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    Posted by Steve Broughton on September 2, 2002 at 7:37 pm

    Spoke to Mike earlier today about sandblasted signs and I mentioned Paul Rafferty had made me one for my house, this was after he had visited and shown me his samples, my wife then mentioned that she had been waiting for me to make one for 3 years 😳 cheers PAUL (!) (!) 😛
    The sign is made from 18mm exterior MDF then painted and gilded.


    Henry Barker replied 21 years, 9 months ago 8 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Martin Pearson

    September 4, 2002 at 9:51 pm

    Its a really good looking house sign Steve, I’m guessing the guy specialises in these. Does he have a range of standard signs and what sort of price are they?

  • Mike Brown

    September 4, 2002 at 10:19 pm

    I like that! – a lot!

    After tens of thousands of vinyl signs you just yearn for something that isn’t flat – and I don’t mean vinyl with bubbles and grit under it either! 😎

    Love those textures – makes ya’ wanna run your finger over it on screen 😕

    thanks for that Steve (and to Paul too!) – I can go to my bed and dream now!

    more soon


  • Paul Davenport

    September 4, 2002 at 11:54 pm

    Loverly…….another version on this is to use a vaneered MDF as it cuts the grain into the board as well, would be interesting to know how he achived the stipple effect on the background

    altogether very nice……..

  • Robert Lambie

    September 5, 2002 at 12:29 am

    thumbs up from me! love it 😀

  • Steve Broughton

    September 5, 2002 at 8:38 am

    Paul, to get a wood grain effect in non wood substrates I have seen a thing called a “Grain Frame” which is available from the US which is a metal frame with wires stretched across much like piano wire and resembles a big egg slicer which is then blasted through to get a wood grain effect.
    Martin, I think Paul only does 3 or 4 basic shapes and then obviously the text and graphics are unique to each customers requirements, haven’t a clue on price you’ll have to talk to him on that, call me and I’ll give you his number.

  • jsco59

    September 6, 2002 at 1:37 am

    What a great sign! That background is really nice. The “Grain Frame” is made in Delavan, Wisconsin… just down the road (45 miles). I’ve heard of a lot of other blasters that have tried to create one, but I also hear that the home made versions don’t work or hold up as well. The other thing is that many use metal rod instead of stainless steel as in the GF. The metal that is blasted into the face of the sign could have a chance of rusting at some point in the future. This could stain the surface of your project.

  • cheryl

    September 6, 2002 at 2:04 am

    Nice Job! 😀

  • Henry Barker

    October 26, 2002 at 8:47 am

    First real chance I have had to look at some old posts since joining here, great work!

    I blasted some mdf for interior work a long time ago, several years back and got a similar effect with my little blaster pot. The set up had to work hard to cut into the medex and so you got this crater effect, my large system I have today you can vary so much.

    The Grain-Fraim maybe really well made over engineered as most US products but I thought at $500 for a frame with loads of wires going over it, I could make my own, and I did, and using conventional garden wire, if they break or get malformed it all adds to a more interesting and less uniform pattern in the background. I have found all signs I have seen with the Grain-Fraim look abit too mechanical, abit like some routed stuff….just just me though.

    Great job though, and would be really interested to know more about life expectancy of Ext. MDF outside.

    Have heard some horror stories in the US, but signmakers in the UK seem to love it, I guess its all down to rounded edges and good paint preparation.

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