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How to make GHOST SIGNS
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 Posted: Mon Jan 5th, 2015 10:53 pm
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Thanks Herb for posting those pics.  I've never used Scotch #465, but it is on my 'buy' list.   Evidently it must be super thin because your shingles and signs look great.

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The original pics I posted were from an extremely weathered building. I use the same technique for 'newer' painted signs.  The main thing to remember is to try to crease the sign in the clapboard lines, which makes it look more realistic. Certain colors show better crease marks.   Ellen's Place is supposed to be a 'newer' painted sign on an older, weathered building.
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Just to say thanks for a very helpful thread, i have learnt a great deal.

Thank you for sharing

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Something else I wanted to mention is the "length" of the sign.  Ghost signs look more realistic if they run the entire length or width of the building.  Here's one I did on the entire front of a Fish Market.
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Really nice work !



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Thanks George.




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I agree-

Nice little scene


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Someone asked me how I put painted 'ghost signs' on brick, so here goes:

#1 Photograph the flat side of your 'finished' brick building where the sign will be placed.
#3 Take this photo into CorelDraw, Photoshop, or which ever graphics program you use.
#4 Use the 'text' tool to create your wording.
#5 Measure 1 brick on the actual building.
#6 In your graphics program, re-size the photo until the bricks are the same size as the actual bricks on your building.
#7 Print your graphic.
#8 Use fine grit sandpaper to weather it.
#9 Use watered down white glue to place your graphic on the bricks. Be sure to line up the mortar lines.
#10 While wet, make a few tears in the paper so the bricks in the building show through.
#11 After drying over night, use fine grit sandpaper for further weathering.

Tip:  One of the most difficult parts of the process is MATCHING the printed brick color to your actual brick color on the building, which may take some trial and error printing.  It's not an exact science, but neither are old painted buildings. 

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Just to add my thanks for the thread.

Until I read the advice, I had no idea how to proceed but now have the confidence to tackle the task.

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Tim,  You're welcome, and I look forward to seeing your ghost signs.

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