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Help I need to make a new sign look old and cracked

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by tdebruin, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. tdebruin

    tdebruin New Member

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    Can anyone tell me how to make a new sign on MDO have a crackle finish that will hold up outdoors on the back of a trailer. I did one with Hide Glue and it looked great but peeled and looks like junk 90 days after making it. I need to paint a logo on it and it has to look old and cracked. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
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  2. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    For a exterior distressed look I prefer to do a faux finish rather than actually using aging techniques. As you found out a lot of those techniques don't hold up outside
     
  3. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

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    print it...
     
  4. fresh

    fresh Very Active Member

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    Are you painting this? If so, i've had really good results painting a few layers and then sanding them down. I haven't tried cracked paint, but that is because when paint is cracked, it starts peeling. i don't want my signs to peel.

    After you've sanded it down a little bit, you can use a stain to darken the wood.

    Good luck!
     
  5. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Welcome from PA................................
     
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    Circleville Signs Very Active Member

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    Sanding, beating with a chain, spot clear coat, etc.
     
  7. Chriswagner92

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    I actually just read an article about this, and did a few during my internship, except they were on actual wood planks. Basically paint the sign the base color, and before it is completely dry apply the vinyl paint mask. then paint the logo going with the strokes of the letters and what not so you could see your brushstrokes, peel the paint mask off before it is dry and then with scraps of vinyl touch the surface and peel up some "Grain". Sand lightly.

    Here is the link:
    http://www.signcraft.com/articles/20110614/How-to-make-a-vintage-Grocery-sign.aspx
     
  8. Supergirl

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    Thanks for sharing that! That IS pretty cool!
     
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