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I am going to make some small signs. I want to paint in the area where I route out the letters and numbers. The film will help keep the paint away from the top surface. I am terrible with a small paint brush. I understand there is a film that can be applied to the wood before routing to help prevent the paint from going where I don't want it. I don't know what it is called or what companies sell this material. Can anyone help provide this info?
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Just paint the cut out and then sand the area. Looks all nice and pretty.

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I'm not sure where you would get it in larger sizes, but I think clear packing tape might work for what you want.

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JT; what you're looking for is called 'frisket'. Widely used by artists but no idea how it would act with a router bit(?).
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Just Google frisket...lots of different products available.
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Thanks guys. I appreciate the info and suggestions.

I will let you know how I make out.
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That Frisket stuff sure ain't cheap, or even reasonable. On raw wood I just paint the cutout letters and then sand the top. The other thing I've found that works is to finish the whole sign up to the letter carving part, including the clear coat (I use Poly or lacquer) - then cut the lettering out and paint them with latex enamel. The excess on top just wipes right off with a damp rag.

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Back in the 70s there was a guy that passed through New Orleans about once a year with a craft show group who made router carved signs. He just used clear contact paper and drew the name and/or address on the sign with a grease pencil. Then he routed the sign, hit it with some paint and peeled off the contact paper to leave the paint only in the routed text. I use Honest John's method and just spray paint into the carved area and then sand off the excess with a random orbital or belt sander. No skill required.
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I don't even spray -- an artist's brush and a can of RO enamel (the paint will last longer than the can) is how I do it. Takes a little more time, but you can get around more intricate carvings - then an orbital sander or a sand mop gets 95% or better of the overage off - - might need a touch by hand with sandpaper - depends where the letters are located on the sign. No carvings? - then just spray and sand away on high holding on with both hands, sweet and simple.

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Hey, don't shoot the messenger!
I was just answering the original question.
Liquid frisket would allow you to paint over top of existing artwork without any danger of messing it up.
Small intricate detail is a perfect application.
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I have used a product that I purchased from AMAZON called"LIQUID MASKING FILM" BOB DIVELY BRAND.This stuff works fantastic...There is YOUTUBE video on this subject. Follow instructions and you will like the outcome.....The US ARMY would not allow me to paint the border rocks....THAT"s how bad I paint !!
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