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wondering about the process... burned sign panel? distressed and painted?

Discussion in 'Hand Made Signs' started by nolanola, Jul 24, 2019.

  1. nolanola

    nolanola Member

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    Hey Forum,
    We recently had a request to match the design of a sign (pic attached) -- not the text/graphics, just the panel.

    The panel looks like it has either been distressed, routed, stained, and painted
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    I have heard about a process where wood can be treated with a chemical and then torched/charred as a way of preserving? Could that be what was done here?

    Does anyone know anything about that process or can confirm that is has been distressed/routed/stained/painted?

    Thank you for the help!
     

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  2. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    Cool sign! I saw this technique being used on a show about building off the grid
     
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  3. Andy D

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    That's what I was thinking, but his pic looks like it had been coated with something thick and then charred heavily.
     
  4. Billct2

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    You're right, like it was painted then charred, but I think there would be a risk of that layer peeling off.
     
  5. Stacey K

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    It does look charred but are the words routed? Almost looks like they are just painted on.

    My process...distress, stain, paint with exterior paint, sand the edges then seal with exterior sealer. It's probably less time consuming for a similar look. I don't router my letters, I use stencil mask, paint and lightly sand them before sealing it. I've made hundreds of signs this way, the process works well and could be more budget friendly.
     
  6. Gino

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    There's no way to know for sure, unless the person who made that is here to tell us.

    This appears to be wood from some kinda roof or flooring which had some thick sheeting on it and it was either intentionally burned or in a building fire. The stuff was removed from the premises and someone said, that would look neat, if we could make it into a sign. I would imagine the other side is all nice and clean so they could joint the wood and create a good surface for mounting. The face side was probably scraped and all the loose stuff removed and then clearcoated the living daylights out of it and then either hand carved or CNC'ed.

    Had a guy years ago brought me a whole buncha wood he wanted me to use for a sandblasted sign. It was the walls from a pig sty and he thought it would be great to use this 100 year old wood over again. Problem is, while it was still in tack, it was warped like crazy, no grains matched whatsoever and nothing was true. Til we would've planed it and made it somewhat usable for a sign, it would've looked like new wood, but still bent all to heck and not stay together all that well. We went with redwood, like all the other signs we used to do. I have no idea of what became of his pig wood.​
     
  7. DesireeM

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    Google "Shou Sugi Ban". It's a Japanese process of burning wood planks to use for cladding or decoration and might be what was used on that sign. Some places sell pre-burned panels.
     
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  9. Johnny Best

    Johnny Best Very Active Member

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    that looks like pallet wood with an dark gray oil stain on it. Just get a quart of black oil base and a small amount of white and thin with mineral spirts and brush on about two coats after first coat dries.
     
  10. nolanola

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    Thanks for the feedback! This is all very helpful.
     
  11. CharlieA

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    Looks like railroad ties to me.
     
  12. Gino

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    Did you ever try to pick up a railroad tie ?? I didn't think so. Besides, they are way too small to be that, but even if they were, that setup would never support that kinda weight.
     
  13. Andy D

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    So they want you to provide the paneling only, no copy at all?
    Or do you mean the panel with different art?
    If with art...I would burn the wood apply a pattern and hand route the best I could, paint and seal.
     
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