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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-15-2013, 06:34 AM Thread Starter
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Default Finishing a sign routed in poplar

I just routed three signs. One for each grand kid, with their name. I used the Rockler State Park template set. My first time doing template routing.

Now I have to think about finishing. I think I will paint the letters black, then sand the sign.

What would be good for the background? Stain (suggestions), oil, poly?

Should I do the background before painting, or afterwards, and then sand?

Should I use sanding sealer, then the paint, and then...... ?

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Just made this sign for my grandson to put on his dog's kennel.
Used Cedar fence board for the wood.
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Looks great. So what was your finishing process?

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Steve, there are a lot of different methods used for finishing your signs. Everybody has a method that works for them.

I like to use acrylic paints for my interior signs. You have a rainbow of colors to choose from. I route the letters/image first. Finish sand the entire sign. I usually hand paint the letters with the acrylic paint, a little paint outside the letters is no problem. When the painting is complete, I use my random orbital w/220 grit paper. A light sanding to remove the excess paint. Seal using poly or a finish of your choice.

The first pic is after painting, ready to sand.
Second pic, finished.

BTW, these were done on my CNC
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