The Cold Weather Warrior In Signage

Joel Lunsford, owner of Lunsford Signs, knows how to make an impressive sign out of HDU. Lunsford Signs is a full service sign shop and specializes in all types of signage. When speaking with Joel last week to congratulate him on winning the “Best Engineered” category of our Facebook contest, he mentioned that he hasn’t used wood for a sign in over 20 years!

Being located in Hot Sulphur Springs, CO, means exterior signs face some tough weather and a lot of moisture. When Joel first started in the industry, wood signs began requiring too much maintenance to keep afloat and were at risk of water intrusion. Joel turned to Precision Board Plus HDU – the cold weather warrior – after finding out it wouldn’t allow any moisture in from snow, rain or ice. Noticing that HDU held detail, painted and routed better than wood made the crossover permanent.

The contest winning sign was made for the “Your Art’s Desire” Art Studio using a 1.5″ x 4′ x 8′ sheet of PBLT-20, cut on Joel’s CNC router. Texture was added to the yellow section by hand, while the purple section was finished using purple smaltz, which was poured onto a mixture of Smith’s Cream and One Shot Paint (see the history of smaltz here). The entire sign is painted in Matthews Paints.


Joel Lunsford has been in the signmaking industry as owner of Lunsford Signs since 1996. For those who are curious, he chose a gallon of our PB Fast Set as his winning prize! Be sure to take a look at his website,, for more info.

Precision Board Plus fact: Did you know that Precision Board Plus has been tested from -423˚F to +300˚F with no degradation or breakdown?