How To Polyurethane Pictures On Wood

If you are looking to seal pictures onto wood with polyurethane then you came to the right place.  In this article we will walk you through the entire process of how to polyurethane pictures on wood.

how to use polyurethane for pictures on wood

Polyurethane is a great material to use for a wide variety of different projects as

 it works well with multiple different materials.  Polyurethane is known for providing you a tough and durable finish that can fight off outdoor elements as well as heat. While using polyurethane on pictures and wood you can rest assured that you are protected against the elements but the only thing to be aware of is that if not done correctly your picture will be left with a yellowed appearance.  To make sure this doesn’t happen it can be beneficial to slow dry the polyurethane instead of speeding up the drying process with a hairdryer.

A Complete Guide On How To Polyurethane Pictures On Wood

It is important that you utilize a clean workstation in order to provide your project with a safe atmosphere which will give you the best possible result.

Step 1

We recommend that you work in a clean and dry workstation as well as lay down a piece of cloth to protect the workstation.

Step 2

Polyurethane has a unique smell that can be harmful if there isn’t proper ventilation, so we highly recommend that your workstation is an open air area.  If you are working in your garage we recommend that you open the door or windows if possible to protect yourself as much as possible.

Step 3

Line your picture up exactly where you would like it to appear on the wood.  This part is incredibly important because it will be difficult to move the picture around once the polyurethane is set.

Step 4

Use a large paintbrush to spread the polyurethane equally across the entire picture.  It is important that it is spread equally without any clumps or bubbles on the picture.  We also recommend that you spread the polyurethane past just the picture by a few inches to allow the material the most room to take hold.  We have seen that some woodworkers will spread the polyurethane across the entire piece of wood and not just where the picture is.

Step 5

Give it time to dry.  It is important that you give the polyurethane enough time to properly dry all the way.  If you don’t give it enough time to dry then the polyurethane won’t give you as complete of a protection.

Step 6

After the first layer has completely dried, you can begin to add another layer to the picture.  After each layer that you add it is important to give it enough time to completely dry. We recommend that you put a maximum of 5 layers depending on the size of the picture.

How To Transfer Photos To Wood

Now that you have a better understanding of how to polyurethane pictures on wood, let’s talk about other strategies on how to transfer photos to wood. The entire process of transfering photos to wood is a simple process but it will take some concentration and effort to get a good result. You can transfer photos with polyurethane, or you can utilize a more traditional method to transfer photos to wood.

The more traditional method involve using a dry ink printer to print a photo and then painting a medium across the wood. This process can be difficult to get perfect but is also easy to do even if you are a beginner in woodworking.

How To Polyurethane Pictures On Wood FAQS

Below are a few of the most common questions we receive about how to transfer photos to wood:

How To Use Polyurethane Safely?

Polyurethane can be a dangerous substance to use if you aren’t prepared. The smell of polyurethane can be dangerous if your workshop isn’t open. We highly recommend wearing a mask when using polyurethane and open any doors or windows you have in your workshop to have an open flow of air.

To Transfer A Photo On Wood Do I Need A Professional Printer?

If you are transferring a photo onto wood it is important to have a high quality printer as this will make your photo higher quality. It is possible to use a standard office printer but the quality of the photo will vary depending on the type of printer you are using.

After you have created your new project you can find the best place to show off your new art piece.  We hope that our guide on how to polyurethane pictures on wood was beneficial for you. You can learn more about woodworking by reading out most recent articles on our Home Page.

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