Sign & Digital Graphics

January '19

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72 • January 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL pendicular while I tack-welded it, step by step the job was completed. After some prep work, cleaning and sanding, those two hollow logos would be headed to the powder coating booth. Slade and crew worked on the large wrap-around box sign with the company name cut out, backlit with LED's through white plex inserts. The aluminum pans which were to become the faces were formed on a press brake and later would be beautifully powder coated. Sloan and his crew did the powder coating of those two large sign cans, plus the raised logos and their contrast- ing overlay cutouts that went on the front of each logo. I made the standoff mounts to hold them the right distance from the sign itself for the halo lighting. I also made a full size install pattern from cor- rugated plastic and would get the job of installing those large 3 D logos using my old bucket truck. Slade's crew erected the main structure using an available forklift and installed the two lighted company name signs while standing on the ground. Slade had wired the logos with plenty of LEDs, which were connected to a controller that would cause the lighting behind the large raised logos to slowly rotate through a variety of colors, all reflected nicely off the brushed alumi- num finish of the sign's exterior. He also installed all the LED lighting for the 3' x 10' company name signs, which worked very well, and all the LED electronics should provide maintenance-free per- formance for years to come. No paint was used on the sign, since all the metal sign components were pow- der coated, not painted. As mentioned, the signs skin was made of pre-finished aluminum laminate, requiring no other coating. Only the large tire tread pattern done in was plotted black vinyl. This sign, basically an overgrown mon- ument sign, is quite large. Approximately 14ft tall and about 11ft wide at the top and half that at the bottom, plus the com- pany name sign wraps around and extends past the main structure. But the size is probably not as important as the design, colors and nighttime lighting are. Slade prepares to assemble one of the inter- nally illuminated 3' x 10' company name signs. Holes where the stand-offs will mount are accurately located using the same large pattern used to drill mounting holes in the logos. Easier on the ground than in the air, the brightly colored overlays for the logos are set in place temporarily and drilled for mounting with powder coated screws later. With Rick in the bucket and extra man- power on the ground, the large logos are set in place over standoffs previously installed. Here the top layer of the logo is being installed, offset with spacers to add more 3D character to the finished sign.

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