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I am making some routered name signs. I am having difficulty getting a crisp paint line on the cut outs and raised surfaces. Any help or suggestions on how to easily do this would be greatly appreciated!
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I am making some routered name signs. I am having difficulty getting a crisp paint line on the cut outs and raised surfaces. Any help or suggestions on how to easily do this would be greatly appreciated!
Have you tried covering the entire sign with painter's tape before routing? Rout, then
paint, then remove tape when dry.
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Route the sign. Paint/Spray the letters. Sand off over-spray/paint.

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I do pretty much like George suggests. Except I'll spray clear coat on the area to be carved first. Then carve your project. Then paint your letters. The clear coat will seal the edges of the letters, not allowing the paint to bleed out through the veins in the wood. Then I sand the over spray. The clear coat sands completely off very easily for future staining or finishing.
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I have not tried this yet. They are using a foam sign in the video but thinking it would work the same on wood.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARx1fPoYcvo
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Thanks for posting the link to the video ITPCPRO.

I think I'm going to try the foam brush technique in the video. I have a sign to make in Red Oak that will have a red background with white letters on one part. It has another part with the exact opposite. Lots of painting to do on this sign......most I have done on a sign thus far.

In the past I have been using crafter's acrylic paints ( $0.97/bottle at Walmrt ) and hand painting with small brushes. The acrylic on wood is very easy to sand off so I don't worry much about "staying in the lines."

I will post pics of the end results......in a few weeks.

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I am on the verge of trying my hand at using a air brush to paint the carved out letters. I currently spray clear over the entire sign then spray black Marsh ink, then sand till all excess is removed then stain and clear or just clear. But don't really like that process. I want to try clear after carving then fill carved area with air brush and acrylic paints. Should be a lot less sanding, may be a little slower but I am not interested in production speed, this is a hobby for my own entertainment for family and friends. As soon as I finish my current project I will start trying my hand that way, then stain and or clear coat.

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Well I tried my hand today with the air brush and though it is slower than using a aerosol can of Marsh Ink there will be a heck of a lot less sanding required (& less sanding belts required) after the paint dries. Just need to perfect my hand with a air brush. Looking forward to trying this again.

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