How to Make Your Own Gas Station Sign

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Making a sign for your gas station is a creative way add a personal touch to your business. A gas station sign may be used in addition to -- or instead of -- a traditional neon sign by the edge of the road into the gas station. Take an artistic approach to making a sign. It could be a wooden sign on the front of the building, a plastic banner that hangs inside the window or a sandwich board that is put out every morning and taken inside when the gas station closes. Fast Signs advises that full-color graphics get the most attention and that a border helps your customers focus as they can read it 26 percent faster.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood, plastic or a banner
  • Pencil
  • Brown wrapping paper
  • White paint
  • Colored markers
  • Colored paints
  • Spray paint
  • Brushes
  • Shellac
  • Cleaning solvent
  • Measure the area you are going to put your sign. No matter if it is outside, inside or on a sandwich board, you need to know the dimensions so you can plan accordingly.

  • Draft a sign. Use brown wrapping paper -- taped together if required -- and do a test run of your gas station sign. Use colored markers, rather than paint. Revise accordingly and do another mock-up until you get the design you want.

  • Gauge how big the letters have to be. Fast Sign suggests that the sign be easily distinguishable from its surroundings and that it can be seen from a typical viewing distance. If you don't have much room, use lightly colored letters on a dark background.

  • Paint a white undercoat if you are using wood. Let the undercoat dry thoroughly.

  • Buy, make or download letter stencils for your sign if you want a uniform finish. Alternatively, freehand sketch in the letters and then paint them.

  • Use color. Whereas a black and white sign may go relatively unnoticed, color draws the view's eyes and alerts them to your gas station. If you have enough space, go with bright letters -- red, yellow and green -- for an eye-catching effect.

  • Add photos to your sign. Fast Signs advises that photos add an extra 300 percent recall. Depending on the sort of gas station sign, get a photo enlarged and stick it to the sign and then shellac over it to protect it from the elements.

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