After a long journey! Two (double sided) color-core signs installed!

Thanks to everyone for the help through initial troubleshooting, @bar @Gero @Keith @madgrizzle @dlang @mrfugu

After a number of trials, a hardware replacement, installation of new ring system, design iterations, depths of cuts, and ultimately material options, I opted for a color-core product that I purchased online in a 4x8 sheet for about $200.

It’s a neat material, with a 1/10th inch blue surface on both sides, with a white 1/2 inch base beneath. This allowed me to do a two sided cut to .12 inch depth in a single pass with a 1/8 inch bit for little details which was then mounted in treated lumber. It should provide years of durable weatherproof directions to our site!

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Congratulation! Amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Very cool, I did not know this existed.

I didn’t know it did either! It was hard to bite the bullet, and certainly had me nervous, with very little room for error, but it turned out crisp and beautiful.

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Also, YIKES! Price today is $463/sheet. Maybe I just got lucky!

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I like how you can get it gift wrapped. Yes, please. :slight_smile:

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best to buy from local plastic place in low quantities like piedmontplastics.com

if you are a sign shop, best to buy it by the pallet load from china
http://sdxxhg.com/en/Product.asp?ClassID=7&title=HDPE sheet

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A low budget guy like me could be stupid enough to try and spray paint a sheet before engraving.
Expected result is tear-out and sled scratches on the paint.
A paint layer and a clear hard finish perhaps?

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My concern was water getting into the interior cuts and ultimately damaging the sign from the inside out.

I thought about it! If the price tag had been at $400+ when I purchased last week, I would have spent a little more time thinking creatively!

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That is BEAUTIFUL!

I’ve seen that material used for small things like name tags for doors, but I wasn’t aware you could get full sheets of it. Great work.

It’s really cool to see the complete sign that we say partial pictures of before. Beautiful work.

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paint things, and then cover it all with a layer of painter’s tape (the blue
stuff), that will avoid scratches, and will even help with tear-out a bit.

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Wondering out loud…

Paint the surface, then roll on a couple layers of white glue. Wash the glue off after with warm water.

No, I haven’t tried it.

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I tried the blue-tape method and it just created a mess… some wrapped around the router bit, other bits tore off and then got bound up under the sled… a real mess.

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Good to know. I always had this in my back pocket to try. I’ll be more cautious of I do.

Wow and I got that machine at home. 2 do theses wonderful things I’m amazed Everytime somebody post something I can’t wait for my day to share great job @Arichards

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Thanks!

Ha. Don’t think for a minute I didn’t entertain every one of these options! I may give some of the others (glue, epoxy, paint) a shot at a later point for future projects, but as my event deadline was approaching, I bit the bullet and went for a sure shot. Should last outside for a very long time.

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Take a look at this post regarding the journey I went through… might provide some useful data points for you.

https://forums.maslowcnc.com/t/two-tone-painting-with-masking-tape

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@Arichards

Well done! I think you made a great choice. Keep sharing your works please.

Thank you

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Very nice!

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