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09-02-2012 04:50 PM

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Okay lumberjocks I have a quick question. I am carving a maple leaf into a piece of walnut and will be painting a good portion of it. My question(s) is/are. Should I prime the wood first where the paint will be? and I’m putting wipe on poly after so should I poly over the painted area with the rest of the project? will the paint smudge at all? Its a gift box for a friend so it will be indoors at all times as well.

-- M.K.

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 09-02-2012 05:27 PM

If you use a good oil based enamel, I would prime the painted area with Zinsser BIN; 2 coats sanded smooth and then paint. Oil based enamels are very durable, so top coated it with something wouldn’t be needed, and if the top coat is a urethane varnish it may cause it to yellow.

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#2 posted 09-02-2012 06:34 PM

when painting into carved letters
i spray with a sealer first
(lacq,/poly/or whatever)
to keep the paint from bleeding
into the surrounding wood

splash in the paint
let dry good
then sand the surface
(makes the figure crisp)

them the finish

as fred suggested
a non-yellowing top coat is a good idea

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#3 posted 09-02-2012 09:55 PM

alright that sounds pretty legit thx guys…i’ll be posting it within a week or two to let u know how it went

-- M.K.

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#4 posted 09-02-2012 11:43 PM

Been there; done that.

No need for a sealer. Use 1Shot (One Shot) sign paint or artists acrylic. Top with waterborne clear poly.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#5 posted 09-03-2012 01:46 AM

hmmm….artists acrylic ehh?? i may have some of that

-- M.K.

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