There’s a million and one products that will help you learn how to distress a painted sign. And I think I’ve probably tried 2/3 of them. I like a bit of distressing here and there, but I don’t want to go crazy. Just a dab will do me. So my version of distressing may not fit in with someone else’s, and I’m cool with that. But this is how I do it. Want to see how easy it is?
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How to Distress a Painted Sign
Start with your painted sign. I made this one from a door I found at a second hand store. This method works best on a sign that is painted with flat paint (but will work with any kind.)
Once the sign has been painted and has dried thoroughly (at least 3 days), then lightly sand the edges with a palm sander.
Next work a bit of dark wax into a soft cloth, I like to get it super worked in so that it doesn’t get gloopy on the sign before I’ve had a chance to coat the entire thing.
Rub it into the surface, using a pointy something-or-another to get into the cracks & crevices. (I use a bamboo skewer tucked into the cloth.)
Just wipe on a thin coat and buff it off. If you want it darker, then keep adding layers until you’re happy with it. Then set it aside to dry for a few hours, and you’re good to go! It’s a very subtle technique, but can look heavier with more sanding and more wax.
So that’s my tips on how to distress a painted sign. It also works well on furniture if you’d rather try that method, too.