Welcome To Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals

Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals is the LARGEST online community & discussion forum for professional sign-makers and graphic designers.

 


  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Paint for wood substrates

Discussion in 'Materials' started by tylercrum, Nov 16, 2016.

  1. tylercrum

    tylercrum Member

    158
    6
    18
    Dec 23, 2008
    Texas
    We have a CET hybrid printer. We went with straight cmyk, no white. No regrets there 'cause we would never use it. (And if that changes we can always add the white ink later since it's field upgradeable). But, having said that, I'm wanting to produce a sign using some old wood. It's for us internally, and we are using some specific pieces of wood with some sentimental value (so we aren't wanting to ditch the wood and go buy new wood with a white face or anything). It's old 'barn wood' style boards. We are mounting them together and then running them through a planer to get a flat print surface. The final product is going indoors. We don't paint much of anything here generally so I know very little about paint. So my question is, what paint would you recommend I use to paint the face of the wood white so that we can then direct print to it?
     
  2. Pete Moss

    Pete Moss Member

    403
    1
    16
    Dec 31, 2009
    Duluth, MN
    I've done some similar prints. If you can get away with it or if it matches the style you are going for why not utilize the wood grain and leave it unpainted? The results are awesome. Otherwise, I really like exterior Pittsburgh for sing work however that may be an overkill for indoor use. Your printer specs/ salesperson may be able to help also.
     
  3. tylercrum

    tylercrum Member

    158
    6
    18
    Dec 23, 2008
    Texas
    Yeah, I had thought about not painting it white first as well. We're doing a series of signs in our lobby with the multiple different iterations of our franchise logo over the years and we're doing each sign in a different style (1/2" gator, barn wood, aluminum etc etc). I may give the 'not painting' a try as well. I appreciate the info on the Pittsburgh paint. I've never been afraid to overkill anything! haha
     
  4. Pete Moss

    Pete Moss Member

    403
    1
    16
    Dec 31, 2009
    Duluth, MN
    Iwas just looking at a few CET hybrid printers. They look really nice. What kind do you have?
     
  5. tylercrum

    tylercrum Member

    158
    6
    18
    Dec 23, 2008
    Texas
    We have the Q5 126" hybrid. We like it a lot. It's insanely easy to maintain, quick, field upgradeable and pretty amazing quality.
     
  6. ChrisN

    ChrisN Member

    211
    12
    18
    Mar 6, 2014
    Denver, PA
    You could probably paint it with just about any paint if it is interior use. Unless you use some really exotic paint, I doubt you'll have problems with the ink not sticking if that's what you're worried about.
     
  7. tylercrum

    tylercrum Member

    158
    6
    18
    Dec 23, 2008
    Texas
    Yeah, I just only have a certain amount of this particular wood so I wanted to make sure we get it right the first or second try. I have enough wood to mess it up twice and then after that I'm done...whether I got it right or not...
     
  8. eahicks

    eahicks Very Active Member

    1,871
    203
    63
    Apr 17, 2012
    DALLAS, TEXAS
    I would use Ronan. Pick it up at GSG.
     
  9. rossmosh

    rossmosh Member

    422
    54
    28
    Oct 9, 2014
    New Jersey
    Planing and sanding down old barn wood seems kind of counter productive. I have no idea what you're looking to do, but I'd think keeping the wood natural would be best. I'd go ahead and cut a mask and paint just where you want things to "pop" white. Everything else should stay natural. As for paint, the more basic the better. Stay away from the paints where you can wash off crayon or won't mildew. That stuff is full of additives that can make adhesion problematic.
     
  10. TammieH

    TammieH Very Active Member

    1,010
    45
    48
    Nov 28, 2011
    Pacific NW
    You are using old barn siding type wood for sentimental reasons, then you are planing smooth, painting it white, and then covering it with a digital print?
    I would think you would want to design something around the natural wood finish..and hand paint

    ...just my meaningless opinion.
     
  11. hcardwell93

    hcardwell93 Member

    153
    51
    28
    Nov 9, 2015
    Indiana
    Can you find some similar wood at a reclamation store for testing?
     
  12. tylercrum

    tylercrum Member

    158
    6
    18
    Dec 23, 2008
    Texas
    And I'd be all for that if 1) I could hand paint worth a darn and 2) this wood's "natural wood finish" didn't look like complete crap. So yep, we are using old wood, planing it smooth, painting it and then printing on it. It's not my choice to use this particular wood, (and not MY sentimentality...) but there are only a couple folks in this world I just don't argue with and this is one of them!
    Thank you all for the advice, I think we got it handled.
     
Loading...

Share This Page

 


Loading...