How to Paste up a Billboard

Pasting a billboard often requires the assistance of a friend to avoid risky maneuvering while elevated.
Pasting a billboard often requires the assistance of a friend to avoid risky maneuvering while elevated. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Billboards are large, usually colorful advertising posters leveraged over a busy intersection or thoroughfare on large sign poles. Some billboards are smaller and appear on the outside of concert venues to announce upcoming acts. Billboards are attached to their medium with the help of wheat paste and pasting larger billboards can require the help of at least one other person. Pasting billboards can be very dangerous and you should take precaution and secure yourself while on elevated sign posts.

Things You'll Need

  • Wheat paste
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Scaffolding
  • Paint roller
  • 6-foot paint roller pole
  • Rope

Fill a 5-gallon bucket with 3 gallons of warm water. Sprinkle a small amount wheat paste over the water, mix and repeat until the glue mixture is about as thick as pancake batter.

Climb the ladder steps up to the scaffolding with the rope in tow. At the top, drop the rope down to a partner, who will tie the 5-gallon bucket to the end. Hoist the glue bucket to the scaffolding. Have your partner hand you the paint roller and pole.

Coat the first third of the old poster with a liberal amount of wheat paste. While you continue to roll glue, your partner should begin to roll out the new poster over the old poster. Add glue to the edge of the new poster before rolling out.

After the poster is completely applied, roll over the poster edges with another coat of wheat paste to ensure that the edges remain stuck to the billboard surface. The top corners are the most critical, as the weight of the poster can make them curl. Don't worry about wrinkles in the poster, as they tend to lessen as the glue dries.

Lower the bucket and paint rollers to the ground and climb back down the ladder.

Tips & Warnings

  • A third partner is useful, as he can look out from the ground and help hoist supplies.
  • Before pasting a billboard, be sure to receive express permission from the billboard company prior to changing the existing advertisement or poster.

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