This entry was originally posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012
Today’s Sunday Secrets is from Mike.
His question is about using masking fluid.
How do you avoid hard edges (from the masking fluid)?
Do you slightly dampen the edge before applying?
Thank you for the question Mike.
Unfortunately there is no easy way to avoid hard edges from masking fluid.
It is the nature of the beast.
I have tried to dilute the masking fluid and I have even dampened an edge before and after applying it.
But none of these work.
It only causes the masking fluid to soak into the paper fibers more instead of staying on the surface of the paper. The masking fluid now becomes harder to lift and is more difficult to apply paint to the now damaged paper. So I would not recommend doing this.
The only way to create a soft edge is to do so after you have lifted the masking fluid. This is best done with a scrub brush and some tissue. Lightly dampen the paper and softly scrub along the hard line to create a softer edge.