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I was wondering when to add color to a pyrography project when I am planning on also staining it. It is a large toybox that will have characters on it that will be shaded and colored but also with a hint of stain to darken the entire piece. Obviously I will be adding an enamel to it in the end. Anyone know what comes first, the stain or the color?
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I have never tried to do both. It is probably a chicken and an egg question, Which came first? I would think that if I were trying to make that decision, I would stain first, let that dry, and then paint, let it dry, and then add Your clear finish to add the sheen.

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i'm with dutchman on this one.......
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It depends on the look you're going for.

If you want the colors to be bright or new looking, go with the stain first.

If you want a more antiqued look, stain after.
One thing to consider if you stain after painting is that the staining can break up and erode the paint if they are the same base. So either use different bases (ie: acrylic paint, oil stain), or at least let the paint cure very well before wetting with stain.

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