10 Amazing Painting Tips for Laser Cutting Projects To Make Your Job Easier
It can be challenging to know how to proceed with painting when you’re cutting a project from acrylic or wood. These ten tips will help you paint your laser-cut pieces, so they look great.
Questions I Often Get About Painting for Laser Cutting Projects
- Holly, how do I get good coverage on the burned edges of my laser cutting projects?
- What paint do you use?
So I took to my ambassador team and had them contribute the best advice.
Painting Tips Jennifer Phillips of Little Color Co
- Always have suitable ranges of sandpaper on hand. The big tip from most designers is to sand with a 220 and then prime. Then, again with a 320. It will help smooth it out and give you an excellent base to start from when painting.
- Spray paint makes getting all of those smaller nooks and crannies easier. But use painter’s tape to hold down tiny pieces before spraying to keep them from flying around (simply double it over and tape one side down to your table).
- Having a spray paint tent makes it easier to paint in different temperatures and wind conditions!
Painting Tips from Grace Winter of Lemonwood Lane
- Grace doesn’t paint a lot and tends to leave the wood’s natural finish. With that being said, using shellac brings out the finish.
- Using acrylics on smaller pieces might also be easier using a sponge to dab in color. And a foam roller for better coverage on larger areas.
- Try using Unicorn Spit for painting – it gives you a washed/stained look.
Painting Tips from Krystina Engle of Thistle Frills
- Try using Rustoleum Automotive Filler Primer, as it’s one of the best things to cover up those burned edges of laser cutting. (excuse me while I’m off to purchase).
- Krystina tells us that she doesn’t get as much of the burned edges since she has upgraded to a higher-end laser cutter. WHOA! Love that. (She has the Thunder 51/130, by the way).
- Don’t forget to check out your local Lowes or Home Depot for sample sizes of interior paints in a flat and matte finish. You’ll find them on sale often.
What Tips Do You Have?
What are some of our favorite tips for painting for laser cutters? Leave us a comment and share. Let’s help our community!