Post # 1
I made my own wooden sign that guests will sign at the wedding and we will then display after the wedding. I stained with a Minwax oil-based stain and used a Sharpie oil-based paint pen to do the lettering.
My questions is this: should I put some kind of finish on the sign now to protect the lettering (wedding is not until October), or should I leave the sign unfinished until after the wedding, once everyone else has signed it? I’m going to do some tests on some small pieces of wood (writing over finished wood and trying different types fo finishes), but also value anyone’s advice who has made/used a wooden guest book sign.
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Post # 2
Oooh, this is a great idea for a guest book! I’ve done some work with staining wood and whatnot before… but I don’t know enough about how oil-based paint will react with time and/or finish. What sort of finish are you using? Polyurethane?
My hunch, though, is that anything that is not exposed to the elements or abrasives should hold up just fine without any sort of finish. If that hunch is right, I’d hold off on finishing it just yet to make sure that people have no problem signing it.
Post # 3
I haven’t done this specifically, but I’ve done some woodworking. I’d definitely test a piece of wood to see if the lettering will smudge. If you poly it or wax it now, you will likely be able to see some sheen over the lettering. You’d just have to decide if that bothers you or not. And did you handletter that? I love it!
Post # 4
I’ve heard Zinsser shellac will definitely not make the paint run, so that’s what I’m trying first. I think I will just wrap it up in some fabric and store it away until the wedding, finish it after.
Post # 5
Good point about the sheen; I think my testing will help me decide on that. I wish I handlettered that! I can’t write in a straight line to save my life, so I used a handwriting font and traced the letters into the wood with a pencil, went back over the tracing with the paint pen.