The Easy Way to Paint Wooden Letters

Working on a DIY project with your wooden letters? Here’s some tips for painting them so that they look their best!

What You’ll Need
  • Acrylic paint/ Primer
  • Spray paint
  • Foam brush
  • Cardboard
  • 240 grit Sandpaper


Apply Primer to the Edges with a Brush

To get the best finish on your wooden letters, it’s best to use a combination of acrylic/primer and spray paint.

Use a foam brush to apply the primer to the edges. Don’t be afraid to be generous with the paint, the edges of your letters will soak up quite a bit!


Let Dry and Then Sand the Edges

After your prime coat of paint on the edges has dried, the edges will feel pretty rough. Use a 240 grit piece of sandpaper to sand the edges smooth.

Now that you’ve got the edges under control, you’re ready for the spray paint!


Spray Paint the Face of the Letters

Make sure you’re spraying in a well-ventilated area, and use a piece of cardboard if necessary to catch the overspray.

Hold the spray paint can about two feet above the letters, and spray slowly back and forth as you work your way up the letters. It’s best to spray at a 45 degree angle to make sure your spray paint gets an even coat across both the edges and the face.


Let Dry and Then Sand the Face

The spray paint will make your wooden letters bubble up a bit. So, after your first coat dries, you’ll need to sand down the face to remove the roughness.


Apply the Final Coat of Spray Paint

Finally, spray your letters one more time and you’re all done!

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