I am currently making an outdoor name and address sign, from Cypress, for my daughters new house. I will be routing out the numbers and letters and painting them black. The wood will be stained and then covered with spar varnish. I was planning to paint everything first but I am not sure if that is the best way to go. Would it be better to stain first and them paint the insides of the letters and numbers, or would painting first work better? I will be using an oil based paint, so it should cover well either way. I was just thinking that cleaning up any mistakes with the paint would be easier if everything were coated with the varnish first.