I have a plain wooden box (soft wood) that I would like to paint swirl. Does anyone know if the box has to be sealed in any way before swirling?,,,,Thanks. 

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Hi SM, an interesting idea.My understanding of this technique is that the guitar (solid body) is dipped into a solution that carries the paint droplets.

With a hollow wooden box that would mean sealing off soundhole/s and other cavities. And I wonder how glue joints will stand up the the dunking in a fluid.

Anyway if you find a way around the above, to answer your question...... As with any paint job prep is the key, the better surface being painted the better the final finish. For crisp finish I would seal the timber.

I would also test on a scrap piece of similar softwood.
Good luck, let us know the outcome.
Taff

You’ll wanna Prime it beforehand if you’re marbling the whole thing? But, if you’re doing a partial section or sections, then you’ll need to Prime & Paint first? Good luck, Hope this helps :)

Hi as Brian Q, says Marbling would be a better option for the effect you are looking for on a wooden box. But still I would seal the timber, cos' when timber gets wet it raises the grain and could spoil the effect, maybe, I haven't tried it.

Taff

if its a pressed card box i wouldnt do it but if its definitely wood then go for it.

TKOR hydro dipped a violin. honestly the box wont be in the water for very long then make sure the water is poured out and hung to dry..

Thanks,Guys.

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