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Painting on wood??????

Discussion in 'Substrates' started by RichardH, Jan 8, 2021.


  1. RichardH

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    I am starting to build a few bird houses and bird feeders for my back yard and was wondering how to prep the wood for airbrushing. I have a lot of Golden High Flow, Etac EFX and some Createx Ill. and a little Createx Wicked paints.
    I've never painted on wood and it looks like it would be fun to paint on them.
    Also, what would I need to use to seal the paint from the weather.

    Any advice would be well received.

    Richard
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    Use sanding sealer to prep wood before painting. Couple of coats and a light sanding in between then you can prime it with base coat, sealer, or whatever. Otherwise the surface will be really rough. I skipped applying sanding sealer on one project and the paint raised the wood grain up. Wasted a lot of time and paint sanding and repainting to fill in the wood grain and get the surface smooth (sort of).
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    Hellbird is spot on assuming the wood is smooth. If it's rough sawn and you don't care about a smooth finish, you don't need to do as much prep, but I would still use some sort of sealer/primer so the surface isn't as porous when you apply the paint. You will get more consistent results.

    As for sealing the final finish, you have a lot of options. You could clearcoat it with an airbrush clear, or pick up a rattle can clear enamel or polyurethane in whatever sheen you want.
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