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Hi Greg,
I am making a sign out of walnut and it will be finished with Danish Oil. I will have engraved letters with a CNC machine and then the letters will be painted gold. I am using Testors Master Model Gold enamel.
My challenge is, I tried painting the letters first then finishing, but the Danish Oil reacts with the gold paint and becomes dull. so I tried finishing the wood first, then paining the gold letters and that was o.k., until I tried to was the wood with paste wax. The was would get into the lettering and it would also dull the letters. What would be the proper method and order to do something like this?
Thanks for your help, Gene Pearson

Hey Gene, you could get it done a few ways, can you really see that much of a difference if you get a little Danish oil on the lettering?...can't you just wipe it off??I would be tempted to do a varnish sealer coat, do the lettering, and then spray the whole sign with the varnish topcoat over the lettering....most sign makers would approach it that way, so as to get maximum longevity out of the finish, I believe.When I did a run of simple signs, I sprayed the incised lettering, then took a beltsander to the surface to remove all the overspray, creating very clean lines, then sprayed the finish coats on the signs...Danish oil won't give you much in the way of protection......but maybe I'm missing something- post back.


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Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects,Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings,wood species recognition,usage,etc.


Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Sold, built, serviced, setup Home,Industrial and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools, and offered instruction on use and care as well.I even have some Trade show Demo experience.

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Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (12/97), included on Fine Woodworkings first "Best of Fine Woodworking" CD-ROM (2002)-("27 year compilation of expert know-how"),Multiple times in Family Handyman Magazine, local newspapers as well.

Art School at Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT., 9 year apprenticeship in a European run Cabinet and Restoration shop in CT., various classes on subjects having to do with the field. Seminars by Major tool manufacturers, Delta, Powermatic, Performax, Porter Cable, Skil/Bosch to name a few.

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Many varied clients including work on Martha Stewarts' Westport, CT. show house, many fine Antique dealers and private collectors in and around Fairfield County and in Woodbury, CT.(the Antiques capital of CT.)
Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.), local Museums and Historical Societies.For the last two years I have been employed with Schwenke Auctioneers Inc.- Woodbury Auction LLC., as a staff photographer,IT tech,and doing restoration and repair work as well.

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