Making a Painted Sign.




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

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Step 1: Pick Out an Image.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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    6 Discussions

    El Zagna

    10 years ago on Step 5

    Where did you find that see thru adhesive paper?


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    12 years ago on Introduction

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


    13 years ago

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