What kind of paint do I use to refresh the silver lettering on a headstone?


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Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

I would use automotive paint like acrylic lacquer or acrylic enamel and then put some urethane clear over it. It'll last for a long time.

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Lynn Blakeman answered
If the paint on the headstone is looking shabby and needs refreshing, I would honestly use the services of a professional.

I recently watched someone doing this in a graveyard. It requires the greatest precision, especially as you are doing it at a strange angle. Consider headstones when they are new, I am betting they do the lettering with the stone face down, it's a whole different story now that the stone is erected.

You may be the best artist in the world, and if so, good luck to you and I'm sure it will look great. However, if you are anything less than a professional, or have the slightest unsteady hand, a professional will surely cost a good amount, but the end result will be worthy of the person it represents.

If you do go for this method, call around several stonemasons and get the best price. There's no point in paying above the odds as long as you know they can do the job in a timely and professional manner.

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