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Faux Sign Bases. 5 Options You Should Know About.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Be a Pro When It Comes To Faux

There are a lot of options when it comes to bases and decorative elements for monument signs. 

Pouring a concrete form or laying a brick base is not for everyone and may be cost prohibitive, a logistics challenge, or just not make sense. 

Here are 5 options to achieve some natural looks with faux materials.

  1. Concrete: This look is achieved with a Spray Finish. Gives you the look of concrete using a durable exterior grade DryVit product with a sand pebble type additive to provide the texture.

  2. Stucco/EIFS: This look is achieved using a Textured Finish. The look of stucco (or EIFS, exterior insulated finish system) uses a similar product as the concrete only the finish is hand troweled giving a more pronounced/rough finish.

  3. Brick: This look is achieved using a combination of Spray + Texture Finish. To achieve a brick look the entire base is given a spray finish which will represent the grout lines. Then a “brick” template is laid over top and another layer, (the brick layer) is hand troweled to give the rough look of a brick. 

  4. Rusted steel: This is achieved by creating a chemical reaction on aluminum with steel flakes and a chemical agent, then clear coated to stop the process and cure the substrate. Read more on this technique here.

  5. *Wood: This can be achieved a couple ways. Shown in the images above are both powder coated aluminum panels and painted MDF board.

NOTE: An array of finishes can be achieved using *manufactured foam panels, like the ones from
Texture Plus.

*These finishes are not created in our manufacturing facility but we do assemble/build with these materials in-house.


These products are all exterior rated and require little to minimal maintenance.  Total project savings can range between 35-50% versus a real masonry depending on the size of your base.
All product options, excluding foam panels, are created in our manufacturing facility in Grinnell, IA.
The entire sign is more flexible. If you ever needed to re-locate a sign to a new location it can be done very simply.  


The cost of a faux finish over a painted finish is about 10-15%. 
Using a faux finish does add 1-2 days to the production time of the sign due to layers and drawing of the finishes.


With all finishes, wash (just use water and dish soap) signage 1-2 times per year for optimal finish lifespan.
Always avoid direct exposure to irrigation systems.

ImageFirst™ produces about 25 signs per year that contain faux finishes. While this is a small portion of business it is nice to have these options. 

If you have any questions email us here or reach out to your favorite IF representative today.

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