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Hi everyone,

I had a couple questions about making and applying signs to put on the sides of wooden buildings. I think I have images and resizing them etc figured out, but was wondering.....

when you want to put a sign on a wooden building and you want it to appear as though it was painted directly on the building, what is the simplest process to use? Is it as simple as printing the image on semi transparent paper? Or some special decal paper that sticks to the side? Never done this before but sure would like to learn how....

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Mark-print the signs on clear decal paper (Micro Scale, etc) and apply it just like any other decal. Use plenty of Decal Set, etc. to make it snuggle down into the grain and it will look like it was painted on. Some old signs were painted on sheets of tin and then nailed to the building. I might apply the decal to a piece of thin styrene and then attach that. Does this answer your question?

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Sure does Woodie, thanks! Some that you see look so unbelievably real that I wasn't sure if there was one more common approach or several different ways. Also wasn't sure if folks used decal paper or if there was other special papers...but clear decal paper it is, thanks!



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Mark-when you make the decal, be sure to cut it out as close to the printed edge as possible and be sure to use lots of setting solution. You might test all this on something first to get the technique down before doing the final modeling. Good luck, this works...I know.

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I'll definately try it out on something not so important first Woodie, I'm usually a bit clumsy first time around!



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Another way to put the signs on to brick buildings is to print the sign onto paper. Then carefully sand the back of the sign (paper) until the paper is quite thin. Once you are satisfied that you have it thin enough apply white glue to the brick and very gently rub the sign into the glue at the same time getting it into the mortar. Once dry give it a spray of dull coat and it should look like it has been there for years.
Just one more way to skin the cat.
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Thanks Rod!
I'll be honest, I haven't got brave enough just yet to try a brick building, I've just never been good at all on weathering anything, especially brick but I'm getting braver every day :-) I'll definately file that tip away though and will use it some day hopefully sooner rather than later...



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Not to discredit Woodie my experience with home made inkjet decals the lighter colors like yellow do not show up when applied to a model when printed on clear decal film the colors are to opaque my suggestion is to combine both methods print your signage on white decal film this will give the same results as printing on paper then use it in the same manner as the paper method If you want to age and weather the decal scuff with steel wool or a kitchen greenie pad after it is applied After the decal is made you will have to seal the inks with a clear coat before use I hope this helps and dont be afraid to contact me if you need more information Paul

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I'll definately be trying both ways guys...and looking forward to trying different things. I'm getting braver and braver with this stuff! Hopefully within a week or so you guys will know if I'm successful because if so I'll post a few pics... Thanks!

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The Coca-Cola sign on the side of this building was done with the sanded paper method



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