Most of the "vote for me" political signs that are littering the landscape at this time of the year are made from cloroplast, corrigated plastic. Sand them down a little and use a flat external house paint on them. Couldn't be cheaper, and are a much better use of the material than they had been used for up to that point. :wink:
I have called the local campaign office for some of the candidates that have run unsucessfully for office and they were more than happy to have someone take them off their hands. If they leave them in your yard after the elections are over, they should be fair game as well.
I just order 3 sheets of 4' x 8' 4mm thick plastic cardboard from a sign shop in my local town. I am getting gray as a base so its not too noticable when they scratch. They going to cost about $11.50 for a full sheet.
I was just wondering that paint anyone has used and how it held up. I was planning to lightly sand the silos before I paint and use the new Krylon that ia made ot bond with plastic if I can get it in flat colors.
I dont know how to post pics here on the website, but if you send me an email at [email protected], I can send you some pics of what they look like.
I havent been using them as much this year since i have added 18 GHG full bodies as well as a dozen GHG shells on motion stakes to my spread.
Joined: 30 Jul 2004
Location: Altoona, Pa.
Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 4:25 pm Post subject:
I have three different patterns, two feeders and a sentry. They were hand drawn by my better half on newsprint style paper. She looked at pictures I had taken of real geese to get the dimensions right. I then cut them out and transferred them to a plywood pattern. Having the patterns this way, it is easy to just trace around them with a marker. Originally i tried the 4 x 8 sheets of particle board that cover paneling skids. While this material was super cheap. (About a buck a sheet) It just doenst hold up when it gets wet, and breaks easily in the decoy bag. I then went to 1/4 inch plywood, these make some nice silos, but 3 or 4 dozen of them are very , very heavy to lug into the field. Hence the idea of the corrugated plastic.
I picked up two different thicknesses of it from a local gas station. Some
were soda signs and cigarette advertising signs. I have found you definately need to sand the surface on them for paint to adhere well.
After stacking the signs together, i clamp them together, trace around the pattern with a marker and then cut them out with the rotozip tool. I've found that 4 sheets together works nicely. Make sure you have a sharp bit or it will tend to melt the pieces together. You could also cut them out with a big pair of industrial scissors if you dont have the rotozip or similar tool, It just takes longer to make them. As for painting them, I made different templates out of cardboard. After painting the whole silo black, I lay each template on and add the appropriate color gray or white, I usually mix in some brown or black on the upper half to make it a darker more natural color. I went to the local recycling plant the other day and picked up some stiff heavy gauge wire, about 1/8 inch diameter i think, it seems heavy enough for hard ground and fits in the plastic nicely, so that is what i am going to try for now.
While I would still love to have a spread full of fullbodies and real geese, outlaws, what have you, These will work until I can afford to buy some.These silos help fill in my spread of shells and floaters at very minimal cost. Not to mention the fun and satisfaction involved of decoying birds into your own handmade decoys.
I just picked up 4 4x8 sheets from the local 76 station. They were advertising to win some kind of dodge car. It is over now and they might still have them. Also if you are in Oregon another 76 station was advertising something for the Oregon State Beavers that should be over soon. I will also be getting that.
I Figure that I can get 8 or 9 on a sheet depending on poses so when its all said and done I should probably have about 3 doz med sized silos:lol:
As for another suggestion: I'm a lawyer and we are always throwing away huge blowups of documents/pictures/maps that are printed on a hard-coated cardboard. I really think this stuff would work as well. Most of these things are the size of say two sheets of regular posterboard taped end to end.
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