with this method.

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