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"Natural" looking sign substrate - but NOT wood

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by amerigrafix, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. amerigrafix

    amerigrafix New Member

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    Any ideas for about 200 signs I need to replace? They do not want to use wood again, but do want to keep the "natural" look of them. I will be having to use all of the existing sign posts, and most of the new signs will have to be installed on top of the existing signs. (first time posting, so I hope I did this right!!!) Thanks - Stacy
     
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  2. Pat Whatley

    Pat Whatley Major Contributor

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    What size?
     
  3. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    with the little info provided, I'd say routed HDU
     
  4. Billct2

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    HDU Sandblasted with a grain frame
     
  5. amerigrafix

    amerigrafix New Member

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    sign sizes are all over the place - from small 12" x 36" directional to 4' x 8' sizes... I do not have a way to work with the HDU - and i know my customer would scream when he saw those prices!! I was just hoping someone out there would have an idea... I have been stressing for well over a week on it and can not come up with any ideas.... BTW: these signs will be installed in the New Mexico heat and sand will be blowing on them constantly....
     
  6. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    show us what you mean by 'natural'
     
  7. john1

    john1 Guest

    At a expo a few months ago there was a PVC material that came with grain in it like wood, If you stain it it looked EXACTLY like grained wood.

    Forget the exact PVC it was though. It was about 1/2" thick though.
     
  8. TXFB.INS

    TXFB.INS Very Active Member

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    not knowing the "look"

    use some form of ACP, would stick to a premium grade (dibond) and then digitally print this "natural surface" put a good UV lamination on it.
    going to be budget friendly.
     
  9. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

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    Use aluminum with a wood background vinyl then apply your wording
     
  10. threeputt

    threeputt Very Active Member

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    Stacy, the attached file shows an idea that may work for you.

    The idea here is to print the text over a background that has a nice natural look to it. These were for my own golf Club.

    Since you state that the new signs are to go right over top of the existing signs, you'll have the additional "thickness" that should make these signs look dimensional.

    In reality they are only 1/8" thick PolyMetal with a digital print and over-lam on them. Very, very cost effective and they'll look great.

    There are some great woodgrain background .tifs out there. (mine are from Plotter Art's Seamless Texture Tiles by Fred.

    They're great and we use them all the time.
     

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  11. Gino

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    Have however many dibond sheets flatbed printed, sent to you and then you apply the necessary vinyl graphics and cut them to your specific sizes.
     
  12. amerigrafix

    amerigrafix New Member

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    Ok guys by natural he simply means to NOT use white aluminum or the like....I have done tons of signs for him in the past and this new project just needed something a little more organic looking. But thanks for all the input - I do appreciate it...
     
  13. amerigrafix

    amerigrafix New Member

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    Thanks - I will show him this today - I appreciate the time you took to show me your signs!!
     
  14. Moze

    Moze Very Active Member

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    Woodgrain vinyl on your choice of ACM...?
     
  15. DSC

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    I just had a customer come in with a tool she saw at home depot.. She specified her finish and saved herself some $$ because I would not have to carve the grain .. It works great for Faux painted wood grain!! Just get a base color and a grain color.. go to town.. use any outdoor substrate that is ready to paint or properly prepped for outdoor
    here is the link

    http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs...=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053#.UIBWqYW6RhE

    It is the one on the left with the half circles -
     
  16. J Hill Designs

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    martha stewart coming through in a pinch!
     
  17. CanuckSigns

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  18. cpot25

    cpot25 New Member

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    Why not just use a digital print?
     
  19. I Branding

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    why don't you try Falcon Boards?
     
  20. Billct2

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    since this is 4 years old and they haven't posted since we will probably never know what they ended up doing....
     
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