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painting your carving?

March 20 2017 at 11:19 AM
joe  (Login jbusch)

Hi Guys, I am carving Olaf the Snowman for my girls. I have not put any paint on a carving yet so a little lost on the process of painting and sealing a carving. My plan right now is just to use the old rattle can and stick with rustoleum products for this. I am lost on the process of this though. I would assume I have to seal this piece at one point but do not know.. Do you guys use product under or over the paint? or just use paint alone??

 
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Andrew
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Re: painting your carving?

March 21 2017, 9:55 AM 

I've had good results with acrylics

 
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joe
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finish

March 21 2017, 11:43 AM 

Thanks Andrew, are you just brushing the acrylics or do you use a spray? More of my concern is sealing the paint. Do you need to apply any specific finish over the acrylics or just leave as is once painted?
I have little experience with using acrylics on the brush. I have done a lot of work with spray paints so have confidence in it. That was my reason for going that direction.

 
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Andrew
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Re: finish

March 21 2017, 1:41 PM 

I used brushes but spray is fine. You can seal it with a water based varnish but acrylic is pretty durable, I painted a dragon carved in field maple 20 years ago and it still looks great despite being outdoors for at least 15 of those years. I did carve and paint a red dragon in lime (basswood), the carving survived a decade in the garden before it rotted out but the paint lasted longer than the carving. I think I bored out the pith and the hole wasn't fully sealed and allowed the rot to take hold

 
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Joe
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Acrylic

March 21 2017, 4:20 PM 

Thanks Andrew, I appreciate the response. I did not know that paint would hold up so well. Good to hear.

 
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Rick
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Re: Acrylic

March 23 2017, 12:57 AM 

Another method is burn, brush, blow it off. Seal it with a water based wood protectant. Then for Olof you can use kill or 12 year white exterior latex.

 
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joe
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Olaf

March 23 2017, 10:46 AM 

I ended up spraying this one all white and then used acrylic black and orange for the mouth, nose, ect.. I had a pile of old white spray paint so was happy to use it up.

I think the next time I will go your route Rick and use the exterior. Brushing the white would have been much quicker. Either way my little girls love there snowman.

I have to make the hair and arms yet. Was thinking about making synthetic branches that I can bend for this?? So doing some research now. Sure would like to learn how to do it for future carvings. If anyone has ever attempted this I would like to hear how.

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Rick
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Re: Olaf

March 24 2017, 2:50 PM 

I bet the kids are

Happy!!

 
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