The Best Way to Spray Paint Wood Letters

Updated April 17, 2017

Wooden letters make an attractive accessory. They can add interest to a wall, shelf, nursery or bedroom. They can be the focal point of a room when they are large and hung in a prominent place. Wooden letters are easy on the budget and lightweight. With a can of spray paint, wooden letters can be personalised to reflect your sense of style. Decorative wooden letters can be a charming gift to share with a friend or loved one.

Place a dust sheet on the floor to protect it from the spray paint. Work in a well-ventilated area away from flames or sparks.

Check for rough uneven areas or edges on the wooden letters. Sand these areas with light-grit sandpaper. Remove sanding dust with a tack cloth.

Apply wood primer to the letters with a paint brush. Allow the primer to dry as recommended by the manufacturer. If the primer looks streaky or uneven, apply a second coat. Allow to dry once again.

Sand rough areas on the letters with light-grit sandpaper. Once again, remove dust with tack cloth.

Hold the can of spray paint about 8 to 12 inches from the wooden letter. Start at the top of the wooden letter and work your way down. Spray in an even manner so the surface of the letter is covered with paint. Keep the spray can moving so that paint doesn’t collect in one area and create blotches. Allow the spray paint to dry as stated on the directions on the back of the can. Apply another layer of spray paint using the same technique.

Consider embellishing the wooden letters with a design such as dots, squiggles or zigzags. Other design choices include flowers, ivy, musical notes or stripes.

Use stencils and acrylic paint to paint the design you have chosen. Start painting with light shades of paint first because if you make a mistake it's easier to paint over light colours than to paint over dark colours. Allow the paint to dry to the touch.

Draw focus to these designs by outlining them with a thin-tip dark permanent marker such as black or blue.

Apply a clear, spray-on wood varnish to protect your letters. Allow to dry for several hours.

Use heavy-duty double-stick tape to secure your decorative letters to the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Dust sheet
  • Light-grit sandpaper
  • Wood primer
  • Paint brushes
  • Tack cloth
  • Spray paint
  • Acrylic paint
  • Stencils
  • Permanent marker
  • Wood varnish
  • Double-stick tape
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