Sign making using
PVPP ( Paint – Vinyl – Paint – Peel)
Today I am going to show you how I painted a distressed farmhouse style sign using the PVPP method. Before we begin, I want to stress that using quality materials will produce a quality product. I have tried several times to stencil a painted board without much success until today! I’m excited for my show and tell on how I created this beautiful sign!
Smooth sanded board
Bristle Paint Brush (Not a sponge)
Glass of water
Design used: VV118-A by Vinyl & Vectors
- Start with a well sanded and clean board. Dust on the board will prevent any stencil material from adhering.
- Whatever color you want your lettering or design will be the first coat of paint on your board. I wanted dark brown lettering, so I used Heirloom Traditions “Espresso” chalk paint. LESS IS MORE when using chalk paint. I used a regular bristle brush dipped lightly in a glass of water and then dipped in the lid of my paint bottle. Tap off the excess paint and with a light hand, “dry brush” your board. I will reiterate that LESS IS MORE when using this paint.
- Cut and weed your design as normal. I used ORAMASK 813 for my vinyl application. I have tried this process with contact paper, Oracal 651, Orcal 631, even Oramask 811 BUT the BEST vinyl film I have used is ORAMASK 813. I literally got NO PAINT BLEEDING. Even when using a rougher pallet board. I also used Clear Choice AT65 transfer tape. It adheres well to the 813 and releases easily without pulling up any paint when transferring the design.
- I also find when applying the vinyl film to boards, that it adheres the best when you burnish (rub hard) in the same direction of the grain in the wood.
- Apply a second VERY THIN layer of paint on top of the vinyl film in the same base color that you started with, in this case the “Espresso Brown“. Let it dry and if you are light handed, it is only a few minutes.
- Next – apply the main color of your board. I used Heirloom Traditions “Irish Cream” chalk paint. Same process, dry bristle brush dipped in a clean glass of water and knock off the excess paint. You only need a little bit and dry brush the paint onto the sign. Let it dry.
- Using a pair of tweezers, gently remove the vinyl film from the board. See NO PAINT BLEEDING!
- You could stop here if you want – but I wanted a distressed Farmhouse style look, so I took a wet rag and in a circular motion “rubbed” the paint off the edges of the sign and throughout the sign here and there. It is all personal preference.
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