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Lettering metallic on stained wood

Discussion in 'Hand Made Signs' started by Feldspar, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. Feldspar

    Feldspar New Member

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    Hey Guys,

    I'm going to be lettering metallic gold onto stained wood. I worked a long time mixing the stain to the exact right gray/blue color to match my customer's business identity.
    The wood is soaking up the paint and I can't get a good coat without priming first.

    Is there a clear primer/sealer I can put down first that won't change the color of the stain?
    This will be hung indoors so it doesn't have to be weather proof.

    Thanks,

    F


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  2. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    Can't you just letter with the primer first?
     
  3. Eric H

    Eric H Member

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    So you're lettering in the top and bottom sections? I would varnish that entire section. How did you get the red to cover without soaking in? I probably would have cleared the whole panel before any painting.
     
  4. Feldspar

    Feldspar New Member

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    This was my origional plan but my letters tend to look cleaner the fewer strokes I use to make them.
     
  5. Feldspar

    Feldspar New Member

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    Yes. I underbased the red with two coats of white oil-based primer. Clear coating the whole thing would have worked as long as it didn't affect the color if the stain too much. I could still do it now at any point I guess which would work like a clear primer. Just don't want the wood to get too dark from soaking up all the clear coat.

    I have clear coated with Flat Ceramithane before on dyed wood with very little darkening. Never painted on it though.
     
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2013
  6. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

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    I just lettered a small honours board that I stained first, and I cleared it with Minwax Spar Polyurethene. It did not change the color of my stain, only enhanced it.
    I lettered it with Ronan gold ultraleaf waterbased, and I did have to double-coat it.
    You will have to seal that with something or it will act like a sponge.
    Love....Jill
     

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