I have a round metal art sign I would like to hang on a stucco wall just outside my main door. What would be the best way to hang a sign like this?

Metal Sign


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This piece of artwork must be between 16 to 24 inches in diameter. Yes? Was this originally a barrel stave a ring or a keeper or similar? They've flattened 3/4 of the band of metal leaving it canted at the bottom, yes?

I am thinking this is not more than 5 to 7 pounds? You need to find out the proper weight and then be able to screw a weather resistant hanger into a wooden stud. Screws, never use nails. Galvanized hanger and screws or at least powder coated hanger. Always black color, matt.

How have your outer walls been constructed? From the stucco to the interior of your home? How was your stucco installed? Is there exterior plywood covered with tyvek or similar? 1/2" to 3/4" thick exterior plywood. I've seen stucco homes built over hay bales and chicken wire.

In any case, I would use a stud finder and ensure there was a solid 2X4 or 2X6 stud, use a block of wood with cantilevered edges at the top and sides to direct any water away from the stucco, then attach your powder coated hanger hardware that has a short hook or hanger to hold this metal art work away from the stucco but not so much it is able to blow in the wind and move around. Look for black powder coated hardware. Use pressure treated wood for the blocking and I would paint with black matt exterior coating...if you go that route.

Main thing is to use galvanized SCREWS never nails. Powder coated hardware. Screws meant for the weight of this artwork and screwed in to the supporting wall studs or plywood under the siding.

What metal is this artwork? Is it meant for exterior use to be allowed a natural patina? I am thinking it might also be best sprayed with a black, matt, Rustoleum spray so it doesn't rust, unless you want rust which looks great. Make sure the bottom of this piece is secured also so that it doesn't touch the stucco. If you use a pressure treated block or backing you HAVE to use powder coated hardware as well as screws. The pressure treatment will dissolve any other hardware within a year.

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    There are chemically treated screws that outlast galvinization 10 to one. It all depends on. How the stucco was installed over wood or just wire.
    – Ed Beal
    Nov 15, 2018 at 2:38
  • But are they made for pressure treated wood? Today's pressure treated wood? Galvanized is worthless as hardware for pressure treated wood. Non powder coated hardware will 'dissolve' within one year, I've witnessed this. I agree, it does matter how the stucco was installed! Yay!
    – stormy
    Nov 15, 2018 at 3:28
  • This artwork would look awesome with a tasteful amount of verdigris spray paint unless this metal will have its own patina.
    – stormy
    Nov 16, 2018 at 21:43
  • Stainless steel fasteners are the way to go. @stormy, why do you think that pressure treated wood is used inside the house walls ?
    – Alaska Man
    Sep 15, 2019 at 18:08
  • Hi there Alaska. I had 8X8 pt posts in my basement. As well as other places such as covered gazebos...
    – stormy
    Sep 16, 2019 at 3:48

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