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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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I am coming to you with a few questions that seem to baffle me.
I am trying to paint a sign for a friend of mine. The size of the board is 4'x8' which I bought from Home Depot. This will be an outdoors sign and I need to protect it from mother nature.
I already applied two coats of primer and I will also add two more coats of white latex paint as the background color. The artwork will be done with latex paint as well.
My concerns are such. Are all these layers enough to protect my board from rain and snow? Also, do I need to add a finishing layer of "something" over the finished product to protect the finished work? I want to make sure that the paint won't peel off. Can anyone help me with these few questions?
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Fist off hello I'm Stan from Vero Beach, Florida. I carve and rout wood sighns for outdoors, what type of wood did you use?? for paint I would have used enamel paint.
walmart sells the brush on with 100 diffrent colors in there craft section. for the sealer I use clear enamel in the spray can. about 4 coats will do the trick, but the wood selection is very important for the first step. I use westen ceader its a soft wood, and oak for a hardwood. Hope this helps, If I can help you any way at all you can get me here (message me) or im on facebook @stan lee richardson
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Welcome to the forum.

Thank you for joining us, Timis.

Did you use a 4x8 sheet of ply? A 4x8 board from Home Depot?

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Like Stan says, use enamel, not latex. You don't want latex exposed to the elements.
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Like Stan says, use enamel, not latex. You don't want latex exposed to the elements.
Many professional sign painters use latex/acrylic paints for their exterior signs. The 'Walldogs' just completed some wall murals in Arcola, IL using Nova Colors. Mural link Murals.

The old chalky latex paints of yesteryear have vastly improved.

Good luck with your sign. How about some pics when you are done?
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I would definitely put a clear-coat finish on the completed sign.
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Many professional sign painters use latex/acrylic paints for their exterior signs. The 'Walldogs' just completed some wall murals in Arcola, IL using Nova Colors. Mural link Murals.

The old chalky latex paints of yesteryear have vastly improved.

Good luck with your sign. How about some pics when you are done?

Sorry, forgot about the clear coat.

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Sorry, forgot about the clear coat.
How many people paint their homes with acrylic/latex paint and don't put a clear sealer on? A good primer and two good finish coats will be more than sufficient, given a GOOD latex paint and primer is used.
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How many people paint their homes with acrylic/latex paint and don't put a clear sealer on? A good primer and two good finish coats will be more than sufficient, given a GOOD latex paint and primer is used.
Yep, latex housepaint is better than enamel housepaint nowadays. AND cleans up with water.

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