Introduction: Making a Painted Sign.

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I decided to make a painted metal sign for a friend, based on an image I found on the web.

Step 1: Pick Out an Image.

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This apparently a sign from the restroom in a restaurant somewhere in Israel. I have no idea where it is, or who took the picture. But it's neat.

Step 2: Pick a Substrate.

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I used this nice metal coffee sign I picked up at the craft store. Anything flat and signlike should suffice.

Step 3: Prep and Paint the Background.

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I did a little sanding to even out the surface, then threw on a few coats of primer, let it dry, sanded it smooth, put on another coat of primer, let it dry, and then hit it with a few nice coats of gloss white.

Step 4: Make the Masks.

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I did this the hard way since I was hoping to have a professional sign shop do the work. I imported the image into Canvas, autotraced it, then tweaked it until I had a line-art of the sign. If you're going to do the do-it-yourself route that I eventually took, it would probably be just as easy to print out a few copies of the image in the appropriate size. Here I have taped the image for the black parts of the sign to a piece of cardboard.

Step 5: Cut the Mask.

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I covered the image with some translucent low tack see-trough adhesive paper, then traced the image out with a sharp knife.

Step 6: Stick the Mask Onto the Sign and Paint.

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Here's the mask all cut out and then adhered to the sign. I then sprayed on the black, let it dry a bit, removed the mask, and then repeated the process for the red layer.

Step 7: Voila

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Peel off the final layer of masking and let it dry.


El Zagna (author)2009-09-17

Where did you find that see thru adhesive paper?

radiorental (author)2006-05-06

very cool, if you're working on larger signs you can use spray tack with ordinary paper, like so

k-673 (author)radiorental2008-10-12

witch is pretty much hair spray

Handsome-Ryan (author)2007-10-31

very cool. I've been wanting to add some bling to a pair of bicycle panniers I made. This has inspired me to find something awesome to paint.

pisaacson (author)2007-04-17

How do you paint the design on with the stencil or the actual part you cut out

camscam (author)2006-08-17

Translation: "No whiping and sticking your feet in mens butts in our bathroom"

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