Sign Care

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If you are trying to decide which finish to choose for your wood sign, please read the following:

At Calico Wood Signs we offer a choice of two sign finishes: interior and exterior.

For wood signs that will be hung indoors, interior finish is the best choice.  
The front and edges of your sign will be finished with two or three coats of high-gloss lacquer, so that it is shiny and protected.  There is no charge for this service.

For wood signs that will be outdoors, exposed to direct or indirect sunlight and weather, we recommend exterior finish. 
 The face and edges of your sign will be finished with a minimum three coats of a semi-gloss Urethane sealer specifically made for outdoor use.  This will protect your sign from the cracking and drying effects of exposure to heat and sunlight and seal out moisture.  Pricing for this service begins at $10 depending on the size of the sign and will add 1-2 days to the processing time before a sign is ready to ship.

If you have already purchased your wood sign and would like to better protect it from sun and weather, please read the following:

To weather-treat your wood sign yourself we recommend using Helmsman© brand (or your favorite) Spar Urethane aerosol spray can.  Apply 3 good coats front and back, allowing at least 2 hours to dry between coats, following the manufacturer's instructions.  Repeat every 6 months or as needed for long-lasting shine and protection.

Carver's Tips:

1) Clean your sign and let it fully dry before applying any new finish.  Wipe with wet rag and let dry.  Lightly sand the surface with fine 220 grit sandpaper, by hand, going with the grain, until smooth.  Wipe clean with a dry rag.

2) Spray the back and the edges of the wood sign on the first day.  Let dry 24 hours then repeat the process on the front of the wood sign.

3) One last thing you can almost never spray too much on the side edges of the wood sign.  This is where the sign was cut to length and where it is most vulnerable.  So please feel free to over do it in this area.

We hope you found this short article helpful.  If you need further assistance for anything at all, we would be glad to help.  Contact Us