The Secrets of Dapper Signs' Faux Neon Effect

Dapper Signs' guide to creating faux neon lettering using sign painting and airbrush techniques.

Painted sign giving the illusion of an illuminated neon sign.
Dapper Signs' faux neon effect.

Bristol's Dapper Signs has been bashing out faux neon signs for a few years now. They've always caught my eye, so I invited him to share his secret recipe. And he said yes! In addition to your regular sign painting gear, you'll need an airbrush and some fine lining brushes.

Budget Neon

Dapper Signs (with apologies to Ash Bishop at Brilliant Signs)