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    Plaques, plaques, plaques...

    I hit the auction again, scored on a bunch of sign plaques. They are just mdf core, planning to do some carving and color fill them, probably should order a little sign mask. May try doing some engraved pieces to mount on top of some.

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    Most cases have 12 in each case, about 76 plaques total.
    Darren

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    So, What is sign mask?

    And this is probably hijacking the thread, but is there a way to make a sign out of MDF that would be suitable for outdoor use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    So, What is sign mask?

    And this is probably hijacking the thread, but is there a way to make a sign out of MDF that would be suitable for outdoor use?
    Paint Mask, mask your work and cut through, then paint and peal the mask. Avery A8128 is what was recommended to me.
    http://www.sandwplastics.com/Sign-Su..._43/index.html
    http://averyvinyl.com/A1828-S-WHITE-...ASK-A1828S.htm
    http://www.beacongraphics.com/supplies/paintmask.html

    I just ordered the 15" x 50 yd from Beacon above for $106 (includes shipping).

    For MDF, I'm guessing you'd need to seal it well unless it's a marine grade.
    Darren

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    Well, you sure got a whole lot of them
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    I peeled a some of the paint mask off today. Overall I'm impressed with how well it worked.
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    I did have some peeling of the plaques finish with the mask, so looks like I either need to use a rubber cement idea I read about, or seal the finish with a clear coat before sticking on the paint mask.
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    I'll use the backside and other areas of this plaque for some more testing.
    Darren

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    At least you didn't screw up a really nice 24x24 glueup of Cherry - both sides - faced twice on one side - like I DID.

    I seal with rattle can shellac - 2-3 coats, sand last coat with 220 - let is dry overnight. Never peeled off any of the finish.

    What brand are you using?

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    Brent - MDF will not make it outdoors. There is a product called Extira. It is an exterior grade of MDF. Far more heavy than MDF and about 4-5 times more expensive. I am pretty sure I paid a little over $100 for a 1" thick sheet. It took two people to move it. I could not pick it up, I had to drag it. I made a sign component in 2013 and it still looks like new. I have never used MDF outside before, but I DO believe and listen to the pro signmakers on the 3D Sign Forum. I do have experience with Extira. There is another product called Medex - but contrary to popular belief it is NOT an exterior product. Medex is for interior high moisture environments like bathrooms.
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    This is Extira. This Anchor is 23 inches tall, 23 inches wide and 2 inches thick - made in 2 halves and glues together with Titebond III. I gave it 2-3 coats of Jay Cookes Sign Primer, 2-3 coats of Ben Moore Black exterior latex/acrylic. In this picture it is not finish painted.

    Sorry to hijack, but Brent started it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Voisine View Post
    At least you didn't screw up a really nice 24x24 glueup of Cherry - both sides - faced twice on one side - like I DID.

    I seal with rattle can shellac - 2-3 coats, sand last coat with 220 - let is dry overnight. Never peeled off any of the finish.

    What brand are you using?
    Avery A1828
    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

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