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Old 10-17-2008, 12:02
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Default Painting Wood Plaques, Letters, Etc.?

I want to paint some wooden plaques for bow holders. I haven't painted on much other than canvas, lol. . .so my question is, do you always have to use a primer for wood? And the only paint I have is I think Liquitex acrylic. What do you all use? Those little bottles at Walmart and ACMoore, apple barrel, I think are those good? Also, do you finish with any kind of sealer or gloss? What about stencils and paint markers, do you ever use them? Haha, I need the 411 on painting!! Thanks ladies!!
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Old 10-17-2008, 12:33
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I'm sure you acrilic would work. I myself use Applebarrel and like paint. You don't have to primer the plaques, as a lot of people don't, but I personally think your pain job will look better. (I also refinish furniture for an antique store) so Primer is a must! lol
A lot of people do use stencils. I try to freehand as much as possible (so it is more unique) but if your more comfortable, by all means use a stencil!
I always put a top coat of clear finish on. I'd hate for the paint to be rubbed or scratched after all the work put into it. Plus I think it looks more professional.
I started off painting the dollar plaques from the dollar store, until I was happy with the results, them I moved up to the more sturdy for lack of a better word, plaques from Micheals.
Also, some plaques look better if you sand them first with a fine grit sandpaper, like 150 or above. The higher the number, the more fine the grit!
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Old 10-17-2008, 12:43
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I'm sure you acrilic would work. I myself use Applebarrel and like paint. You don't have to primer the plaques, as a lot of people don't, but I personally think your pain job will look better. (I also refinish furniture for an antique store) so Primer is a must! lol
A lot of people do use stencils. I try to freehand as much as possible (so it is more unique) but if your more comfortable, by all means use a stencil!
I always put a top coat of clear finish on. I'd hate for the paint to be rubbed or scratched after all the work put into it. Plus I think it looks more professional.
I started off painting the dollar plaques from the dollar store, until I was happy with the results, them I moved up to the more sturdy for lack of a better word, plaques from Micheals.
Also, some plaques look better if you sand them first with a fine grit sandpaper, like 150 or above. The higher the number, the more fine the grit!
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Thanks for all the tips!! What kind of topcoat (sealer) do you use? Thanks again!
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Thanks for all the tips!! What kind of topcoat (sealer) do you use? Thanks again!
you want to use a primer on raw wood... otherwise your craft paint can suck into the grain and it'll seem like its taking a ton of coats to get a smooth look.

to seal just use a clear poly in your choice of finish satin, semi, gloss... you can paint it on or spray it your choice
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