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How to make GHOST SIGNS
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 Posted: Sun Dec 21st, 2014 10:38 pm
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Ghost Signs can certainly add that aged look to a wooden building.  I have found that running the sign completely from one side of the building to the other is more realistic because the 2 edges of the paper blend in with the side molding.

After creating the sign in an art program, I print it out on regular printer paper.    After printing, I use medium grade sand paper and carefully sand the back first.  I sand in one continuous motion (left to right, ) and repeat until I see the print on the other side.  Then I sand on the front in the same motion, which is from left to right until the paper is thin, but not tearing.

Next,  I use Elmer's School Glue putting a thin, smooth compete layer on the back.  I also slightly wet with water the building sign area.  Carefully put the sign in place, then lightly tap it in place. This is the tricky part because if you try to slide it/move it, it will tear.  Make sure when you place it, it is exactly where you want it.

After tapping in place, I let it dry for 5 minutes or so, then I use a wooden popcycle stick to gently follow the clapboard lines.

Below is a wooden HO scale FEED MILL I built.  I used the above technique for the large sign on the side of the building and for the checkerboard.

Thanks for reading,
D.A.









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That looks terrific D.A.:apl:



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fab effect will give it a try

Dennis :apl::apl::apl::apl:

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That turned out nice!



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Used that same idea, except that I used Scotch brand ''transfer tape'' #465 to stick it on.

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=2049&forum_id=6

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Thats a real winner.

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Thanks for the compliments everybody.

Herb, I followed your link, and am I understanding you only used double sided tape and no glue?

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Looks like the building and sign have aged together. Very well done.
Rod.

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Thats correct, DA. That Scotch #465 is wonderful stuff. Stick it down, remove the second backing and all that's left is a very thin film of tenacious adhesive.

I used it to attach the shingles on to the roof of this bridge






And also to stick the ''roll roofing''down on this barn



Credit where it's due---I heard about the stuff from Dave D---back in days of yore

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Yeah that 465 is awesome stuff!!

So are those Bridges and barn Herbie!

I really like that little covered job.:thumb:



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