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I "think" the wood I made this sign out of is Zebra Wood. All I know is I LOVED carving this wood.

But, I need to finish it. The sign will be hung in our kitchen so no outside elements will be involved.

I have a couple questions:

1) Can I use acrylic paint to paint the carved out letters? I don't want to paint the wood, but the words are not legible unless you are standing in front of the sign.

2) What is the best finish to use? I've read that Tung Oil is good. But I have never used this. One guy says shellac. Again, I've never used this.

I'm hoping to get a nice finish that will last for a while before it needs touching up.

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Shellac has a warm color to it Tung oil is lighter lacquer is the clearest. Nice looking sign I hope you have some scrap left so you can try before you buy. Very nice looking sign
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Shellac has a warm color to it Tung oil is lighter lacquer is the clearest. Nice looking sign I hope you have some scrap left so you can try before you buy. Very nice looking sign
Thanks for the compliment Bill.......I wish I had some left over. That is the whole piece of wood. We bought it to fit right where she wants it to go.

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My vote then is to rattle can clear lacquer since its indoors will probably give the best color contrasts. Try it on the back (I always finish back first anyhow just for practice)
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Time to get some shellac or make it yourself from flakes - if only to broaden your horizons.
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Black acrylic paint for the letters, let it dry and clear coat of your choice.

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Time to get some shellac or make it yourself from flakes - if only to broaden your horizons.
A chemist, I'm not.

I think I will buy it instead.
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Black acrylic paint for the letters, let it dry and clear coat of your choice.

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John, I am leaning towards a beige to match the walls in our kitchen. We thought about black.....and have not ruled it out.

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Should have said acrylic paint in the color of your choice. I just think black when I hear zebra - and I have a quart of it.

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