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How to Put Vinyl On Painted Wood Signs (So It Actually Sticks)

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This is more of a tip than it is a tutorial and it's a pretty easy one. I've been making some painted wood plaques and instead of stenciling the names and personalization on, I've actually been using vinyl.  I like how crisp and professional looking it looks.   If you're going for a more rustic look, vinyl's not going to do it so get your paint and sand paper out...but in those cases when you want fresh and crisp this is a really easy way to get the look.  I'm sure there are other ways to do this - but this is what I do and it works for me...


The first thing I do is paint the wood.  For this project I was working with unfinished pine plaques that were ready for paint, but if you need to sand down first - do that before you paint. You want a nice smooth finish.

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I used craft paint and ended up adding a second coat after the first dried. That's just personal preference.

Vinyl, painted, wood, sign, Silhouette tutorial

The next step is the important one: paint a thin coat of polycrylic over the paint and let it dry.  I use a foam brush so I don't get brush marks from a paint brush.  The poly gives the vinyl something to stick to.

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Once the poly is dry, you're ready to add the vinyl.  And that's it. Wam, bam, thank you ma'am.

Just a reminder, you don't want to put anything over the vinyl as it could cause it to curl or crack as we saw here. Yikes!

Vinyl, painted, wood, sign, Silhouette tutorial

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