How to paint an outdoor sign

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How to paint an outdoor sign
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Advertising a product or service is one of the most important ways to gain customers. The signs you use must be attractive in order to entice customers. You can order custom-made signs, but they tend to be expensive. Making your own sign can be just as effective and much cheaper.

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Things you need

  • Sign board
  • Primer or sealer
  • Brushes
  • Carbon paper
  • Enamel or exterior acrylic paint
  • Varnish or glaze

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  1. 1

    Cover your sign board with a primer or sealer. A primer will help hide any old designs already on the sign, and a sealer will increase your sign’s longevity, particularly if it is made of a porous material. Allow it to dry.

  2. 2

    Trace your sign design onto your sign surface by placing carbon paper over the sign, then placing your design onto the carbon paper and tracing it with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Paint your sign design with enamel or exterior acrylic paint. Give it time to dry.

  4. 4

    Apply a varnish or glaze over your work to protect it from sun and precipitation or to give it a glossy appearance.

Tips and warnings

  • Read the manufacturer’s labels on the paints and finishes, as they give the best information on getting the material to last longer.

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