Sign & Digital Graphics

September '19

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28 • September 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL In the end, the frames were pretty simple, fairly fast to assemble and cost the school $6 each not counting installa- tion. Once a frame was completed, it was put into a clear plastic bag to protect it from scratches and fingerprints. We tried using the same glue to assemble the two-tone letters, but the caution yellow acrylic was a bit too transparent and you could see a slightly darker spot through the yellow where a drop of glue was located once a letter was assembled. Rats! We discovered that thin strips of banner tape used as a clear double-sided adhesive, for some reason, did not show up in the same way. And, using that tech- The letters and the logo were made of school bus yellow 1/8" acrylic applied over an outline/ shadow of 3/16" black acrylic. Some of the lettering was quite small, but not small enough to be difficult to handle. Not weld glue, but simple double-sided tape (banner tape cut in narrow strips) was used to adhere the top layer to the bottom layer, which worked fine and involved no smears or mess. Glue seemed to show through the top layer anyway. A pattern was created which fit the lettering with a 1/16" margin all around. The American Flag graphic was also layers of acrylic, though the red stripss and blue starry field was simple HP vinyl.

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