Using laser mask as spray paint template - Sign

I whipped up this sign for somebody with a dog and a bus. Using masking tape to protect the wood from laser smoke, I decided I didn’t think that the engraving was dark enough, so I spray painted right over the mask before I removed it.

Basically, used the glowforge to cut the mask/template and also give a small amount of depth, but relied on the black spray paint to make the high contrast on the sign.

It worked out so well for me that I will probably use this order of operations for other signs!

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I’ve done this a bunch of times both with paints and stains.

You can get some “leakage” when you do this, but it generally works out great.

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This turned out great! Your paint makes it pop! I’ve used this technique in the past and love the results.

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That can be eliminated if you spray first with a clear then with the colour.

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I recall the sign painters saying to spray with clear polycrylic before putting the color layer down, reportedly helps reduce that bleed.

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I learned something new. The bleed has driven me nuts in the past! Great tip.

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Great work! Nice when it is simple with great results!

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I’m with Aloha, this would have been a better tip five years ago.

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I usually wind up thinking about it 5minutes after I remove the mask.

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Very cute!

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