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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-20-2016, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Should I paint the letters or not?

My first thought was to paint them after staining.
But I have learned to like them as they are.

My customer has left it up to me.
So I thought I'd ask the experts.........

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I don't like paint...
at all...
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Frank, I like the sign as shown. However I am a bit conflicted as to whether painting the letters would enhance it. May be a coin flip decision.
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The letters didn't stand out enough without staining. Much better after staining. To paint or not to paint is a tough question which depends quite a bit on where the sign is going and how legible you want it to be. From a distance those letters will probably start to disappear into the background. Few questions can be answered well out of context and in this situation context means location and desired effect.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Paint them. They need to stand out a bit. What color? Contrast tones of the wood, or same tones, but dark? Hum. Paint a few strips of cardboard and lay them on the wood. I lean toward a nice dark, Forest green.

The more I do, the less I accomplish.
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This is gonna hang in a kitchen that has a mix of colors.....but the dominate color is a light gray.
It will hang over the sink near the ceiling..

I'm thinking I will leave it alone.....hang it for my customer and let her look at it a few days.....then make her decide.

Thanks for the input guys.
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Good idea to let the lady make the final call.
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stain the letters darker or use dye..
but no paint...
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I was thinking one of the possibilities would be a house sign that needed to be visible from the road in which case they needed to be darker or contrast significantly. At the range you're talking it won't matter. I also agree with not painting but dying or staining instead. This is the best wood stain I've ever used. It's water based and comes in many colors which can be mixed for other colors. It's made in Quebec so I don't know where you would be able to get it down there but if you can find it it will be worth it. SamaN wood stain & AquaShine maintenance products [ Furniture stain and varnish | Wood floor cleaner, laminate floor cleaner ]
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it's a carved wood sign...
paint just doesn't belong...

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