My FH and I are planning to make wooden signs this weekend! One is for the seating chart, one is a directional sign for the ceremony, and the last piece will be our guest book. I really need help!!! For those that have made pieces like these, can you tell me what kind of stain and sealer you used and explain the process! I’ve used stain before but I’m wondering if I should stain it, put my sticky letters down, then seal it or seal it then put the letters down. FH doesn’t even think we need to seal it. And I know you can’t use certain sealers with certain stain (oil based vs water??). Do we stain, have people sign the guest book, then seal? Help!
I've made wood signs and I've never sealed them, but they also haven't been for long term outdoor use. What kind of lettering are you using? Adhesive letters from craft stores probably aren't the best for something that you want to keep forever like your guestbook. For temporary items that don't need to last long, I'm sure they'll be fine.
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We did a lot of testing to see what we wanted and got all the wood! Didn’t end up finishing the signs though. For our guest book which will be signed, we’re putting down polyurethane first so the permanent marker doesn’t bleed into the wood, then after all signatures, we’ll put more over it to seal it. We’re using an oil based poly on this to give it more color. The oil based poly will need sanded after each layer I believe and takes much longer to dry than water based. For the seating chart, we’re using a stain and a water based polyurethane. Water based seals just as well but won’t have so many issues with bubbling and will dry faster.