So it’s not a Cast Metal Plaque!




If it looks authentic more people will notice and appreciate it.

We are replacing an old sign that was made with plywood by another sign shop several years ago. The church did a name change and was ready to have the sign changed. It only seamed fit with the architecture of the church to have a sign that looked like it was a cast metal sign and something far superior to the old rotting plywood sign.

This sign is made with High Density Urethane (HDU). We setup all the artwork in our 3D Design Software. The sign was machined and then we finished by priming and hand painting the sign. We did some glazing in the background color on the sign. We also added an exterior clear varnish to add extra protection to the finish. We made changeable panels for the pastor and service times.


Awesome Faux Wood Sign!


Faux Wood Sign

Faux Wood SignYou are looking at a sign we made that looks like wood but it’s actually HDU (High Density Urethane). We created a the wood grain pattern using Corel Draw and Vectric Aspire for this sign. The sign is hand painted.

080 lowresAfter we did our design work we machined the background of the sign on our AXYZ CNC. This process took several hours. The background was made in two pieces that we seamed together.

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After putting the background together we then had to prime the entire sign to get it ready for paint.

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We then began our painting magic. This process used several different colors and glazing techniques that are suitable for exterior sign use. We wrote a blog about some of the paint techniques.

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In our wood grain texture we even added knots in the wood for more detail. We wanted it to be realistic!

HDU LettersAfter completing the background of the sign we began making the letters. They were made from HDU and all hand painted. During the painting process we did a mild age glaze to the letters to match the age of the background. The picture above shows the raw HDU letter testing alignment before we painted them.

SONY DSCThe finished sign turn our great! The client was very pleased. We also had several thumbs up and comments from people driving and walking by as we where installing the sign.

The irony of this sign is the client wanted it to look like an old wood sign, like it was found in a warehouse or barn. Since we made the sign from HDU it will outlast any wood sign. You probably wouldn’t be fortunate enough to find an old wood sign that is in, well, new condition and will last with you logo on it.

Realistic wood grain signIt was a fun project. I am always excited about sign projects that are different from the norm. Please visit our friends at The Barrel House when the open!








Wow! We now make faux finished brick in our shop!


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We are now producing faux finished brick in our shop! This is very exciting and expands out capabilities to produce a more unique sign for you!.


We can make columns and other brick elements for the signs we produce.

There are plenty of benefits of faux brink but the biggest  is the cost. It is much cheaper than hiring a mason and buying brick. It is also much cheaper on the installation. Real brick requires a full footer and this can be costly, our faux brick columns are simply a post wrap and can be installed with post-holes.

We strive to continue to learn new ways to set our sign work apart from the other sign shops and learning this technique can allow us to make you stand out!


Working some Paint Magic on Background of Sign


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We are in the paint stages of this project and working on the background of this sign. Our goal is realistic wood. Our next goal is to make the overall background darker and more aged.

The painting process starts with a coat of high build primer on the HDU.  This step alone on a sign this size can take about one hour when applied by hand. The next day we can do a base coat of paint to use to build our wood effect with. Now is when the fun starts and we work our paint magic to make the grain really come to life. Get the brushes out, turn the music on, and make it happen.

Tomorrow we will add the next color into the grain  effect of the sign. We will also start priming the letter we made for the sign.


Finished Detail Carving on the Background – Project: The Barrel House


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After several hours of machining we carved out the background texture of the sign.

Now we need to bond the two sections together and get it primed and ready for paint.

We will also have to get the art finalized and sent out for the custom letters we are making for this sign.

Prepping the 3D art – Project: The Barrel House


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We are preparing our 3D artwork to send to the CNC for Carving. The software we use can generate a 3D rendering and also allows you to spin it to view it from any angle and zoom in to the details.

The artwork for this sign has several details that will make it truly unique. They are wanting a sign that looks like it’s a 100 year old wood sign. We designed a wood grain pattern and even included knots in the wood. This will be fun to see carve out.

We are working on the final artwork to send out to the CNC and should have the sign started on the carving process. We will keep you posted on this sign, will be a unique one!


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Monumental Sign Decision – Monument Signs



Monument Sign: A sign that sits directly on the ground

If you want your business or organization noticed make the monumental decision to go with a monument sign.

A monument sign shows that a business/organization is well established and secure enough to have such a sign.  Most people who look at these signs think they are solid concrete, rock and brick signs with expensive price tags and it takes a business/organization with a secure future to invest in one, little do they know that these signs are often more affordable than they look. A larger percentage of the monument signs your see are faux monument signs. They are not rock, brick, and concrete.

The Pioneer sign pictured above is all faux, even the bricks. You need to drive up and touch them to know they are not real!

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A faux monument style sign can save you thousands of dollars alone on just the footer/foundation and install compared to a concrete, rock and brick sign. Since they are not concrete and rock they are not heavy they do not require a poured concrete footer. They only require post and post holes for installing. We typically can install a monument sign in only a few hours.

Can you believe that the Pioneer sign above was only around 150 lbs?  Each section on the Belton Stroup sign was around 100 lbs. When you drive up to them you would swear they would weigh several tons. The Belton Stroup sign is installed with only three posts in all the columns. Can you imagine how much a solid footer would have cost alone if this sign was a real concrete sign, probably as much as the finished project cost doing the sign as a faux monument sign.

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The specialist that make our faux monuments can match brick and rock patterns if any exist on the architecture of a building where a sign is going. This adds to the illusion of the sign being real brick and rock since they match what is currently on site. The Concord sign , around 150 lbs, faux bricks closely matching bricks on school building. The Valley Regional is a hybrid sign combining a faux monument and an electrical cabinet sign. The bricks were matched to their building.

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The faux monument signs can be equipped with reader boards and LED displays.


If you are planning a new sign for your business or organization think about making it monumental!

Quint Creative Signs can make this happen for you. We can custom design a monument or use a stock designed monument for your project.

All signs pictured in this posts are faux monument signs. None of them contain real rock, concrete, mortar or bricks. They all have simple installation on posts, even the LED sign is mounted on posts.

Yard Sign Sale Extended – 10 full color yard signs only $115


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We are extending our April Yard Sign Sale to the end of May.

With so many people taking advantage of this great deal we decided to extend it!

10 Full Color Yard Signs, 18″x24″ 2-sided with stakes only $115

Depending on the time you order, 24 hr production after artwork approval.

Price does not include Setup.

Here is the link to the original sale