Engraving or Cutting Painted Wood

Hello friends,

I apologize if this has already been addressed elsewhere but I’d greatly appreciate your input and knowledge.

Is it safe (in regards to fire hazard concerns as well as toxic concerns) to first paint your baltic birch (or luan) before engraving or cutting? If so, what type of paint is recommended.

As much detail as you can give is greatly appreciated.

Thanks friends!

You might try starting here.



There is a wealth of information on this topic throughout the forum. Try using the search function for “paint first” and you will be richly rewarded. Here is a post to get you started.


Quick answer is yes - go reading for details on paints - there’s a lot of choices/info!

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