happiness raw steel script sign This beautiful bare metal sign is ready to paint! 21x7.5" in size. This word art is cut from steel about as thick as a nickel. This do-it-yourself raw steel sign is coated with an oily film to prevent rust during transit. While we use brand new steel and use rust preventative measures on the mild steel, your raw steel sign can develop slight surface rusting during shipment to your location. This is most likely during transits in high humidity and/or the package being delivered in the rain. Any light surface rust is easily removed by lightly sanding or scuffing with a green scrubbing pad before painting or display. We recommend lacquer based paint thinner, acetone, automotive brake cleaner or solvent based wax amp; grease remover to clean the oily film off of the sign before painting. Sanding with a 220 grit or finer sand paper or using a green scrubbing pad to scuff the surface of the metal will greatly enhance paint adhesion. Spray paint with primer is an easy coating for this type of sign. We do not recommend water-based paint on raw steel products as it can cause rust instead of preventing it. Always paint the back side first, so that the front will not be placed down after painting. Signs can be hung with commercial grade double-sided tape, Command strips, or you can use small finish nails through the openings in letters. We hope to provide you with a great starter piece for a fun project! With time and exposure to moisture the sign will rust if not painted .