Masking and stenciling
If you use masking techniques (using adhesive tape, for example) or stenciling after an initial coat, you should always wait 20 minutes before applying the tape or stencil to the bicycle frame, to ensure that the paint is dry enough not to be pulled away when removed.
Masking can sometimes create lines against the edge, where paint has built up. Wait another 20 minutes so that this build-up is not pulled away when removing the stencil or mask (tape). Allow the paint to dry for at least 2 hours and remove the excess by rubbing with a soft cloth.
Masking difficult areas
Sometimes it is difficult to mask small or complicated areas (such as head badges). When simple masking tape cannot be used, there are alternatives. Thick grease can work very well, as it acts as a barrier between the surface and the paint. We have also experimented with margarine and even toothpaste with fantastic results.
Jetnikoff Spray by Squid Bikes
Torn tape. Chris paints a three colour fade with Spray.Bike, masks with torn tape and then paints a two colour fade top coat.
Masking & stenciling in Spray.Bike X Rise TV X VCA
Unmasking by Squid Bikes