Val K
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Asked on Jun 22, 2013

How do you highlite indented words?

Debbie StanleyKaren Young153091
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I have a wooden crate. It has machine stamped lettering on it. I would like to find a way to highlite
the depressed letters so that they can be read. Any ideas?
Stamped by machine. Lettering is depressed #1
Stamped by machine. Lettering is depressed #1
Another side with lettering depressed into the wood #2
Another side with lettering depressed into the wood #2
picture of box #3
picture of box #3
16 answers
  • Donna N
    on Jun 22, 2013

    Maybe if you put a dark stain just into the lettering and a lighter stain over it and the rest of the box?? Not sure if it would work, just a suggestion...

  • LandlightS
    on Jun 22, 2013

    Try a fine tip magic marker......and then cover with any shade stain you like. Gary

  • Lori J
    on Jun 22, 2013

    Sounds like a job for a steady hand and a Sharpie marker to me.

  • Val K
    on Jun 22, 2013

    Sure wish I had the steady hand Lori, I have always colored outside the lines so I'm reluctant to try that But I might have to resort to it..

  • Cynthia
    on Jun 23, 2013

    Maybe a dry brush technique would bring it out.

  • Trish Curtis
    on Jun 23, 2013

    If you are repainting the whole peice you could paint the color you want the lettering to b You don't have to be super careful. then come back with the color you want the rest of the box to b and either with a brayer roller or a very short napped roller with it being very lightly load (meaning kind of drybrushing with the roller and apply as many coats as needed to achieve the color intensity you want) and with a soft touch go ahead and paint right over the letters It should work super. It works especially well with deeper grooves but works with not so deep grooves with a very very light touch. Hope this helps. I use this technique often.

  • Linda T
    on Jun 23, 2013

    Just a guess, but I would colour a little white grout with acrylic paint and slide it across the words with a plastic putty knife. Clean excess with a float.

  • Val K
    on Jun 23, 2013

    Trish, this sounds like it might work.

  • Sarah Bloom Kinser
    on Jun 24, 2013

    if just staining.. a dark stain wiped over lettering.. excess wiped off immediately. lighter stain to finish.. or burnt umber paint watered down will settle into lettering.. and will not fill in. give it a quick wipe of excess and clear stain.

  • Sarah Bloom Kinser
    on Jun 24, 2013

    if you want to paint. paint desired color with out leaving excess paint in dented areas. wipe with burnt umber paint and it will settle into lettering.. wipe of excess and clear coat... burnt umber is nice dark brown color that looks aged.

  • 153091
    on Jun 24, 2013

    Before I tried stain I would try Brown or Black shoe polish...the kind with the sponge in the end. Go over the words with wet sponge end and wipe excess away...easier to remove.. I use liquid gold to wipe most of my old boxes.

  • Ann Allen
    on Jun 25, 2013

    Having something turn out like that lettering, which I would love, takes work and will be well worth it in the end.

  • Angela
    on Jun 25, 2013

    I like the shoe polish idea :)

  • 153091
    on Jun 25, 2013

    Thanks Angela...it works!!!

  • Karen Young
    on Jun 26, 2013

    dark wax like they use on furniture refinishing

  • Debbie Stanley
    on Jul 3, 2013

    My husband carves canes and one of the ways he has made some of the detail work stand out is to carefully place masking tape over the lettering and stain the rest of the wood with as many coats as you want. Then before putting the polyurethane on it just remove the tape apply the gloss. This always lets the natural beauty of the wood show as well as making the lettering pop. Really does turn out beautifully. Good luck with what ever you decide to do.

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