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Routed Wood Sign

Discussion in 'Hand Made Signs' started by CSC10, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. CSC10

    CSC10 New Member

    Mar 30, 2010
    I had a quick question about painting a routed (CNC) Cedar sign. Is it possible to use a spray gun to paint the copy (all one color)? We have been hand painting signs for 30 years & the general consensus in our shop is that this is still the best way. The problem is that we have 18 hours into painting 20 square feet of letters & we are not done yet. People just don't want to pay for it.

    Has anyone had any luck spraying the copy? Is hand painting still the way to go?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

    Sep 24, 2004
    roll on before routing?
  3. petrosgraphics

    petrosgraphics Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    cape cod, ma
    we have had success finishing the sign completely, cutting shape, routing edge...
    apply gerbermask to the board and carve the sign.... prime the letters as you would, finish
    coat the letters and remove the gerbermask slowly... it does have a little ridge around the letters from the build up of paint, but it works pretty well.. great for caved signs with a lot of small text..... still prefer to hand letter.... try a sample, see what you think....
  4. jdoug5170

    jdoug5170 Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    I used to route the letters, then spray paint the letters, not worrying about overspray...just ran the entire sign through the wide belt and knocked off the overspray.

    If the texture of the board was rough and the customer wanted it that way, I would cover entire board with a paint mask, route, then spray. Remove the mask just before the paint is completely dry.

  5. digitalwoodshop

    digitalwoodshop Member

    Apr 9, 2008
    Was watching a DIY show this weekend and they were talking about painting on a tape line on a kitchen wall....

    There is a TRICK and I tried it today and darn it worked GREAT....

    The Trick and this apply to covering the board with Gerber Mask or something similar... Apply a light and careful brush strokes from the tape to the wall or in our case the carved out letters... The trick is to seal the paint line with a thin coat of paint then SLOP it in the text..... A slight wait to let the thin coat dry and you are GOLDEN....