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Double Sided Post & Panel Sign

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by superdj23, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. superdj23

    superdj23 Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Lawrenceville, GA
    Looking for something that is going to last at a rural farm. The sign will be 4' x 6' and slide into slotted 4" x 4" posts. The sign will have a routed shape. I am looking at possibly using 1/2" thick Luster Board or Nu Alum, but I am concerned that the wood edges will start to pose a problem. Would sealing the edges with 3M edge sealer be the way to go, or is there another product that would be a better edge sealer for this application. If it was just a rectangular shape, I would probably use edge cap. I thought about using 6mm Dibond material, but am concerned that it will not do well in the wind without any horizontal supports. Any advice?
  2. Moze

    Moze Precision Sign Services

    Feb 27, 2012
    Dallas, TX
    You could get a sheet of 5'x12' 6mm ACM, cut it in half, adhere the two halves with the thin VHB tape and/or silicone, and cut it to shape. That would give you almost a ½" of material which would eliminate the need for any stiffeners/supports.
  3. k.a.s.

    k.a.s. Very Active Member

    Aug 8, 2003
    NE ohio
    Lusterboard doesn't hold up any better than MDO does, both show a lot of wear within 3-4 years. I would use 6mm Max metal and do two single sided signs mounted to braces between the posts. Or you can work the design so the posts are behind the sign, and mount to that. It is sturdy and gives a thicker look to the sign.

  4. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

    Oct 19, 2009
  5. TyrantDesigner

    TyrantDesigner Art! Hot and fresh.

    Mar 9, 2011
    Amarillo, TX
    "going to last" is hard to offer for exterior signs without knowing details. What is the weather like? ... year round? is it going to be in the open, or shaded from weathering elements? fauna and flora near by? how about trees? how long is "going to last" ... 3 years? 5 years? 10 years? that ephemeral 'forever'? and by "going to last" do you want the basic sign to live, while there is yearly upkeep to stay fresh like just about ANY sign (painted, printed, or carved) and lastly, how are the 4x4's going in the ground, are they going to be pressure treated? and how high up is the sign going to be?
  6. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    Jun 7, 2006
    You're asking a simple question which has a simple answer...... what's your budget ??

    With the right substrates, paint, vinyl, sealing, prepping and so many other things, you can easily make a wooden sign last near 20 years.... even today. Aluminum composite, not so much. It will chalk out within a few years and start to turn grey from any kind of weather. It won't rot, like wood, but if you do things correctly, the wooden sign will take a beating for years with very little maintenance.
  7. Marlene

    Marlene Major Contributor

    Jun 8, 2004
    how much of a budget? you could go with a routed and painted aluminum and aluminum posts. that would hold and live a good long time. redwood or cedar would work too.

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