By Jennifer Gibbons
How to Make a Business Sign
Creating a sign is a fundamental way of marketing and advertising your business. Consider these ideas for successful signage.
By Jennifer Gibbons
OverviewThere are several options available for sign making today, but before you create and erect a sign, it is important to know the laws pertaining to signage in your county or city. In most cases, a permit is required to hang a sign. The permit also may have guidelines for the size of the sign face as well as the size of the letters applied to it. Remember to include the cost of a permit in your budget.Step 1Plan for the size and shape of your sign. You will need to decide the orientation, whether the substrate will be vertical or horizontal. Plan your lettering accordingly.Step 2Prepare your substrate by painting it if desired. Clean the substrate with an alcohol-based cleaner. Ready your substrate for lettering by drawing guidelines to ensure proper placement of letters.Step 3Apply the lettering to your sign. If you are painting, you can either letter freehand using your guidelines to keep things straight, or you can use a projector to trace the letters onto your substrate. Another option is to obtain vinyl lettering from a local sign retailer such as a home improvement store. You can order your lettering in the desired size and color. This option requires a squeegee or a flat tool that will help reduce air bubbles. If in doubt about how to apply lettering, ask the store clerk for a quick tutorial.Step 4Your sign is almost complete. In this step you’ll want to clean the sign and ready it for hanging. You may also wish to apply a decorative border. Drill any necessary holes or apply hinges to your duplicate signs if constructing a sandwich board.Step 5Hang your sign in the designated area or set up your sandwich board according to the local ordinances.skill3ingredientA blank sign (known as a substrate)
Vinyl lettering, or paint for a hand-painted sign
Hardware for hanging the sign or a post to insert in the ground
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