How To Make Sandblasted SignsI am going to tell you how you can make a sandblasted sign. The onlynecessary tools you need are: bass wood, or red wood, rubber masking, sprayglue, exacto knife, sand paper, paint (which most of these items you can find atyour local hardware store). Also you need to know someone in your community whohas a sandblasting machine to sandblast your sign. You will also need a designfor your board. (It can be your name, or a symbol of what ever you want it tobe NIKE, STARTER, etc.)Now that you know what you need, you can proceed on your sign. Firstthing you need to do is to get some bass or red wood. Cut the boards to theexact size you want by using a band saw or hand saw. Also, use the followingmethods such as gluing, planing, and squaring the boards to the exact length youwant your sign to be. Once you have squared your board with the square, yoursign will be even on each side. The next step will be to apply the rubbermasking to your board.
Now you are ready to put your design on the rubber masking. Apply thespray glue to the rubber masking. Once you have sprayed the glue (in a wellventilated area) to the masking you should wait for about 2 minutes for theadhesive to dry, and begin to cut out your design you have chosen. This is avery time consuming task so it is best to take your time.
This is the time to start cutting on your masking. It is best to leaveabout one half of an inch around the outside edge of the board. Use your exactoknife to cut the masking. Make sure to center your design and that it issuitably sized to your board. It is important not to make the cuts too smallor the sand will tear the rubber masking off.
You need to find someone in the community that does sandblasting. Thiscould be at a monument engraving service near by. They use a special sand thatis very fine to cut the wood. Sandblasters also use an air compressor to shootthe air and sand out at a high rate of speed. This process will cost between$2-$5 and the time to complete is approximately two days.
Once you get the sign back from the sandblasting service, you are ready tostart painting the board. At this time you have the option to paint thebackground. (note: do not take off the rubber masking yet!) For painting theboard all you will need is an aerosol spray can of paint that can be a color ofyour choice. After the paint on the background has dried you need to verycarefully pull off the rubber masking that remains on the wood. Next you needto sand down the board with sand paper, preferably 220 grit. This will get offall the extra adhesive that was leftover by the rubber masking. This will leavea refined surface on your board, so you can paint. To complete your projectpurchase any craft paint of your color preference. It may be necessary to applymany different coats of paint on the sign to make it look the best you can.
As you can see it is not difficult to make a sandblasted sign. It takesdetermination and little will power. Once your project is completed you willhave a sign you are proud of. Since you see sandblasted signs everywhere, suchas in restaurants and golf courses, perhaps you will choose a career in makingsigns. I hope this paper has given you inspiration to complete a sandblastingproject.