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Best core for HDU hanging sign?

Discussion in 'Hand Made Signs' started by Handmadesignmaker, May 16, 2013.

  1. Handmadesignmaker

    Handmadesignmaker New Member

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    Does anyone have advice on a 1/4"-1/2" core for an outdoor hanging sign. I want to glue up two pieces of Duna Board HDU with something sandwiched in between to provide strength and rigidity. Must have good cutting properties so that I can band saw and sand a custom shape out of the glued up parts. Must take chromatic primer/paint and hold up outdoors. I've worked with Extira in the past and I like it but I have to drive 2hrs to get it. My supplier carries Scooter Board by Woodcraft and I'm considering that. Any advice is appreciated. I just joined today, glad this forum is here. Thanks!
     
  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    I would create an aluminum or steel inner framework
     
  3. Handmadesignmaker

    Handmadesignmaker New Member

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    Thanks. I need to be able to cut and sand it in a wood shop. I've seen that PVC sheets are best for this, but I don't want to deal with cutting and sanding pvc.
     
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  5. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    Extira? Didn't have good luck with it myself. Wouldn't use scotterboard, no strength and real susceptible to water damage.

    Since you want to use something that will work in a "wood shop" and you apparently know how to seal and finish things well (as Extira requires) I would use MDO.
     
  6. Handmadesignmaker

    Handmadesignmaker New Member

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    I made letters out of Extira. I primed them with Chromatic high build primer and I painted the letters with 1-Shot lettering enamels. The letters are attached to the side of a bus that drives around everyday. They have been out in the elements for 9 months now, driving around and they've held up great through an extremely wet winter.
     
  7. Moze

    Moze Precision Sign Services

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    I would say to go to Nine Mile and get an order of Soon Come and a Red Stripe and worry about the sign another day. :smile:

    Welcome to the site.
     
  8. Handmadesignmaker

    Handmadesignmaker New Member

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    Ahhh! Nine Mile is so good! How do you know Asheville? I guess you lived here or visited. Thanks.
     
  9. Handmadesignmaker

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    Scooter Board

    Thanks Bill. Good to know the scooter board is not an option.
     
  10. Moze

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    Have some family out that direction. Nine Mile has some great food!
     
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