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Steve Kelsey
05-03-2010, 10:14 PM
I engraved my first finished box the other day and want to color fill the engraving. I thought I had seen a post here about rub n buff and/or liquid leaf. Do these products work on wood? any better ones? Any other advice?

Dan Ashlin
05-03-2010, 11:13 PM
Rub 'n Buff works well if your wood has a sealed, smooth finish on it. I wouldn't try it on anything that has a grain texture. Works best on piano finished woods, and looks really sharp.

John Noell
05-03-2010, 11:50 PM
Any kind of liquid fill (acrylic paints also can look good) pretty much requires a clear sealer or they will wick into the grain.

Richard Coers
05-04-2010, 9:03 AM
I've used really thick fabric paint from Walmart. It comes in a squeezable bottle with a really fine nozzle. It does shrink quite a bit, so fill accordingly. No wicking trouble.

Michael Hunter
05-04-2010, 9:57 AM
Stencil paint (for stencilling patterns onto walls etc.) is so stiff that it is nearly solid.
Works well, plenty of colours to choose from and no wicking at all.

Steve Kelsey
05-04-2010, 11:15 AM
Thanks, all!

Jimmy Estrada Jr
05-07-2010, 8:23 PM
I use the acrylic stuff from Laserbits. They have a sealer that comes with it. You put the sealer on first then apply the color after the sealer has dried. You tend to have bleed out on Alder if you don't use the sealer first. They have metallics as well as other colors.

Here is a link

Tim Bateson
05-07-2010, 9:07 PM
Powder Paint - cheap - easy - looks great: http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result/?category=&q=powder+paint

From a prior post I made: The natural wood oil will help to cure it, but I assist by "baking" it with the laser. Very low power - about 7-8% power & 100% speed. Any slower or higher power will laser the paint away. I then top it off - after cleanup with lacquer.

Also do a search on "Nancy's Method" - Nancy Laird (http://www.sawmillcreek.org/member.php?u=8999)