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Signs (and ghost signs)
« on: January 16, 2020, 05:53:03 PM »
After some advice. Looking at recreating "ghost signs" on buildings. Not looking particularly as in older signs, but looking as in more modern signage, for example on TMDs when they've swapped owner ship from the former BR to post privatisation owners, there'd be almost a "tide mark" that shows the original paint colour of the building. Was wondering if anybody could help with how go about achieving this. Thanks.


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Re: Signs (and ghost signs)
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2020, 06:00:54 PM »
Never seen modern versions modelled @hatter3127, however I'm not a fountain of knowledge!!!!

Ive never tried or even know how difficult it could be but I'd have a go by.. .....

Trialling printing onto waterslide paper. IF we were trying to replicate the Staples building I would

Paint my building a toned down red, print my text onto waterslide paper using a brighter red BUT with a blurred outline, hopefully the colour variation in the blurring would self weather the edges if the text.

Apply to building, matt varnish and weather the building going lightly round the edges of your decal.

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Never done anything like it so cant say for sure it would work or even look remotely realistic

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Re: Signs (and ghost signs)
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2020, 07:05:58 PM »
See I thought about going about it the other way, which is to print the sign as such, weather down the building, then remove the sign. Itís just how to make it sun bleached as such that bothers me.

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Re: Signs (and ghost signs)
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2020, 07:13:23 PM »
Practice practice practice.

Like I say I dont know if my suggestion would even work let alone look realistic.

I worry if you fix the sign and then weather down it's how well the sign can be removed without damaging your weathered building?

You airbrushing the building or brush painting???
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Re: Signs (and ghost signs)
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2020, 07:13:29 PM »
See I thought about going about it the other way, which is to print the sign as such, weather down the building, then remove the sign.

That could be a very novel approach.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Signs (and ghost signs)
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2020, 06:42:12 AM »
Practice practice practice.
Like I say I dont know if my suggestion would even work let alone look realistic.
I worry if you fix the sign and then weather down it's how well the sign can be removed without damaging your weathered building?

Tackywax might do the trick - provided the edges are held down adequately to avoid too much paint flowing underneath.
A little bit of underflow might work OK anyway, I doubt that many signs have a waterproof seal between them and the wall so some dirt streaks could be realistic

 

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