I want to paint up some pieces/ornaments that I have cut from pine board.
I would like them to be specific colours, yellows, turquoise , blues etc. So I'm trying to figure out what best to use. They will be indoor pieces and probably handled.
I have tried cans or spray paint but I'm not getting the right result, and I would prefer to stay away from aerosol - as I have to paint these outside.
Should I look at the Cuprinol outdoor wood paint? Something else?
Any help would be great
Not sure what kind of finish is on your pieces but you could try and coat the wood in a few layers of epoxy resin first then paint it if you haven't tried already.
Wood is kind of a porous material so it tends to drink the paint. If you coat it in epoxy first that will stop it from soaking up the paint and will allow it to dry on the surface. Note that as the wood is less porous you should use a lighter coat of paint as it will not dry fully if the coat of paint is too heavy, it's best to do light layers of paint and build them up with sufficient drying time in between.
Once the paint is dry you can then coat it again in epoxy resin to lock the colour in between the two layers. This will protect the paint layer and stop it from getting damaged from handling etc.
This will give it more of a glossy finish as apposed to a matt finish, whether or not this is desirable in your situation I'm not sure but I thought you should be aware of this. If the gloss look is desirable, you can add more coats of epoxy to further increase the effect, once dry you can even polish the epoxy coat on a buffing wheel with polishing compounds for further effect.
If you like the finish, chalk paints are a good option, Annie Sloan is the big-name brand and you can find a list of irish stockists on their website
I think the key is preparation. Many many coats of undercoat with some gentle sanding in between so there's a good base for the top coat.