Sign & Digital Graphics

November '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • November 2019 • 57 "We offer custom color matching, which is critical to a good-looking, final, finished look," tells Stewart. "Raceways must match the wall color, or you will not be left with a professional looking job." Going into a little more detail, Wheeler says, "In the ideal world every customer would give you a Sherwin Williams color number. This seldom hap- pens so we match to a Sherwin Williams book or other colors that Matthews paint can match formulas with." Through experience, sign makers will learn to distinguish which colors are the best fit for the raceway. Wheeler gives a tip that, "we always choose a color just a shade darker than the wall color for the raceway color. This helps the race- way to disappear. If you choose the exact color of the wall the raceway will look brighter, since there is a shadow below and between the letters." Materials As with the actual channel letters on the sign, the raceway should be made strong enough to endure through many years. "Gemini's fabricated letters can be made with either aluminum or stain- less steel," says Meyer. "Stainless steel has the benefit of a wide variety of finish options—painted, brushed or polished finishes as well as several colored tita- nium coatings." Regarding material for the raceway, there are some options, however accord- ing to Stewart, "Extruded aluminum is the best (because) it's an excellent heat sink to dissipate heat from the power supplies." Wheeler agrees saying that "We build all our raceways and letters of aluminum. We seldom use steel for anything other than center pole-mounted signs. Steel is just too dirty to work with. Aluminum is easier to fabricate and paint." When painting aluminum, it's impor- tant to note the appropriate steps to achieve the highest quality. Brazzell sug- gests, "Extruded raceway material must be primed and painted before install. The letters come in pre-finished colors and usually are either five inches or three inches deep." The Latest As channel letters have progressed through the years in every aspect from fabrication to illumination, raceways have done the same. In fact, the very changes that have occurred in channel letters have provoked improvements in raceway technology. "With the new LED illumination tech- nology that has swept through the sign industry, Howard Industries saw the need to develop a slimmer low-profile lighter weight raceway design with an integral Wiring is protected by the raceway from any severe external conditions like heat or moisture. • Now you can form reverse channel letters from .063" aluminum coil, 1" to 6" in height and fl anged letters from .032" to .040" in thickness for less than $50,000 • Cutting, notching, fl anging functions all utilize powerful hydraulics INCLUDES NEW Trade Up A Notch program with guaranteed trade-in value between years 3 & 4! ChannelBender EX 303.798.7110, ext. 203 Introducing the NEW

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