Question about painting on wood

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I am tentatively considering making some stuff for Easter. What are the best materials for painting wooden eggs? How about getting a glossy finish?

I mean, some of the stuff my coworkers are selling.....smdh.....I KNOW I'm capable of turning out some cute(r) things that people will buy.

Unfortunately, I have no clue as to product recommendations and techniques. For example, would I have to go over the egg with sandpaper to smooth it out first? I want to paint designs on the eggs and have seen some paint pens that look like they'd work for what i have in mind. Any techniques and product recs are greatly appreciated.


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Last edited by sinistral55; 02-07-2013 at 08:08 PM.
has the wood been painted on before? is it brand new wood? if it has been painting on before you will probably have to sand it off.

if you want to glossy finish you can use a gloss paint. paint comes in flat (when the walls are not shiny but dull, thats flat paint) semi gloss (which is a little more gloosy less dull) and gloss (very shiny).

My dad is a proffessional so i will ask him for you.
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has the wood been painted on before? is it brand new wood? if it has been painting on before you will probably have to sand it off.

if you want to glossy finish you can use a gloss paint. paint comes in flat (when the walls are not shiny but dull, thats flat paint) semi gloss (which is a little more gloosy less dull) and gloss (very shiny).

My dad is a proffessional so i will ask him for you.
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No, not painted

I see them in Michael's a lot. The bare unpainted wooden eggs? The ones I've handled feel smooth, but i vaguely remember reading how wood will just soak up whatever paint you use. The effect I want is bright and colorful with a shiny finish.

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has the wood been painted on before? is it brand new wood? if it has been painting on before you will probably have to sand it off.

if you want to glossy finish you can use a gloss paint. paint comes in flat (when the walls are not shiny but dull, thats flat paint) semi gloss (which is a little more gloosy less dull) and gloss (very shiny).

My dad is a proffessional so i will ask him for you.
Originally Posted by thelio
No, not painted

I see them in Michael's a lot. The bare unpainted wooden eggs? The ones I've handled feel smooth, but i vaguely remember reading how wood will just soak up whatever paint you use. The effect I want is bright and colorful with a shiny finish.

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Originally Posted by sinistral55
I'm at work and my dad's at work so i cant ask him yet. but a primer might help with that.
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WOW I didn't know they made wooden egg cups!!! I've got even more ideas now. Thanks for all the responses so far. I'm praying that i can actually create what i have in mind. That part I'm a little nervous about.

I might go ahead and see if i can get help setting up the craft table I've had in its box for the last four years. I will have more questions in a bit.



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Last edited by sinistral55; 02-08-2013 at 08:42 AM.
I think you should ask for recs at an art supply store.

But paints sold in places like Michael's and Jo-Ann's would also tell you what surfaces they can be used on, on the packaging.
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sand them lightly with those spongey sanding blocks you get at the hardware store. use a high adhesion primer before doing your artwork on them.

once done, use a high gloss spray to protect them.
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Acrylic paint should work. I use Folk Art or Apple Barrel. The wood does not need to be sanded but it would not hurt if you did sand. Since wood is porous you may want to use a primer or acrylic white paint as a base. If you are going to decorate the egg but you want the wood finish to be visible under a design; use a matt or gloss as the primer.
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My dad said he really don't know anything those wood eggs. He says that if they were meant to be painted on they could already my ready for you to paint them. He says you can always use a taste egg, but his suggested would be a sand them first just to be on the safe side. Then use a primer and paint it. Sorry me and my dad couldn't be more helpful. Good luck and don't forget to most pics!
I bought some of these type of things before and sanding does help to smooth it out. Nothing major tho. Then i used a tack cloth to remove all the particles.
Paint with a primer coat. Then the color and design. Final layer is a protective coat.

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