0.5mm pitch QFP's are typically mixed with large components on all of my boards. I usually use a 6 mil stencil with a minimum aperture width of 10 mils. Normal aperture size is 10 x 50 which causes shorts about 20% of the time. A recent purchase of a used LSM height measurement system shows paste height of 7.3 to 8.2 mils. To compensate for the additional paste height, I could go to a step stencil for the QFP, reduce the aperture to 10 x 40 or go to a 5 mil stencil and take a lot of time increasing the paste on the rest of the parts. What are you doing to solve this problem.