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I had some altars built for wedding gifts, and need to know the best way to get the letters dark (black) before I add the finish. I don't want the paint to seep into the grain around the letters, and don't want to use the wrong combination of paint and finish so that the finish might mess up the painted letters. Any suggestions would be very helpful. They are built of knotty alder...

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I had some altars built for wedding gifts, and need to know the best way to get the letters dark (black) before I add the finish. I don't want the paint to seep into the grain around the letters, and don't want to use the wrong combination of paint and finish so that the finish might mess up the painted letters. Any suggestions would be very helpful. They are built of knotty alder...

Thanks in advance!
Sorry - I failed to indicate that the letters/design were routed with a plunge router freehand...
 

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Welcome to the forum! A good sealer should prevent most of any bleeding into surrounding areas. Photos always help, btw.

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I can try to add some pics ASAP. So - forgive the greenhorn here - in what order do I apply the paint (to the routed areas), the sealer, and the stain/finish to the flat surface of the top?
 

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Practice on some scrap wood first.
 
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I had some altars built for wedding gifts, and need to know the best way to get the letters dark (black) before I add the finish. I don't want the paint to seep into the grain around the letters, and don't want to use the wrong combination of paint and finish so that the finish might mess up the painted letters. Any suggestions would be very helpful. They are built of knotty alder...

Thanks in advance!
Here's a link to a thread Painting routed letters I have used the spraying method with success
 

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Welcome to the forum.
 

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welcome to the forum. I know what works for me is I stain and let dry, clear coat and then paint in the letters and put on another coat of clear coat. I use all water based.
What water based clear coat do you use? Thanks.
 

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That doesn't sound easy to do, and you are great if you can handle such projects. I know how hard it is to work in this domain. My mother works as a project designer at a painting company in Singapore, and based on their reputation and reviews; they are the most reliable house painters singapore. They have many projects, such as interior and exterior paintings and office paintings. I saw several of their works, and very incredible. They indeed put a lot of effort and passion into what they do to fulfill customers' desires.
 

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