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Layering on Ghost Sign

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mojavegirl says:

Can someone explain the layering of ghost signs?
2:55PM, 5 February 2008 PDT (permalink)

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improbcat says:

If you mean the fact you sometimes see one sign painted over another, it is simple. Think of modern billboards, they get changed on a regular basis right? The same was often done with signs painted onto buildings. They'd paint an ad on, then a few years later another company would come by and pay them to put a different one up. Or a different company would be occupying the building and want to advertise their stuff where the former business had their advertising.
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mojavegirl says:

I guess what I am asking is why the painting over faded away and the wording remained. Was a different paint, like whitewashing, used to cover the old wording and it faded just leaving the wording? Does that make sense?
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destinync2002 says:

i'm not sure, but i'd say paint quality had something to do with it. just think about what colors they would have used for the wording. they would most likely be vibrant or on vibrant colors, and most likely higher quality due to that was the part that they wanted to last. a lot of paints contained lead to make them brighter - yellows reds greens, etc. the whites and other background colors didn't matter as much and lead paints can last a lot longer.
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