What type of finish over painted lettering?

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Forum topic by Brett posted 04-03-2018 12:05 PM 378 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2018 12:05 PM

Hey all.

I’m making some bench tops for my brother. He’s starting up a gym and needed some benches for his locker room. They are poplar stained with General Finishes gel stain (oil based).

He wants his logo on the top of the benches so I was going to have my wife use her Cricut to cut out the logo on vinyl to use as a stencil so I could paint it on the top with acrylic enamel paint.

I have Minwax semi gloss poly I was going to use over the benches after I paint the logos on but I’m wondering if this will be a good option. Part of the logo has some white in it so I don’t want it to yellow too much. Should I coat the benches several times, paint the logo and then put on one final coat of finish? Or should I go with polycrylic instead? Any other options?


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#1 posted 04-03-2018 12:18 PM

I’ve successfully coated over acrylic lettering with spray lacquer and Tru-Oil wipe on with no color change. Tru-Oil, you would have to put on numerous coats, so probably not an option. Lacquer probably not durable enough for a bench.
I’d test a white swatch of paint with a good, durable coat of poly and see how much it darkens. My guess is it will not be as bad as you think. Besides, after a few months use, it probably will gain some color in any case.

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#2 posted 04-03-2018 12:25 PM

You might be right. What I may do is put on 2 coats or so of poly and then paint the logo. The wood should still be rough enough to promote good adhesion for the paint and then do another 2 or 3 coats of poly (all wipe on poly I should note).

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