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I have been practicing making signs on scrap pine wood. Y'all make it look easier than it is. I have been cutting words from junk mail and gluing them to the boards after spraying the wood with shellac. My problem is getting the paint off after I finish the sign. The paint I used is Rustoleum and Velspar lacquer, both in black. The paper on my palm sander just loaded up. I have a Ridgid spindle and belt sander and it didn't work that well either. Just need to fined out what you guys do.
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Don, I am not sure that I understand what you are asking.

I assume that you are attaching cardboard letters to the pine.
What paint is it that you are removing? Is it the excess after removing the cardboard letters?

A couple of things I think might be causing your problem:
1. The paint and (or) the shellac may not have had time to completely dry.
2. Use a fine grit sandpaper with very light pressure.
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I'm not a sign painter and only have done one sign in my life. I have to say that it was a pain in the butt although I plan on doing more now that I'm retired. Do you have any photos?

Here is mine
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Don, I am not sure that I understand what you are asking.

I assume that you are attaching cardboard letters to the pine.
What paint is it that you are removing? Is it the excess after removing the cardboard letters?

A couple of things I think might be causing your problem:
1. The paint and (or) the shellac may not have had time to completely dry.
2. Use a fine grit sandpaper with very light pressure.
For an example I cut "FREE SHIPPING" from a sale magazine my wife got then sprayed glue on the back of the cutout then attached it to a pine board. Cutting words with fairly big letters from junk mail is free and easy. I was using 80 grit so I will try some fine paper.
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Here is a picture Johnny.

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I'm not sure why you're having trouble, Don. Here's a sign I carved this morning and you can see how much paint coverage I ended up with and how it looks sanded off. I used Rust-Oleum black primer for the paint and sanded it off with my random-orbital sander using a 120 grit sanding disk. The sign was carved out of poplar.

My guess is that your paint isn't really dry when you're sanding it. Using a paper pattern the way you are, you could spray the paint before removing the pattern and end up with less sanding.

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Holy cow Oliver. Those are terrific. Freehand I presume?
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I painted a practice sign yesterday and sanded it this mourning with 150 grit paper. The paint came off much better. I really don't understand why a finer grit works better but it does.
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Holy cow Oliver. Those are terrific. Freehand I presume?
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Yep, freehand, Tom. Kind of slow going with so many straight lines but it actually takes longer to carve out all the background than it does to carve the outset letters. The inset letters are quick and easy.
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