Avoid Fading On Your Outdoor Signs

Save Your SignsOutdoor signs are often vulnerable to fading thanks to sun, rain and general outdoor environmental conditions. Prevent your outdoor signs from fading and keep their message alive and visible to all passersby with these handy tips for preparation and maintenance.

There are a wide variety of uses for public space signs from advertising and visitor information to pure decoration and experience enhancements. Signage is used in a range of environments both commercial and domestic, indoors and outdoors, portable and permanently fixed in place. There are professional signage companies who design and manufacture a range of expertly made signs which are often specially treated to ensure they do not fade over time, but that doesn’t mean that maintenance should be ignored by those who have signs installed on their property.

Firstly, remember to choose the right sort of material for your signage. This will depend on where the sign will be placed – and by that we don’t just mean indoors or outdoors. Take all aspects of the location into account including your regional weather, humidity and sunshine, and the levels of exposure to the elements of the individual spot where the sign will be placed. Signs put up with a lot once they are installed – everything from weather and pollution to graffiti, wild animals and even target practice! Options can include wood (treated and untreated) recycled plastic, various metals, laminates and even stone.

If you’re making your own wooden or timber signs then make sure you use a wood preserver before you prime and paint the surfaces. This ensures a good bond between the wood and paint which means it will last longer. Finish the signs with a sealant to protect against fading, cracking and peeling.

For metal and laminate signs, buy a special paint designed to be used outside on the material in question. Different paints have different properties which helps them to bond better and last longer on specific types of materials.

Try to place signs in shady areas where possible as this will minimise their fading due to UV rays from sunlight. Make sure your signs are fully sealed to protect against everyday moisture and humidity, and place them carefully to ensure they don’t have liquids constantly dropping onto them – avoid things like tree sap, water from dripping gutters or external splash from fountains.

If your sign is a temporary installation or mobile display it can even be worth bringing it indoors during the harsher winter months to prevent cold from cracking the sealant and damaging the design underneath. It is also worth keeping a small amount of your original paint and sealant around in the garage or a storage area so you can do periodic touch ups and recoats as needed without spoiling the original finish.

For a wide range of outdoor signage solutions both commercial and domestic, complete with an expert manufacturing and installation service that is designed to ensure your signage will last fade-free for many years to come, visit www.fwdp.co.uk today. 

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