Graphics are 20 lb. Precision Board HDU then textured before finishing with Matthews Acrylic Polyurethane paint. The background is .125 aluminum sheet glued to a welded aluminum frame. Joel Lunsford, Lunsford Signs, Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado
Two-inch 20 lb. Precision Board HDU laminated to an aluminum composite background, all finished with Matthews Acrylic Polyurethane paint. Joel Lunsford, Lunsford Signs, Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado
Graphics, panel and post wraps are all PVC board finished with Matthews Acrylic Polyurethane paint. The interior framework is square tubular aluminum by Mike and Jay Szczoczarz, Countryside Signs, Seekonk, Massachusetts. “We paint the faces and edges of the letters but leave the backs unfinished,” says Mike. “We cut a mask slightly smaller than the letters and apply that to the background, then finish the background and remove the mask. That leaves bare PVC on the background for us to bond the letters using PVC cement, and also serves as a guide to position the letters.”
Handlettered with 1 Shot enamel on glass by Dave Correll, Brushwork, Faribault, Minnesota
Nova Color Acrylic Paint on an aluminum composite panel. Dave Correll, Brushwork, Faribault, Minnesota
“I put a thin coat of paint on the paint grip steel panel,” says Redgie Adams, Adams Sign Co., North Little Rock, Arkansas. “Then I poured a little muriatic acid on it and, wearing rubber gloves, used a wire brush and a Scotchbrite pad to scrape through to the raw steel in a few places and cause rust. I dried it off, then did another coat of paint and repeated the acid work. Once I had the funky old look I wanted, I finished it with matte Matthew Acrylic Polyurethane Clear.”
Faces and cabinet are PVC board and the sides are wrapped with .040 aluminum sheet, then finished with Matthews Acrylic Polyurethane paint. Mike and Jay Szczoczarz, Countryside Signs, Seekonk, Massachusetts.
Handlettered with 1 Shot enamel on showcard by Dave Correll, Brushwork, Faribault, Minnesota
Graphics and background are Sign•Foam 4 HDU primed with HDU primer and finished with PPG Automotive Paint’s basecoat/ clearcoat system. Trees were finished with 1 Shot Lettering Enamel. The zipline is an actual cable. Bill Conrad, Conrad Signs, Geneva, Ohio

Professional finishes deliver value

Using quality paints saves the customer money—and gives you a great sales feature

By SignCraft Magazine

Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2020

Source list: Paints and finishes

1Shot Paints: Lettering and bulletin enamels, background finishes, specialty finishes
www.1shot.com

Akzo Nobel: Base coat/clear coat paint system and single-stage finishes
www.signfinishes.com

Alpha 6: Lettering enamel
www.alpha6.bigcartel.com

Alsa Corp.: Candy airbrush colors, Spray Chrome and specialty finishes
www.alsacorp.com

Axalta Coating Systems: Hot Hues, Standox, Nason, Cromax and Spies Hecker finishes
www.axalta.us

Coastal Enterprises: Primers, hard coat and texture finishes for HDU board
www.precisionboard.com

Createx Colors: Airbrush colors for all applications
www.createxcolors.com

Design Brilliance: Axalta Hot Hues urethane paints
www.designbrilliance.net

HAR Adhesive Technologies: Jay Cooke’s All Purpose Sign Primer
www.haradhesive.com

House of Kolor: Urethane paints for pinstriping, plus specialty finishes and clears
www.houseofkolor.com

Matthews Paint: Base/clear coat paint system and single component sign finishes
www.matthewspaint.com

Modern Masters: Specialty and patina finishes
www.modernmasters.com

Nova Color Paints: Artists’ acrylic paints for graphics and murals
www.novacolorpaint.com

Sign Arts Products Corp.: Primer for HDU board
www.signfoam.com

Sign Life Products: Stains for wood signs
419-524-7446

Sculpt Nouveau: Textured and specialty finishes
www.sculptnouveau.com

Sherwin Williams Co: Base coat/clear coat paint system and single-stage finishes
www.sherwin-automotive.com/sign-manufacturers/

T.J.Ronan Paint Corp: Lettering and bulletin enamels, waterborne and specialty finishes
www.ronanpaints.com

Triangle Coatings: Sophisticated Finishes metallic finishes
www.modernoptions.com

Vivilon Coatings: Clear coating to restore faded paint and protect against graffiti
On Facebook as Vivilon Coatings
When made with quality materials, a sign can last for well over five years— which, according to the Small Business Administration, is longer than most new small businesses last. Their data says that just over 50 percent of small businesses don’t make it to their fifth birthday.

The only secret is using products designed to go the distance—whether it is the substrate, print media, vinyl or paint. Durable products cost only slightly more but add considerable value for the customer in the long run.

That simple fact is an important selling feature for the sign maker. Choosing the right finishes for the job ensures that your work looks as good as possible for as long as possible—making your signs an even better value for your customers.

When you can point out signs in your portfolio that have been up for years and years and still look good, it puts the price of the sign in perspective. All of a sudden, you can show how their $500 sign will cost them just $100 per year—and will still be looking great.

There are highly durable, professional finishes available for every surface. There are also plenty of special effects finishes to choose from, including textures, patina finishes, and gold and silver leaf.

Of course the finish doesn’t have to look new and shiny. Finishes with the look of rust have special appeal lately.

“Rusty signs are one of my favorite types of signs to make,” says Redgie Adams, Adams Signs, North Little Rock, Arkansas. “I’m thankful to have customers that like that look, too.”


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