I did a v-carve plaque for the first time. I used basswood and sealed it with 2-3 coats of spray lacquer before spray painting the surface, wiping it off, and sanding things down to get dark lettering. As you might’ve guessed from the title, the black paint was wicked up by fibers in the basswood that the lacquer evidently didn’t fully seal.
I imagine I’m not the first to deal with this. A quick search brought up other paint bleeding issues and the recommendation to seal with lacquer, but as I did try to seal with lacquer, I have three specific questions:
How many coats of spray lacquer do you do to get a sealed surface? The plaque has small lettering with lots of corners. Would a brush be better?
Would a thicker paint or epoxy bleed less? Any recommended products. I used a play rustoleum I had on hand.
And (on a different issue) For small letters, anyone have something better to recommend than basswood? The grain is pretty large and I had some chipout between characters.
Thanks for your time,