I had issues when painting toppers or other catvings. I could not like the way the paint went on it never realy looked good to me. I have become a big fan of the painting system Lynn Doughty demonstrates on his site, http://outwestwoodcarving.blogspot.com/ . On the upper s right side of the home page click on Out West Videos. At the bottom of the next page you will see small numbered squares go to # 35 "Carving a Cowboy bust" watch Parts #9 and #10. He explains and demonstrates his painting system for his bass wood carvings. I like its versatility and the end results. if you like it practice on some scrap to see if it will work for you. I have used it on other woods dose not work as well on more opem grain woods. Just sharing, this may not be for you.