Your workpiece should be properly abated before any top coats are applied, and this will greatly reduce the risk of lift off of top colors. Your base should be abated before primers are applied, then if working on top of primers, they too should be abated before applying any top coat. Paint will not stick to a smooth, slick surface…..period, ….if you attempt to mask a painted surface that’s not properly prepped, you’re almost guaranteed the dreaded lift off,….below pic is 3 different colors and lettering applied in the above mentioned manner,…note the crisp lines, and bold lettering, and as near factory finish as one can get in a DIY setting,…..
I am probably the only one, but I don't understand the word "abated" used in this context. Could you please explain? Thanks, NH Joe