If you apply a finish (poly etc.) to the wood before you carve the lettering, you can spray the lettering and then used a rag with thinner to wipe the colors off of the flat finished surface before it's completely dry, leaving the colors in the carving. The beauty of doing it this way is that you don't need any masking. I do this frequently when power relief carving. I sometimes even carve into factory built and finished furniture, adding a name or image to it to personalize it, or sometimes to a piece that I have built and finished. I usually use oil stains darker than the background wood, but acrylic, oil, or water based paints will also work well, and the air brush will put on just a very thin coat (tint) if you want to. It's just a tiny precision paint sprayer.
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Last edited by CharleyL; 08-03-2016 at 09:47 PM.