There are many conflicting answers to this on the Internet, but my answer is not to bother me. The permanent vinyl should adhere well to wood treated with a base coat, as long as the project is kept indoors. If you want to try a topcoat, I would allow the vinyl adhesive to dry for 24 to 48 hours before adding a topcoat so that the stickers don't mix and cause the vinyl to peel off. As I said earlier, I have two techniques.
The first steps are absolutely the same, and then we will deviate a little as to how we glue vinyl to wood. You can use adhesive vinyl or HTV for your wood project. Which one you usually use depends on the look you are looking for and the type of wood. HTV will look more like paint once applied with heat, while adhesive vinyl will have a glossier, sticker-like finish.
Adhesive vinyl is usually best applied to wood with a certain texture, unlike raw wood. However, there are some tips and tricks, such as using a hair dryer to help heat the adhesive or work slowly, to help the adhesive stick. If your sign is originally made of raw wood, you'll want to paint it. If it has a rough surface, be sure to sand it the smoother the wood, the better the vinyl will stick.
My best advice is to start with the smoothest piece of wood you can find. Then paint with at least two coats of paint. I used a simple acrylic craft paint in white for my sign. Then let the sign dry, preferably for more than 24 hours so that the paint has time to dry.
Vinyl should be decently glued to unfinished wood, but if you sand it and coat it with paint or a clear coat, it will stick much easier. As you can see, it will have a little harder to stick to unpainted and unpainted wood, but you can make it stick. Like all Cricut Explore Air 2 machines, the Wild Rose package comes with a blue LightGrip cutting mat, a black pen, power and USB cables, a sample project and the getting started manual. Yes, Cricut vinyl adheres to stained wood, but there is one tip that can make your project a little easier.
I was going to focus on bright, modern and happy crafts using my Cricut, amazing digital files and fun printables. So, now the only question is which one is better? We have answered the question of whether Cricut vinyl will stick to wood, but should I use its vinyl adhesive or iron-on version? The answer really depends on you. For over a decade, I've been sharing Cricut tutorials and craft ideas here, as well as on my YouTube channel. However, there are some cases where you are going to want to stick Cricut vinyl to wood, and that's why I'm preparing this post for all of you.