What’s it cost to produce this 18-by-60-in. flat sign?
This residential sign uses enamel, vinyl and a digital print
By David Showalter
Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
Aluminum composite panel — $40
Digital print $mdash; $50
Paint (primer plus four colors) — $55
Total materials — $145
Design/prep file — 30 min.
Cutout shape — 20 min.
Prime/finish coats — 20 min.
Pattern/pounce — 30 min.
Mix custom paint colors — 15 min.
Hand letter — 35 min.
Paint borders — 30 min.
Cut/apply vinyl — 20 min.
Total time — About 3.5 hours
I often do signs for residences, mostly vacation cottages and lake houses. Folks take pride in these weekend getaways and it’s always fun to produce this type of signage. I always make them extra special by using art, custom shapes and colors.
This sign was for a lake house that the owner named Endless Summer, which is also the name of a flower. They wanted an image of that flower used on the sign. At 18-by-60-in. it’s on the larger side of the range of residential signs.
David Showalter's shop, David Design, is in Bryan, Ohio.