If you are new to laser engraving, there is a good chance that you will be up against a learning curve and may wonder about how to finish laser-engraved wood. Though there is no one size fits all answer when it comes to creating laser-engraved wood products, there are some tried and true methods that you may wish to experiment with when honing your skills.
At Aeon Laser Canada, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the support they need to use their CO2 laser engravers with confidence. We know that learning how to seal laser-engraved wood can feel a bit confusing when you are just starting out. In this post, we outline some of the ways in which you can finish laser engraved wood projects. Consider trying out different methods and techniques to discover which finishing method provides you with your desired results.
See our posts, Get Creative with Laser Engraving on Wood and What is The Best Wood for Laser Engraving, for additional tips on getting started with laser engraving on wood.
How to Treat Wood After Laser Engraving
Once you have completed laser engraving on wood, you may be wondering what comes next. When it comes to finishing laser engraved wood projects, your desired finished result, as well as the intended use of the product, will determine what comes next. Home items that are used indoors, such as cutting boards, may benefit from being wiped with mineral oil, while outdoor signs should be protected from the elements with a varnish. Staining of wood can also be done to help you achieve your desired results.
Keep in mind that staining can be done either before or after engraving. Whichever method you choose may come down to personal preference. See our post, What You Should Know About Wood Staining and Laser Engraving, for more information about stained wood and laser engraving projects.
Do All Laser Engraved Wood Projects Need Sealing?
Although there are some instances where applying additional products can improve the finished result of your wood project, sealing or finishing is not always required. In some cases, simply brushing off residue is enough to achieve your desired results. If you like how your product looks and have no functional concerns, leaving your laser engraved wood projects as-is is perfectly fine.
Getting the hang of laser engraving wood can take time, and it is perfectly normal to try our different techniques to achieve your desired results. Our post, How to Create a Darker Effect with Laser Engraving, offers some insight into how to achieve the look you desire for your projects. Try our tips when looking to find ways to improve your laser engraving skills.
When getting started with laser engraving, having experts who know the ins and outs of laser engraving on your side goes a long way. At Aeon Laser Canada, we are dedicated to providing you with a superior customer service experience. Contact us today and see why we are your top choice when looking to upgrade from your entry-level laser engraving machine.