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    Hello all,

    I am am making signs and handpainting each one. It seems to be taking me ages as I tend to give each sign a good few coats. So I have a few questions......!
    Does everyone use primer before?
    Would you need to use primer before if using acrylic on the signs?
    I have seen a small machine that sprays paint - do any of you crafters use a sprayer rather than a brush to get a more even, smooth finish?
    Sorry about the questions........there will be more sadly!
    Kai xx

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    I used to prime but gave up rather quickly! I use acrylic, mostly on MDF but occasionally on wood too. Acrylic seems to work really well straight down. MDF is much better these days than it used to be.

    Fine sandpaper is brilliant for achieving a smooth finish. I've never used spray paint so can't compare. For most colours, two coats is enough, but it might depend on the quality of your paint.

    Hope that helps x
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    • #3
      Thank you Wendy! You are a fountain of knowledge!
      I have seen a sprayer and you fill it up with paint but I paint lots of different colours in one session so think this would be a nightmare actually!
      Kai xx

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      • #4
        I would paint using a brush rather than use a sprayer. You can get a very smooth finish if you don't put too much on the brush. All my signs are on natural wood and paint a sealant on or dip them in oil. My signs are going very well at the moment and finished one this morning which I've dipped in the can.

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