It is hard to believe that it was almost ten years ago I witnessed a CNC router in action for the very first time. I was fascinated and simply had to have one! Although I had been in the creative end of the three dimensional sign business for most of my life I didn't really know what I would do with one of these machines - but I just knew it could do fantastic stuff.

Along with the CNC router I discovered the wonderful material called Precision Board and the glues, primers and other companion products they offer. Since then we have gone through many tons of the material using it in most signs and projects we tackle. This journal will chronicle our many adventures both past, present and future. I'll talk from the perspective of someone who pushes these products to the creative limit on a daily basis. I'll be adding to the stories two or three times each week. -dan

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Coat after coat

The Back Forest sign is now into the paint stage... and it is getting coat after coat of paint. The first was the primer coat. This went on thickly with a small brush to introduce just a little more texture. The primer texture evened things out nicely. This was followed by two coats of off white, but this color was far from the final. A slightly darker warm white was next and it was lightly toweled off. The sign looked pretty good at this point, but this was but a starting point for the sign needed to be fairly dark for the white and gold leaf lettering to stand out from the background.

A brighter orangish-yellow was next to provide some bright highlights after the dark glazes were put on. The sign looked pretty garish at this stage but I knew not to mind as the sign would tone down as we proceeded.

A slightly purply brown was the next glaze to be applied... not my favorite color by a long shot, but it was what was needed for the colors to follow. 

The fans are now on the piece once more - as they have been for the last twenty four hours. Tomorrow I'll be applying the last of the glazes and then we are on to final touches.