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3 0 G R A P H I C S P R O J U L Y 2 0 2 0 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M the same depth for all letters. I stopped fre- quently during the blasting process to check for even depth. After finishing the panels in the blast room, they were moved to the outside for cleaning. I first blew them off with com- pressed air and after that took a vacuum to go over the entire panel to make sure that all dust was removed before painting. I wanted to use gold paint and had a me- tallic gold that was bright that I liked. The problem was that it was rated for interior use only, and most of the other gold paints for exterior were not bright enough. Then I came across a Rust-Oleum paint that was rated for outdoors and was a combination of primer and paint. I tried it out on a sam- ple piece and liked the result. Here I would like to remind everyone that it is important to read the informa- tion on any paint can as the properties of the paints vary quite a bit. This one said it dries to the touch in 30 minutes, is safe to be handled in two hours, and is fully cured within 24 hours. I sprayed the panels with the stencils in place and let the paint dry enough to be able to safely remove the stencil. If you wait too long, the paint will form a bond with the stencil and upon removal of the sten- cil, will rip the paint, giving your project a sloppy look. After the final cleanup of the panel, my job was done. While I had been working on the granite slabs, the landscaping company was busy chiseling out the size of the granite slabs into the sandstone columns. Most of that work was done by hand and took several days to be accomplished. The slabs would fit into the recess and have a bottom ledge to rest on, but we wanted to make sure that they would not move forward after being glued into place. Two further safety measures were added: grooving the upper back of the panel and The logo blasted into the granite. The granite slabs set into the monuments and protect- ed by foam wrap. The granite slabs pinned and grooved, ready to be glued into the recesses. The carved-out recesses to receive the granite slabs. The gold paint has been applied and we partially re- moved the stencil. A picture of the area for the monuments before they were installed. Removing the foam covers from the granite slabs. All three stone columns in place. Above: For instal- lation, a crane lifted the individual stone columns. Left: Plac- ing the first stone.

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