Sign Builder Illustrated March 2018

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Feature Name HDU By TAI Author FRELIGH


here’s something nostalgic about a wood sign. So it really should not be surprising that people want to have signs that appear to be made out of wood but without the drawbacks—rotting, warping, or deteriorating. Brian Quinter of Quint Creative Signs ( in Piqua, Ohio has created hundreds of fauxwood grain textured signs from Precision Board HDU so it’s become almost second nature. His shop has even given them names for it—“Basic Wood


Sign Builder Illustrated

March 2018

Grain Texture” and “Super Realistic Wood Grain.” Quint Creative Signs creates one-ofa-kind signs that will help set any type of business or organization apart from others. I talked to Brian about some of his recent projects and the tips and tricks he uses for making faux-wood signs from HDU blanks. Quinter first started making faux wood signs seven years ago that looked like sandblasted wood signs. That changed when a job came to him about four years ago for The Barrel House, a

beer house in Dayton, Ohio. The Barrel House owners wanted something that looked like an old sign that may have been found in a barn with deep wood grain and a natural wood finish. That was when Quinter started making his Super Realistic Wood Grain textured signs. That Traditional Fake Wood Look To achieve their Super Realistic Wood Grain, Quinter uses Vectric Aspire. He creates 3D components from two different bitmaps of wood grain.

All Photos: Quint Creative Signs.


The art of making fauxwood from HDU.

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